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Cephalexin vs Acyclovir, a side effect and effectiveness comparison for a female patient aged 40

This is personalized comparison of Cephalexin vs Acyclovir for a female aged 40. The study is created by eHealthMe based on reports from FDA and social media.

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What are the drugs

Cephalexin (latest outcomes from 8,041 users) has active ingredients of cephalexin. It is often used in infection.

Acyclovir (latest outcomes from 1,256 users) has active ingredients of acyclovir. It is often used in herpes simplex.

On May, 17, 2014: 1,246 female patients aged 35 who take the same drugs are studied in Cephalexin vs Acyclovir

Information of patient in study:

GenderAgeReason for the drug

Drugs to compare:

Cephalexin cephalexinCeph Intl
Acyclovir acyclovirTeva

eHealthMe real world results:

For females aged 35 (±5):

Most common side effects:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Cephalexin (Ceph Intl)Acyclovir (Teva)
Chest PainNausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)
Nausea (feeling of having an urge to vomit)Chest Pain
Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)Drug Ineffective
DepressionPyrexia (fever)
Arthralgia (joint pain)Depression
Abdominal PainPain In Extremity
Pain In ExtremityPain
Urinary Tract InfectionPruritus (severe itching of the skin)
Dyspnoea (difficult or laboured respiration)Fatigue (feeling of tiredness)
FallSinusitis (inflammation of sinus)

Most common side effects experienced by people in long term use:

(click on each outcome to view in-depth analysis, incl. how people recovered)
Cephalexin (Ceph Intl)Acyclovir (Teva)
Acne Cystic (skin problems that cause pimples)Candidiasis (candidiasis or thrush is a fungal infection)
ConstipationCandidal Infection Nos
AnxietyDrug Exposure During Pregnancy
DepressionFood Intolerance (inability to have food)
Road Traffic AccidentAbortion Induced (medically referred abortion)
Suicidal IdeationFood Allergy
Suicide AttemptPolyhydramnios (excess of amniotic fluid in the amniotic sac)
Loss Of ConsciousnessVaginitis (inflammation of the vagina)
Chest InjuryBone Loss
Back InjuryPneumatosis Intestinalis (air or gas in an intestine)

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On eHealthMe, Cephalexin (cephalexin) is often used to treat infection. Acyclovir (acyclovir) is often used to treat herpes simplex. Find out below the conditions the drugs are used for, how effective they are, and any alternative drugs that you can use to treat those same conditions.

What is the drug used for and how effective is it:

Other drugs that are used to treat the same conditions:

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NOTE: The study is based on active ingredients. Other drugs that have the same active ingredients are also considered.

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