Dr. Manura Nanayakkara is a practicing doctor in Sri Lanka. He holds a postgraduate diploma in psychiatry.
What Is Sporidex?
Sporidex is a popular brand name of the antibiotic cephalexin, which is commonly prescribed and well tolerated by most patients. Sporidex is a cephalosporin-class antibiotic with broad-spectrum antibacterial activity. Since it is a first-generation cephalosporin, however, some bacteria are now resistant to it.
Generally it is a commonly prescribed and well tolerated antibiotic. In some cases, however, it can cause severe allergic reactions, diarrhea, or stomach upset.
It comes in 250mg and 500mg doses (Sporidex 250 and Sporidex 500).
It's worth noting that antibiotics will not work for colds, the flu, or other viral infections.
Uses of Sporidex
Sporidex is used to treat certain infections caused by bacteria such as pneumonia, as well as infections of the bone, ear, skin, and urinary tract, that do not respond to other drugs or that occur in pregnancy. It can also be used for respiratory tract infections, middle ear infections, sinus infection, and skin infections.
It is available as oral tablets, capsules, and liquids (the liquid form is usually used in children). However, it is typically not available in intravenous form.
It is not known to be harmful during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and it is commonly prescribed in pregnant women and nursing mothers.
Precautions and Warnings Before Taking Sporidex
Before taking Sporidex, your doctor needs to know if you have had previous allergic reactions to cephalosporin-class antibiotics. In addition, he or she will need to know if you have liver or kidney disease.
How to Use Sporidex
This medication is usually taken every six hours (four times a day) or every 12 hours (twice a day) for seven to ten days. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand.
Take Sporidex exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it, or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
If taking the liquid version, shake the liquid well before each use to mix the medication evenly. The capsules and tablets should be swallowed whole and taken with a full glass of water.
Continue to take Sporidex even if you feel well. Do not stop taking it without talking to your doctor.
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Side Effects of Sporidex
One of the most common side effects associated with this antibiotic is diarrhea, which is a reaction especially common to the syrup form. In addition, it can cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain in certain individuals.
In some patients, this antibiotic can cause allergic reactions such as hives and itchy rashes.
Here is a list of some of the most common side effects:
- Upset stomach
- Mild skin rash
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
- Severe skin rash
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
- Sore throat
- Painful mouth or throat sores
- Vaginal infection
Allergic Reaction to Sporidex
Rare Side Effects of Sporidex
In addition to the common side effects listed above, there have been some rare reactions to Sporidex, which include:
- Liver dysfunction
- Yellowish discoloration of the skin
- Joint pains
Dangerous Reactions to Sporidex
One of the most notable dangerous side effects of Sporidex is an anaphylactic reaction, which is an allergic reaction characterized by numerous itchy hives, edema (swelling) of the lips, difficulty in breathing, and pallor. It is a very dangerous reaction that needs immediate emergency care.
In addition, Sporidex can cause a reduced red blood cell count that can result in bleeding and lead to infections. It can also cause a rare kidney disease called interstitial nephritis. In very rare cases, it can cause hallucinations.
Other Important Information
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory.
If you are diabetic, ask your doctor about special precautions you may need to take.
Do not let anyone else take your medication. Your prescription is probably not refillable. If you still have symptoms of infection after you finish the Sporidex, call your doctor.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergency.
Please note that this author does not have any affiliation to this product or its manufacturer. The only purpose for this article is to highlight the uses and side effects of this medicine. Always see a doctor before starting any kind of treatment.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Nelson on May 16, 2018:
suhaib on May 19, 2017:
Kashif on July 08, 2016:
You should have mentioned the ages for capable of using sporidex 250 and 500 respectively
Madara on May 20, 2016:
This was so useful to me
zxx on September 26, 2015:
satpal on March 08, 2015:
me wonds and eye infection