This website is dedicated to one of the most widely used antibiotic medications on the market in the last forty-odd years. We wish to give the general public as much information about this antibiotic as possible and to inform them of what this medication can do. As you have noticed already, Keflex is an antibiotic. Antibiotics are a class of medications used for treating medical conditions caused by bacteria. Until the discovery of antibiotics in the 19th century, people used different molds and other naturally-occurring substances for treating bacterial infections. However, it was not until the 19th century that this was scientifically explained, which is when the first antibiotics appeared.
Unlike these first antibiotics, Keflex is not a penicillin antibiotic, meaning that it is not derived from the Penicillium fungi. Instead, Keflex is a cephalosporin antibiotic, derived from Acremonium. In fact, Keflex was the among the first cephalosporin antibiotics to be developed, of course, not under this brand name, but under the name cephalexin. It was introduced onto the market in 1967 and it has been in use world-wide ever since.
The main differences between Keflex and penicillin antibiotics is that it is effective against a wider range of different bacteria strains than penicillin antibiotics and that bacteria are less likely to develop a resistance to Keflex than to penicillin antibiotics. This is why Keflex, along with other cephalosporin antibiotics has become one of the most widely used antibiotic kinds, if not the most widely used.
Keflex works by inhibiting the formation of the cell walls in bacteria, thus leading to their premature death. It is used for a wide range of bacterial infections and medical conditions, or diseases that are caused by these types of bacteria. Among the most common uses for Keflex are in the treatment of conditions such as otitis media (middle ear infection), streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat), pneumonia, different urinary tract infections, cellulitis, infections of bone and joints, as well as in prevention of bacterial endocarditis.
There is a number of other conditions for which penicillin antibiotics are more commonly prescribed, but people who are oversensitive to penicillin are then prescribed with Keflex. However, if the person is extremely sensitive to penicillin, or allergic, there is a probability that they will also be allergic to Keflex.
There are certain measures of precaution everyone must take when using any antibiotics, including Keflex. Namely, antibiotics are most efficient when they are taken regularly and for the entire duration of the treatment. There are people who tend to skip a dose or two, thinking that it will have no effect on their treatment. This is a huge mistake as the bacteria are only waiting for such a window of opportunity to spread again. Also, if the patient stops taking too soon, thinking that the absence of symptoms means that the infection is treated, this again gives the opportunity to the bacteria to spread and cause symptoms once more.
In conclusion, Keflex is an antibiotic and one of the most commonly used ones, which testifies to its efficiency and its safety.