Compare Ceftin vs. Keflex

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Keflex (cephalexin)

Prescription only
Treats bacterial infections.

Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but be sure to take the full course without stopping so that the medication can work.

Treats bacterial infections.

Keflex (cephalexin) is good for treating many bacterial infections, and is available as a generic.

3.7/ 5 average rating with 686 reviewsforKeflex
Upsides
  • Good at treating many types of bacterial infections.
  • Available in several different forms: pill, oral suspension, and injection.
  • Available in generic.
  • Available in generic.
  • Available in different forms: tablet, capsule, and suspension.
  • Used to treat many types of bacterial infections.
  • Can be taken with or without food.
  • Generally few side effects compared with other antibiotics.
Downsides
  • Must take the liquid suspension with food.
  • Acid reducers can lower the effectiveness of Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil). Talk to your doctor if you are on acid reducers.
  • Can cause diarrhea.
  • You may need to take Keflex (cephalexin) 2 to 4 times a day, which can be hard to remember.
  • If you're allergic to penicillins or other antibiotics, you might not be able to take this medicine.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Oral suspension
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Price
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Reviews
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686 reviews so far
64%
saidit'sworth it
48%
saiditworked well
14%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Keflex (cephalexin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Allergic reaction
    • History of penicillin allergy
    • History of cephalosporin allergy
  • New infection
    • Taking Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil) for a long time
  • Diarrhea
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  • Diarrhea
  • New infections while taking Keflex (cephalexin)
    • Weakened immune system
    • Not taking Keflex (cephalexin) correctly
  • Allergic reaction
    • History of penicillin or cephalosporin allergies
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