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Is Taking Ibuprofen While on Cephalexin Safe?



My son just got a perscription for Cephalexin and I was wondering if he can also take Ibuprofen while on the antibiotic. Thanks


There are no documented drug interactions between cephalexin and ibuprofen, nor would we expect one to occur. It is always a good idea to talk to your doctor about over-the-counter medications that you might take with your prescription medicines. Mild gastrointestinal upset may occur as a side effect of both medications. To minimize this risk, you can give them with food.

This response prepared by: Jennifer Hendricks, PharmD student, University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy

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Robert James Goetz, PharmD, DABAT
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati