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Cephalexin—a new oral antibiotic
  1. Alan Bailey,
  2. A. Hadley,
  3. Allan Walker,
  4. D. Geraint James


    The pharmacology, antimicrobial activity and clinical uses of cephalexin, a semi-synthetic derivative of cephalosporin C, are described.

    Cephalexin is active, when taken by mouth, against Gram-positive cocci, including penicillinase-producing staphylococci, and against many Gram-negative organisms including Gram-negative rods.

    There is a low incidence of side effects.

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