Cephalexin (Keflex) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations

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What is the Generic Name for Keflex?

cephalexin

What is the Trade Name for cephalexin?

Keflex

What are the Indications of Cephalexin (Keflex) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

skin infections, pneumonia, UTI, otitis media

What are the Actions of Cephalexin (Keflex) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

bactericidal: binds to bacterial cell wall leading to cell death

What is the Therapeutic Class of Cephalexin (Keflex) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

anti-infectives

What is the Pharmacologic Class of Cephalexin (Keflex) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

Cephalosporin 1st generations

What are the Nursing Considerations of Cephalexin (Keflex) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

  • contraindicated with cephalosporin and serious penicillin allergies.
  • may need lead to seizures, pseudomembranous colitis, diarrhea, phlebitis at IV site, anaphylaxis
  • Assess infection and allergies
  • obtain cultures prior to therapy
  • monitor bowel function
  • may lead to super infection
  • may cause elevated liver enzymes

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