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Penicillin V Potassium Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Penicillin V works against only certain types of bacteria--it is ineffective against fungi, viruses, and parasites. Penicillin V potassium is used to treat infections such as dental infections, rheumatic fever, and respiratory tract infections.

Penicillin V Potassium Dosage

  • For mild to moderately severe strep infections of the upper respiratory tract and skin, and scarlet fever, the usual starting dosage is 125 to 250 milligrams every 6 to 8 hours for 10 days.
  • For mild to moderately severe pneumococcal infections of the respiratory tract, including middle ear infections, the usual starting dosage is 250 milligrams to 500 milligrams every 6 hours.

Uses of Penicillin V Potassium

  • Penicillin V potassium is used to treat infections such as dental infections, infections in the heart, middle ear infections, rheumatic fever, skin infections, and respiratory tract infections.
  • It may also be used to treats other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Penicillin V Potassium

Before taken Penicillin V Potassium medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Penicillin V Potassium. Side effects may include:

  • Anemia
  • Black hairy tongue
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Hives
  • Nausea
  • Skin eruptions
  • Vomiting

Warnings and precautions before taking Penicillin V Potassium:

  • If new infections known as superinfections occur, then you should consult your doctor.
  • If you stop taking Penicillin V Potassium before your treatment time is complete, then your infection may recur.
  • If you have ever had allergic reactions such as rashes, or hay fever, then you should consult with your doctor before taking penicillin V.
  • Before taking penicillin V, you should tell your doctor if you have ever had asthma, colitis, diabetes, or kidney or liver disease.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Penicillin V Potassium with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Penicillin V Potassium with the following:

  • Chloramphenicol
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Tetracyclines such as Achromycin V and Sumycin
Overdose

After taken Penicillin V Potassiuml if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Penicillin V Potassium overdose include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting


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