What is Rilexine (Cephalexin) used for?
Rilexine (Cephalexin) is an oral antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections affecting dogs. The medication operates by destroying or slowing the reproduction of bacteria cells allowing the immune system to control or eliminate the infection. It is commonly prescribed for the treatment of bacterial infections affecting the lungs, respiratory tract, skin, soft tissues, middle ear, or urinary tract. It should be noted that this medication is only effective for treating bacterial infections and will have no effect on those caused by fungus or a virus. The veterinarian may also prescribe this medication for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Rilexine (Cephalexin)?
Rilexine (Cephalexin) should be used strictly according to the veterinarian's instructions to ensure the safest and most effective results from treatment. Most dogs are prescribed one tablet to be taken twice daily for a cycle of medication lasting one or two weeks. The best directions will depend your pet's age, weight, current health, the condition being treated, and the severity of its symptoms. These may be given on empty stomach. These doses may be hidden in a snack if your pet has trouble taking them. Never chew, crush, or split the tablet before using them as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Do not stop using the medication before being told to do so, even if your pet's symptoms seem to have disappeared, as the infection may not be gone and can return stronger or more resistant to treatment. Ask your pharmacist or veterinarian any questions you have about the medication to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Rilexine (Cephalexin)?
Rilexine (Cephalexin) may cause side effects in some dogs such as:
Serious side effects that may require immediate medical attention are confusion, fainting, sensitive skin, easier bruising, urinary retention, severe diarrhea that is bloody or watery, or seizures. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced application frequency, or immediate medical attention in serious cases to prevent further complications from occurring.
Rilexine (Cephalexin) is only meant to treat dogs and should not be given to other animals or humans. These should not be administered to dogs that are allergic to cephalosporin antibiotics or that have had an immediate allergic reaction to penicillin antibiotics. Also inform the veterinarian if your dog has allergies to penicillin antibiotics, if it has had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past, or has reduced kidney function. These conditions may cause unexpected complications requiring special adjustments to your pet's regimen.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by the veterinarian while using Rilexine (Cephalexin). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the dog and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain dogs, it is essential you always inform the veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or nursing, as well as if it has any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if it is taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if your dog has an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.