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Review: could Cephalexin cause Photosensitivity reaction?

Summary: Photosensitivity reaction could be caused by Cephalexin, especially for people who are female, 50-59 old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Neurontin, and have Hepatitis c.

We study 7,295 people who have side effects while taking Cephalexin from FDA and social media. Among them, 33 have Photosensitivity reaction. Find out below who they are, when they have Photosensitivity reaction and more.

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Cephalexin

Cephalexin (latest outcomes from 8,027 users) has active ingredients of cephalexin. It is often used in infection.

Photosensitivity reaction

Photosensitivity reaction (latest reports from 27,502 patients) has been reported by people with high blood pressure, depression, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood cholesterol, multiple sclerosis.

On Apr, 12, 2014: 7,219 people reported to have side effects when taking Cephalexin. Among them, 33 people (0.46%) have Photosensitivity Reaction. They amount to 0.12% of all the 27,446 people who have Photosensitivity Reaction on eHealthMe.

Trend of Photosensitivity reaction in Cephalexin reports

Time on Cephalexin when people have Photosensitivity reaction * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Photosensitivity reaction100.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%

Gender of people who have Photosensitivity reaction when taking Cephalexin * :

FemaleMale
Photosensitivity reaction62.50%37.50%

Age of people who have Photosensitivity reaction when taking Cephalexin * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Photosensitivity reaction0.00%0.00%4.00%8.00%0.00%36.00%40.00%12.00%

Severity of Photosensitivity reaction when taking Cephalexin ** :

n/a

How people recovered from Photosensitivity reaction ** :

n/a

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Hepatitis c (7 people, 21.21%)
  2. Urinary tract infection (6 people, 18.18%)
  3. Pain (5 people, 15.15%)
  4. Infection (5 people, 15.15%)
  5. Pregnancy (5 people, 15.15%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Neurontin (16 people, 48.48%)
  2. Nortriptyline hcl (16 people, 48.48%)
  3. Prednisone (14 people, 42.42%)
  4. Valtrex (10 people, 30.30%)
  5. Prevacid (10 people, 30.30%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • From this study (2 days ago):

  • I just want to know if I can take Cephalexin while i take Atripla

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  • From this study (4 days ago):

  • female 35 on Apr, 21, 2014:

    I I have histiry of mental health problems but was in remission, been doing well for several years and not had a major depressuve episode in 10 years. I was doing yhe best I had been in yeaes before I took cephelexin several weeks ago... it started with extreme sleepiness then nightmares then feelin strange when awake and negative dark thoughts feeling detached from reality depersonalusation feeling confused about my identity confusion to extrene depression. Three weeks on it hasnt gone away..i am sleeping 14 hours a day can barely eat or take care of myself and crying because i woke up to face anther day....i told a doc he denied its the cephelexin but seemed very concerned and writing to my hp about my mental state....while im stayin in bed annd giving up i realy cant go through this again not when i had worked so hard to get where. i was before i took this drug. anyway im writing this incase anyone reads it before taking the cephelexin who has history of anxiety or depressive or other mental disorders.....do NOT take this drug. And of course doctors will deny it is cephalexin. I know it is and wikl be making an official report to the FDA. What i really want to know is how long before i feel normal agsin .doc said if it was cephelexin he would expect somone to feel better 78 to 84 hours after...i believe this drug can trigger mental health crisis is suseptable people that dors not just. go away when you stop taking it.

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    Lynn on Jul, 18, 2012:

    I am a 52 y.o. female who was given this medication for a mild sinus infection. Dosage 500mg 2x day for 10 days- which I thought was excessive. I started feeling muscle/joint pain within the 2nd day and dizziness & lethargy. Started meds on Thursday, by Sunday was in constant pain and out of it. I collapsed at work Monday morning with heart palpitations, thinking I had a heart attack, ending up in ER. I have no other health issues but my GP had me seen by a cardiologist - all testing normal and the longer I'm off the drug, the better I feel. Not to mention it also caused a yeast infection that is resistent to OTC medication.

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    Bethn328 on Aug, 15, 2012:

    My 19 year old daughter is experiencing an exacerbation of psychiatric symptoms of depression, anxiety, possible paranoia and started taking cephalexin for an ecoli kidney infection. The problems predate the cephalexin with her FASD but could the cephalexin be a factor in this crisis?

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