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Review: could Cephalexin cause Ibs?

Summary: Ibs could be caused by Cephalexin, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Levaquin, and have Acne.

We study 7,219 people who have side effects while taking Cephalexin from FDA and social media. Among them, 93 have Ibs. Find out below who they are, when they have Ibs and more.

On Apr, 13, 2014: 7,219 people reported to have side effects when taking Cephalexin. Among them, 93 people (1.29%) have Ibs. They amount to 0.13% of all the 70,432 people who have Ibs on eHealthMe.

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
Ibs57.14%42.86%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%

Gender of people who have Ibs when taking Cephalexin * :

FemaleMale
Ibs64.52%35.48%

Age of people who have Ibs when taking Cephalexin * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Ibs0.00%0.00%11.25%27.50%1.25%3.75%20.00%36.25%

Severity of Ibs when taking Cephalexin ** :

n/a

How people recovered from Ibs ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Acne (18 people, 19.35%)
  2. Light chain analysis increased (12 people, 12.90%)
  3. Multiple myeloma (12 people, 12.90%)
  4. Constipation (11 people, 11.83%)
  5. Allergic sinusitis (8 people, 8.60%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Levaquin (39 people, 41.94%)
  2. Accutane (35 people, 37.63%)
  3. Ambien (33 people, 35.48%)
  4. Amoxicillin (32 people, 34.41%)
  5. Zofran (31 people, 33.33%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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