Phenoxymethyl penicillin

    • What type of medicine is this?

    • It is an antibiotic of the penicillin group available in tablets and liquid form. You cannot buy this medicine without a prescription from your healthcare provider.

    • What is the medicine used for?

    • Phenoxymethyl Penicillin is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infection and prevent infections in someone who has a poor immune system. Common side effects are nausea, vomiting, and stomach discomfort. Ensure you inform your healthcare provider if you are allergic or react badly to this medicine.

    • How to take this medicine?

      • This medicine comes in tablet or liquid form. It is taken by mouth every six hours (four times a day).
      • Before using the medicine, ensure that you read the accompanying leaflet. The liquid form usually comes with a plastic spoon for proper measurement. Use this measuring spoon rather than a normal table spoon so you are sure to get the correct dosage.
      • Take this medicine as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Phenoxymethyl penicillin works best on an empty stomach. You can take it before a meal or two hours after a meal.
      • For adults and children over the age of 12, the dosage is 500mg four times a day for treatment and twice a day for prevention. The treatment usually takes seven days however it can take longer depending on the infection.
      • If you miss a dose, take it immediately when you remember. If you remember close to the next prescribed dose (30 minutes to 2 hours before), take only the next dose.
      • Make sure you complete your dosage. If you do not complete your dose, your illness can come back and may become worse.
    • What are the side-effects?

    • You may experience the following side effects after using phenoxymethyl penicillin:

      • Nausea.
      • Vomiting.
      • Stomach discomfort.
      • Itchy skin and vagina
      • Loose and watery stools.
      • High body temperature.

      If you notice peeling or redness of your skin or blood in your stools, visit your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

    • What to know before taking this medicine?

      • Discuss with your healthcare provider if you are on certain medications like blood thinners or other antibiotics. These drugs could interact and affect the effectiveness of the medication.
      • Do not use this medicine alongside herbal remedies.
      • Store this medicine in a cool and dry place, away from heat and light.
      • Do not chew or take medication when broken. Always ensure the drug is well sealed before using.
      • If you have had any bad reaction to other forms of penicillin or any other antibiotics in the past, let your healthcare provider know before taking this medicine.
      • This medication is safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding.