What is Lixen (Cephalexin) used for?
Lixen (Cephalexin) is an oral medication prescribed to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections affecting dogs. It operates by stopping or slowing the reproduction of bacteria cells allowing the immune system to eliminate the infection. This makes it useful for treating infections of the respiratory tract, skin, soft tissues, or urinary tract. Your veterinarian may recommend its use for the treatment of other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Lixen (Cephalexin)?
Always use Lixen (Cephalexin) strictly according to your physician's instructions to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. One tablet is normally administered each day for a cycle of medicine lasting one or two weeks, but the best directions will be determined by your dog's weight, age, current health, the severity of its symptoms, and the condition being treated. These should be given orally and may be hidden in a snack or meal if you have trouble administering the doses. Do not stop administering the medication, 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.
What are the side effects of Lixen (Cephalexin)?
Lixen (Cephalexin) may cause side effects in some dogs such as:
Stop administering the medication and contact your veterinarian if you witness any worrying symptoms including severe fatigue, tremors, vomiting, intense diarrhea that is bloody or watery, or signs of an allergic reaction such as skin rashes, swelling, or difficulty breathing. These conditions may require reduced dosages, frequency of administration, or emergency medical attention in serious cases to prevent further health problems from occurring.
Lixen (Cephalexin) should not be used in animals that are allergic to cephalosporin antibiotics, penicillin antibiotics, or that have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past. Also inform the veterinarian if your pet has decreased kidney function as this may require special adjustments to its treatments.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your veterinarian or pharmacist while using Lixen (Cephalexin). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the animal and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain animals, it is essential you always inform your veterinarian if it is pregnant or breastfeeding, 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 it 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.