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flucloxacillin - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
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> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

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Why do I need this medicine? Flucloxacillin is an antibiotic. It is used to treat certain bacterial infections of the ear, nose, throat, lungs, skin, bones, joints or bladder.

Flucloxacillin belongs to a group of antibiotics called the penicillins.
How do I take this medicine? Take Flucloxacillin exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Take Flucloxacillin at regular intervals as instructed. Do not skip any doses. Continue to take it even when you feel better. You must complete the entire course of antibiotic. If you don't, the infection will not clear completely.

Take Flucloxacillin on an empty stomach at least half an hour to 1 hour before meals. This will help to improve the absorption of Flucloxacillin.

If you have been given capsules, swallow them whole with plenty of water.

If you have been give an oral suspension, shake it well before use to ensure that the liquid is evenly mixed. Use the measuring spoon or cup provided to measure your dose.
What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine? Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
When should I not use this medicine? Alert your doctor if you have a history of allergic reactions (rashes, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes) to similar antibiotics such as ampicillin, cloxacillin, penicillin V, sultamicillin or any other penicillin antibiotics.

Alert your doctor if you are allergic to cephalosporin antibiotics such as cefaclor, cefalexin or cefuroxime. Cephalosporins are related to penicillins and if you are allergic to one, you may be allergic to the other too.
What should I take note of while taking this medicine? Inform your doctor if you have kidney or bowel disease, especially colitis (inflammation of the colon).

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
What side effects could I experience? You may have diarrhoea, nausea, stomach discomfort and stomach wind while being treated with Flucloxacillin. These side effects are usually mild and will get better with rest. If you have diarrhoea, drink lots of water to replace the fluids lost. However, if you have severe diarrhoea or diarrhoea with severe stomach cramps or bloody stools, alert your doctor.

If you develop rashes, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes, stop the medicine and inform your doctor quickly. These could be signs of an allergic reaction.
Can I take this with other medicines? Alert your doctor if you are taking allopurinol, probenecid, methotrexate or warfarin.

Do not take antacids together with Flucloxacillin. Antacids could reduce the effectiveness of Flucloxacillin. If you must take antacids, take them at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after Flucloxacillin.

Inform your doctor if you are taking birth-control pills that contain oestrogen. Flucloxacillin may decrease the effectiveness of these pills. You may wish to discuss additional birth-control methods with your doctor or pharmacist.

Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal medicines and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow? Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine? Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Refrigerate the oral suspension (between 2-8°C) once you have mixed the powder with water. Do not freeze it otherwise it will become less effective. Throw away any unused portion after 14 days.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on flucloxacillin and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2012 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com



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