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Penicillin V

Name of the generic: penicillin V [pen-i-SILL-in [pen-i-SILL]
Brand names: PC Pen VK, Pen-V
The class of drug: natural penicillins

How is Penicillin V?

Penicillins can be described as an antibiotic group that fights bacteria. They were initially developed from Penicillium fungi. Penicillin V is one kind of penicillin antibiotic that is used to treat a diverse spectrum of bacterial infections, like ear infections, skin infections, throat infections, and rheumatic disease.

It is only recommended to use it if your bacterial problem is susceptible to penicillin V.Penicillin V can be used for additional uses that are not covered in this guideline.

Warnings

Do not take this medication if you're sensitive to penicillin V or any other penicillin antibiotics like amoxicillin (Amoxil), ampicillin (Omnipen Principen), carbenicillin (Geocillin), diloxacillin (Dycill, Dynapen), or oxacillin (Bactocill).

Before you take penicillin V, consult your doctor if you are intolerant to cephalosporins like Ceclor, Ceftin, Duricef, Keflex, and others, or if you suffer from kidney disease, asthma, blood clotting or bleeding conditions, a history of diarrhea due to taking antibiotics, or a history of allergies of any kind.

Penicillin V may cause birth control pills to become less effective and could cause pregnancy. Before you take this medication, consult your physician about whether you are using contraceptives for birth. You should take penicillin V for the full period as prescribed by your physician. Your symptoms may improve until the infection is fully taken care of. Penicillin V cannot treat an infection that is viral, such as the common flu or cold. Don't give this medicine to anyone else, even if they suffer from similar symptoms to yours.

The use of antibiotics can trigger diarrhea and could be an indication of an infection that has just started. If you are experiencing diarrhea that is swollen or contains blood, consult your physician. Don't take any medication to treat diarrhea until your physician has instructed you to.

Before you take this drug

Do not take this medication if you have an allergy to penicillin V or any other penicillin antibiotics, like:

  • Amoxicillin (Amoxil, Amoxicot, Biomox, Dispermox, and Trimox);
  • Ampicillin (Omnipen, Principen);
  • Carbenicillin (Geocillin);
  • Dicloxacillin (Dycill, Dynapen);
  • Oxacillin (Bactocill).

Before taking penicillin V, consult your doctor if you have an allergy to one of the drugs (especially cephalosporins like Ceclor, Ceftin, Duricef, Keflex, and others) or suffer from:

  • Asthma;
  • Kidney disease;
  • A bleeding or blood clotting disorder;
  • A history of diarrhea due to taking antibiotics
  • An allergy history of any kind of allergy

If you suffer from one or all of the above conditions, then you could require a dose adjustment or other tests to use penicillin V.

FDA classification for pregnancy B Penicillin V is not believed to harm the unborn baby. Inform your doctor if you are expecting or planning to become pregnant while you are receiving treatment. Penicillin V may cause birth control pills to become less effective, which could lead to the birth of a baby. Before you take this medication, inform your doctor that you take contraceptives. Penicillin V may enter the breast milk and cause harm to the nursing infant. Avoid using this medication without letting your doctor know when you breastfeed your baby.

Similar/related drugs

Amoxicillin, Doxycycline, Ciprofloxacin, Cephalexin, Metronidazole, Azithromycin, and Clindamycin

How to take Penicillin V?

Follow the exact dosage of penicillin V the way it was prescribed to you. Don't take the medicine in greater amounts or for longer than prescribed by your physician. Follow the instructions on the prescription label.Penicillin V can be taken either with or without food.To make sure that penicillin V is assisting your health, your blood might require a test regularly. Your liver function or kidneys could also be checked. Don't miss any scheduled appointments with your physician.

The oral suspension should be shaken thoroughly before you take a dosage. To ensure you receive the right dose, take the liquid measurement using an appropriately marked measuring spoon or a medicine cup, not a standard spoon for table use. If you don't have a device for measuring doses, ask your pharmacist for one.

Penicillin V is a must for the full time recommended by your physician. The symptoms could improve until the infection is completely managed. Penicillin V cannot treat an infection that is viral, such as the common flu or cold. Don't give this medication to someone else, even if they share similar symptoms to yours.Penicillin V may cause you to experience strange results when you take certain tests. Be sure to inform any doctor who treats patients that you are taking penicillin V.

Keep penicillin V tablets at room temperature away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep penicillin V liquid in a refrigerator, but don't allow it to become frozen. Get rid of any liquid that hasn't been utilized within 14 days following the date it was mixed in the pharmacy.

What happens If I miss a dose?

Do not miss the dose; take it as soon as you can remember. If it's getting close to taking your next dose, do not take the missed dose and instead begin taking your medication at the next scheduled appointment. Avoid taking any other medication in order to replace the dose you missed.

What happens if I overdose?

Get medical attention immediately.If you believe you've had the wrong amount of this substance

Overdose symptoms can include agitation, changes in behavior, a severe rash on the skin, a lower frequency of urination than usual, or seizures (blackouts or convulsions).

What should be avoided?

The use of antibiotics can trigger diarrhea, which could be an indication of a new infection. If you are experiencing diarrhea that is swollen or contains blood, contact your doctor. Do not take any medicine to treat vomiting unless the doctor advises you to.

Side effects of Penicillin

Seek medical attention immediately in the event that you exhibit any of the following signs that indicate an allergic reaction to penicillin V: hives, trouble breathing, or swelling of your lips, face, and tongue. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of these serious side effects.

  • Diarrhea that is either watery or bloody
  • Chills, fever, and body aches; symptoms;
  • Bleeding or bruising that is easy and uncommon weakness
  • The frequency of urination is lower than usual, or none at all.
  • Itching, severe rashes on the skin, or peeling;
  • Arousal, confusion, strange thoughts or behaviors;
  • Seizure (blackout or convulsions).

More minor penicillin v adverse consequences are much more probable, for example:

  • Nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain;
  • Vaginal discharge or itch;
  • Headache;
  • Tongue that is swollen, black, and hairy;
  • Thrush (white patches of white) that can be found inside your throat or mouth

This isn't a complete list of possible side effects, and others could happen. Consult your physician to seek medical advice on the effects. You can report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Interaction with other drugs

Before taking penicillin V, consult your physician if you are taking any of the following medications:

  • Methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall);
  • Probenecid (Benemid).

This list isn't complete, and there could be additional drugs that are incompatible with penicillin V. Inform your doctor of all prescription and non-prescription medicines you take. This includes minerals, vitamins, or herbal supplements, as well as prescriptions from other doctors. Don't begin using the new drug without consulting your physician.