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Some doctors prescribe cephalexin for ear infection treatment. Specifically, it may help treat bacterial infections of the middle ears (otitis media).


Dosage is generally the same for adults, up to 1-4 grams per day taken in divided doses. Typically, the prescription is written as 250 mg every six hours, or 500 mg every 12 hours.

Side Effects

In addition to regular side effects of cephalexin, a person taking this drug for an ear infection may also notice other signs and symptoms of an ear infection, including pain, impaired hearing, and increased dizziness.

To learn more, please visit our page on cephalexin side effects.

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