Rilexine is a chewable tablet for the treatment of pyoderma skin disease in dogs. It also treats bacterial infections of the skin and urinary tract infections. It is FDA-approved and easier to administer than a capsule. Rilexine for dogs has 3 sizes of tablets, making it easier to give your pet the exact dose and prevent side effects associated with inaccurate dosing. Rilexine requires a prescription from your veterinarian.
Effectively treats pyoderma in dogs
Treats urinary tracts infections and bacterial infections of the skin
Comes in a tasty liver-flavored chewable tablet
Scored tablets for easy dosing
3 different sizes of tablets for accurate dosing
Available in 150mg, 300mg and 600mg
How it works:
Rilexine treats superficial bacterial pyoderma, a bacterial infection on the skin commonly found in dogs more so than cats. Symptoms include lesions, itchiness, and pus-filled swelling on the skin. In some cases, pyoderma can cause hair loss. Rilexine works by inhibiting the nucleopeptide synthesis of the bacterial wall, thus leading to the destruction of bacteria. Rilexine treats urinary tract infections and bacterial infections of the skin like skin fold pyoderma impetigo, folliculitis, furunculosis and cellulitis.
Keep out of reach of children. For Dogs Only. Do not use for humans. People with sensitivities to antimicrobials like penicillin should avoid handling.
Brand Name Rilexine (Cephalexin) Chewable Tablets
Generic Name Cephalexin
What is Rilexine? Rilexine is recommended for the treatment of secondary superficial bacterial pyoderma in dogs caused by susceptible strains of Staphylococcus pseudintermedius. It also treats cutaneous infections in dogs, including skin fold pyoderma impetigo, folliculitis, furunculosis, and cellulitis. It also treats urinary tract infections. Rilexine is a chewable tablet and is scored for easier dosing.
What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Rilexine? Tell your veterinarian if your pet has ever had an allergic reaction to penicillin or to a cephalosporin. Tell your veterinarian if your pet has kidney disease, or a stomach or intestinal disease. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating.
How should this medication be given Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Rilexine can be given with or without food. The recommended dose of Rilexine (cephalexin) tablets is 22 mg/kg (10 mg/lb) of body weight twice daily for 28 days.
What happens if I miss giving a dose? Give the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the dose you missed and give the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not give a double dose unless otherwise directed by your veterinarian.
What happens if I overdose the pet? Seek emergency veterinary medical treatment.
What should I avoid while giving Rilexine to my pet? Keep out of reach of children. Do not use in animals known to be hypersensitive to penicillin. Do not use in rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and gerbils. As with other antibiotics which are excreted mainly by the kidneys, unnecessary accumulation may occur in the body when renal function is impaired. In case of known renal insufficiency, the dose should be reduced.
What are the possible side effects of Rilexine? Diarrhea and rarely antibiotic-associated colitis, nausea and vomiting, abdominal discomfort, headache allergic reactions including rashes, pruritus, urticaria, serum sickness-like reactions with rashes, fever and arthralgia, and anaphylaxis; erythema multiforme, toxic epidermal necrolysis reported disturbances in liver enzymes, transient hepatitis and cholestatic jaundice other side-effects reported include eosinophilia and blood disorders (including thrombocytopenia, leucopenia, agranulocytosis, aplastic anaemia and haemolytic anaemia) reversible interstitial nephritis, hyperactivity, nervousness, sleep disturbances, confusion, hypertonia, and dizziness. However, at the levels associated with casual exposure, these are unlikely in normal use.
What special precautions are there with Rilexine?
Keep out of reach of children. Do not handle or use extreme caution and proper precautions when handling this product if you know you are sensitized to it or are allergic to cephalexin, other cephalosporins, penicillin, or any other beta-lactam antibiotic or similar related medication. If you are unsure of a possible sensitivity please contact your doctor or pharmacist. Handle this product in a manner that enables you to avoid any exposure, taking all recommended precautions. Wash hand after use. If you develop symptoms following exposure such as skin rash you should seek medical advice and show the doctor this warning. Swelling of the face, lips or eyes or difficulty breathing are more serious symptoms and require urgent medical attention.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist has additional information about Rilexine written for health professionals that you may read.
Directions for Rilexine:
Rilexine is used for the treatment of secondary superficial bacteria pyoderma in dogs caused by susceptible strains of Staphylococcus pseudintermedius.
It treats cutaneous infections in dogs, including skin fold pyoderma impetigo, folliculitis, furunculosis, cellulitis and urinary tract infections.
Always consult with your veterinarian about the appropriate dosage for your dog.
Tablets are chewable and scored for easy dosing.
Tip: Do not give to dogs with a known allergy to cephalexin or penicillin.
The recommended dose is 22 mg/kg (10 mg/lb) of body weight twice daily for 28 days. *please ask your veterinarian for appropriate dosing
Storage: Store capsules at room temperature away from moisture or heat.
My dog is a mutt (dog with no pedigree) He has a severe skin infection and he is taking Rilexine for about 3 weeks his weight is 70lbs so he takes 900mg, unfortunately his healing is slow and I worried about the time he will take the medicine. What is the recommended time to stop the treatment? Thanks for your Help.
In recommended doses there is low risk of harm for the length of time recommended. This medication my affect your pets liver and kidney function with continued use and your vet may want to monitor for any affects on those organs.
My dog also has this issue since starting on these meds, she is usually very clean in the house but now she is has urinated in the house the evening after she started the tablets, plus the next two mornings and we are having to take her outside more often in the evening
Keflex and Rilexine are both brand names for cephalexin. There are two differences: Rilexine is FDA approved for veterinary use and Keflex is not; Rilexine is a chewable tablet and Keflex comes as a capsule or suspension.
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