What Is Biocef Used For?
What is Biocef used for? The two main uses of the drug are to treat bacterial infections and prevent infections of the heart valve. Middle ear infections, irritation of the prostate, and skin infections are a few of the common bacterial infections that Biocef is used for. While it can also be used to treat infants and children for the same infections seen in adults, there are no universally recognized off-label uses.
What Is Biocef Used For? -- An OverviewBiocef® (cephalexin) is a prescription antibiotic licensed to treat a number of common infections. Some of these Biocef uses include:
- Treatment of bacterial infections
- Prevention of heart valve infections (bacterial endocarditis).
Biocef is most commonly used to treat infections caused by bacteria. Some of these types of infections may include:
- Respiratory tract infection, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, strep throat, or tonsillitis
- Bone infection (osteomyelitis)
- Middle ear infection (otitis media)
- Sinus infection (sinusitis)
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Irritation of the prostate (prostatitis)
- Skin infection, such as cellulitis, folliculitis, or impetigo.
The drug may also be substituted in place of penicillin to treat common infections in people who are allergic to it. It should be noted, however, that there is a small chance that people who are allergic to penicillin will also be allergic to Biocef or to other cephalosporins.
Biocef is not effective against any infection caused by a virus, such as the flu, stomach flu, or common cold.
Endocarditis occurs when the inner lining of the heart (the endocardium) develops inflammation, usually from an infection. Bacterial endocarditis occurs when bacteria are responsible for causing the endocarditis. The condition can occur after a number of procedures, such as dental procedures. Biocef may help prevent this infection by curbing the growth of bacteria and reducing inflammation.