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Review: could Cephalexin cause Ibs (Irritable bowel syndrome)?

Summary: Ibs is found among people who take Cephalexin, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Levaquin, and have Acne.

We study 7,324 people who have side effects while taking Cephalexin from FDA and social media. Among them, 94 have Ibs. Find out below who they are, when they have Ibs and more.

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Cephalexin

Cephalexin has active ingredients of cephalexin. It is often used in infection. (latest outcomes from 8,063 Cephalexin users)

Ibs

Ibs (irritable bowel syndrome -chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating) has been reported by people with acne, osteoporosis, depression, osteopenia, high blood pressure. (latest reports from 15,610 Ibs patients)

On Jan, 27, 2015: 7,324 people reported to have side effects when taking Cephalexin. Among them, 94 people (1.28%) have Ibs.

Trend of Ibs in Cephalexin reports

Time on Cephalexin when people have Ibs * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Ibs60.00%40.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%

Gender of people who have Ibs when taking Cephalexin * :

FemaleMale
Ibs64.89%35.11%

Age of people who have Ibs when taking Cephalexin * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Ibs0.00%0.00%11.11%27.16%2.47%3.70%19.75%35.80%

Severity of Ibs when taking Cephalexin ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Ibs0.00%100.00%0.00%0.00%

How people recovered from Ibs ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Ibs0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Acne (18 people, 19.15%)
  2. Light chain analysis increased (12 people, 12.77%)
  3. Multiple myeloma (12 people, 12.77%)
  4. Constipation (11 people, 11.70%)
  5. Allergic sinusitis (8 people, 8.51%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Levaquin (39 people, 41.49%)
  2. Accutane (35 people, 37.23%)
  3. Ambien (33 people, 35.11%)
  4. Amoxicillin (32 people, 34.04%)
  5. Zofran (31 people, 32.98%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • I was on cephalexin for 1 month and now after stopping i realize my loss of appetite is due to the drug. can i expect my appetite to resume and is there anything i can do to bring it back and gain
    Im 85 and losing weight due to loss of appetite directly related to a one month course of cephalexin. Is there anything i can do to regain my appetite or can i expect it to return gradually??
  • Can you take cephalexin and tamiflu together?
    She steered with aches, pain, fever, congestion in lungs. Started on Donalson. The mucous was clear at the time. After three days aches persisted and very low to no fever. Took to clinic. Dr said she has,flu and started her on Tamiflu. We took her off cephalexin. Coughing persists after 6 days and mucous now yellow green.
    Should we start her back on cephalexin?
  • Does anyone experience heart palpitations causedby their acid reflux ? (2 answers)
    I have had acid reflux/Gerd for 4 years + Was not believed that symptoms were real for a while as had no heartburn and a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia which even now some medics think is imaginary...it's NOT!!! Following a demeester score of 45 ( very high confirmation of acid reflux) and discovery of a large hiatal hernia, ( a classic physical cause of acid reflux) I had hernia repair operation and LINX anti reflux surgery. Throughout the four years a major symptom of my acid reflux were heart palpatations. They started at the same time I started with reflux and cleared up after the surgery. I have been reflux free palpitation free and antacid free for four months. then I was put on Gabapentin for back spasm and the reflux returned along with the palpitations. Medics keep insisting this is just anxiety yet eat a food that gives me reflux also starts the palps which is the indicator of the reflux as I do not have heartburn. Comes on when relaxing and eating watching tv ( no anxiety present) and when I am sleeping peacefully ( no anxiety present) my heart wakes me up and fires off into tachycardia. Recently a doctor has said it is now known that acid reflux irritates the nerves in the solar plexus area and that triggers the palps. Anyone else experienced this? Are there any studies on it at all? Thanks all.
  • Has anyone had lasting anxiety from taking linzess? (1 answer)
    Felt slight edginess and nervousness occurred while taking Linzess for 3 weeks (145mcg). I stopped taking it a month ago due this side effect, but upon discontinuation, the slight edginess turned into severe anxiety which is now causing high blood pressure.
    Has anyone experienced this?
  • My mom is 88. she takes lexapro in the evening. she wakes up hallucinating. it's starting to get to her. what should i try for her?
    My mom has been taking Lexapro for about 2 1/2 to 3 months. She was taking it in the morning and her therapist felt it was making her drowsy. I began giving it to her before bed, and I believe that is when she started waking up during the night with hallucinations. I'm not sure if they are vivid dreams that carry over when she awakens, or if she wakes up and sees visions. I do not want to change her meds, if possible. This combination of Aricept, Namenda and Lexapro have allowed her to be sharper mentally than she has in a number of years. Except for the hallucinations, it's been nothing short of amazing. Please help. Thank you

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    Ten years ago, I was not optimist about my future. Today, I am full of hope, wonder, energy, and excitement. I believe we have the ability to heal ourselves, but we must be diligent in our pursuit of knowledge, persistent and strong in our will to make lifestyle changes, and patient that results will come as long as we are doing all the right things. By the way, giving up foods I had eaten my entire life was not difficult at all once I did it long enough to realize the tremendous benefits of not eating them.

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