Cefalexin

Usual solid dosage form
Capsules, tablets
Available as a liquid
Yes
Available as a licensed liquid formulation?
Yes - oral suspension
Liquid strengths
125mg/5mL, 250mg/5mL
Liquid sugar free or not
Sugar free available but not all preparations are sugar free
Additional information for Healthcare Professionals+
Dissolve directly in mouth
No
Available as soluble tablets
No
Sub-lingual
No
Specially coated?
No
Available as an unlicensed special liquid formulation?
No
Licensed for administration via enteral tube
No
Advice on administration via enteral tube
Current resources suggest that it is likely to be safe to administer cephalexin oral suspension via enteral feeding tubes. Stop the enteral feed before administration. Draw up the required dose into an enteral syringe then administer via enteral feeding tube. Flush the feeding tube with water before and after administration of the medication. No break in feeding is required after the medication has been administered.
Available as other formulations?
No
Note
Absorbtion may be reduced if cefalexin is administered directly into the jejunum as this is the main site of absorption.
Film coated
Yes
Modified release
No
Enteric coated
No
Sugar coated
No
Generic drug
Cefalexin
Safe or appropriate to crush
Licensed alternative formulations available and therefore crushing is not recommended.