CephalexinAn oral antibiotic with anti-inflammatory effects.CephalexinOral MedicationTrueShould you become pregnant, please stop this medication and check in with your dermatologist.capsulecephalosporinsPrescription250, 500mg

Oral cephalexin for acne vulgaris: Clinical experience with 93 patients.

Pediatric Dermatology

A retrospective review of patients treated with cephalexin demonstrated that 78% of patients exhibited at least some clinical improvement.

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Current issues in antimicrobial therapy for the treatment of acne.

Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology

P. acnes exhibits high in vitro sensitivity to a wide range of antimicrobials including cephalexin.

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Acne vulgaris: One treatment does not fit all.

Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine

Cephalexin may be a helpful acne treatment for those who fail traditional antibiotics or cannot tolerate them.

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Treatment of acne in pregnancy

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine

A short course of oral cephalexin is safe to use for moderate-to-severe acne during pregnancy.

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Treatment of acne vulgaris during pregnancy and lactation

Drugs

In a review of acne treatment during pregnancy and lactation, cephalexin is described as an acceptable second-line treatment.

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IngredientsCephalexin

Ceph

Oral Medication

C16H17N3O4S

Oral medication icon clear backgroundBlack, pill shaped outline with white background.

TARGETS:

Inflammation IconBlack like with a bump in the middle and a copy of that bump offset above the line.

Inflammation

AcneVarious circles filled in black and white used to represent a digital version of hormonal acne.

Acne-causing bacteria

BENEFITS:

Improves moderate-to-severe acne

Reduces acne located on the chest and back

Helps get active lesions under control while topical treatments kick in

2008

Oral cephalexin for acne vulgaris: Clinical experience with 93 patients.

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Pediatric Dermatology

2002

Current issues in antimicrobial therapy for the treatment of acne.

Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology

2003

Acne vulgaris: One treatment does not fit all.

Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine

2016

Treatment of acne in pregnancy

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine

2013

Treatment of acne vulgaris during pregnancy and lactation

Drugs

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SIDE EFFECTS


The most common side effects are diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or upset stomach. Oral thrush and vaginal yeast infections can occur with prolonged use. This medication may rarely cause a severe intestinal infection (Clostridium-dificile associated diarrhea). Symptoms may include persistent diarrhea, abdominal pain/cramping, and blood/mucus in your stool. Allergic reaction to this medication is rare. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching/swelling (especially of face/tongue/throat), dizziness and trouble breathing. Should you become pregnant, please stop this medication and check in with your dermatologist.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Contact your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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