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Antibiotics Adult, Children

Cephalosporins - Dosage and How to Use

How should Cephalosporins be used?

  • Refer to the following table to find out when to take your medication:      


​Cephalosporins When to take​
​Cephalexin, Cefadroxil, Cefixime​With or without food
​Cefuroxime​With or after food


  • Take the medication as prescribed by the doctor, at evenly spaced intervals, to keep a constant level of medication in the body.
  • You should complete each course of antibiotics even if you feel better as incomplete treatment might cause the infection to return or cause antibiotic resistance. When antibiotic resistance happens, the antibiotic will not be able to control the growth or kill the bacteria anymore.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

​If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Then take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

Cephalosporins - Additional Information

  • Updated on Wednesday, March 31, 2021
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

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