Mezlocillin belongs to the class of drugs called penicillins. It kills bacteria by destroying its cell wall. You can only get this drug if it is recommended by your healthcare provider.
Mezlocillin is a medicine that is used to treat bacterial infections. It does not work against conditions caused by viruses such as the common cold. The liver removes mezlocillin from the blood. Therefore, it is very effective in treating liver and bile tract infections.
You should avoid mezlocillin if you have had a bad reaction to any penicillin-like medication.
- Mezlocillin is available as an injectable powder. A healthcare worker mixes the powder with water shortly before injecting it directly into your blood or muscle.
- There are different strengths available, and the dose depends on your weight, age and type of infection.
- You should not use more than 2g a day, and the total daily amount should be divided into 4-6 doses in a day.
- Do not stop this medicine even if you feel well. The infection may return if you do not complete your dose.
- Healthcare providers give Mezlocillin, so you are unlikely to miss a dose or overdose. However, if you think you did, inform your healthcare provider.
Most people tolerate mezlocillin well, but in some people, it can cause:
- Nausea, vomiting or altered taste.
- Pain at the injection site.
- Itchy or yellow eyes.
- Dizziness or tiredness.
- Itching, swelling or rash on the skin.
Report the following to your healthcare provider as soon as possible:
- Difficulty breathing, dizziness or fainting.
- Face and neck swellings.
- Painful skin eruptions that cause blisters or peel.
The following are essential things to know and discuss with your healthcare provider if you are about to start using mezlocillin:
- If you have kidney disease, inform your healthcare provider. The condition will affect your dosage.
- Avoid this drug if you have had a bad reaction to penicillin before.
- Mezlocillin affects the action of some drugs used in anaesthesia, so you need to inform your providers before any surgery.
- Inform your healthcare provider if you are using any other drugs or stimulants.
- Inform your healthcare provider if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant.
- Tell your healthcare provider if you have liver disease because this drug is removed from the body by the liver.
Remember to keep your mezlocillin medication and other medicines away from children and avoid sharing them with other people.