- phenoxymethylpenicillin potassium
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Phenoxymethylpenicillin 125mg/5ml and 250mg/5ml Oral Solution
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
PHENOXYMETHYLPENICILLIN 125mg/5ml AND 250mg/5ml ORAL SOLUTION
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains information for you.
WHAT IS IN THIS LEAFLET
1. What Phenoxymethylpenicillin Oral Solution is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Phenoxymethylpenicillin Oral Solution
3. How to take Phenoxymethylpenicillin Oral Solution
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Phenoxymethylpenicillin Oral Solution
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT PHENOXYMETHYLPENICILLIN ORAL SOLUTION IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
The name of your medicine is Phenoxymethylpenicillin 125mg/5ml and 250mg/5ml Oral Solution. It is available in two strengths as a powder for reconstitution. The powder for reconstitution is prepared by the pharmacist before dispensing by adding water to the powder to give 100ml of oral solution. The strength you are given will be decided by your doctor.
Phenoxymethylpenicillin, the active ingredient, is an antibiotic, which belongs to a group of medicines called penicillins, which are used to kill bacteria that cause infections in your body.
Your medicine is used to:
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE PHENOXYMETHYLPENICILLIN ORAL SOLUTION
Do not take Phenoxymethylpenicillin Oral Solution if:
Take special care with your medicine if:
Taking other medicines
Your medicine may interfere with other medicines that you may be taking. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, or have recently taken any other medicines even those not prescribed.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist or nurse before taking:
Taking with food and drink
Take your medicine on an empty stomach either half an hour before a meal or at least three hours after a meal. Guar gum can cause reduced absorption of phenoxymethylpenicillin. Your doctor will advise you about this.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Phenoxymethylpenicillin Oral Solution contains Sucrose, Potassium, E124 & E110
Phenoxymethylpenicillin 125mg/5ml Oral Solution contains 2.80g of sucrose per 5ml dose.
Phenoxymethylpenicillin 250mg/5ml Oral Solution contains 2.89g of sucrose per 5ml dose.
Phenoxymethylpenicillin 125mg/5ml Oral Solution contains 14.2mg of potassium per 5ml dose.
Phenoxymethylpenicillin 250mg/5ml Oral Solution contains 28.4mg of potassium per 5ml dose.
E124 & E110
Ponceau 4R (E124) and sunset yellow (E110) may cause allergic type reactions.
3. HOW TO TAKE PHENOXYMETHYLPENICILLIN ORAL SOLUTION
How much of your medicine to take
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you, check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
The dose will depend on the patient and will be decided by your doctor. The usual doses for each age group are as follows:
Adults including the elderly and children over 12 years
250mg to 500mg every six hours (one to two 5ml spoonfuls of 250mg/5ml)
Prophylactic use: 250mg twice daily is recommended for long term prophylaxis of rheumatic fever (one 5ml spoonful of 250mg/5ml)
Infants (up to 1 year): 62.5mg every six hours
1 - 5 years: 125mg every six hours (one 5ml spoonful of 125mg/5ml)
6 - 12 years: 250mg every six hours (one 5ml spoonful of 250mg/5ml or two 5ml spoonfuls of 125mg/5ml)
When to take your medicine
Phenoxymethylpenicillin should be given in divided doses (4 times a day) or as directed by your doctor. Take your medicine on an empty stomach either half an hour before a meal or at least three hours after a meal.
How long to take your medicine for
Keep taking this medicine until your doctor tells you to stop. Do not stop taking it just because you feel better.
If you take more Phenoxymethylpenicillin Oral Solution than you should
If you accidentally take too much Phenoxymethylpenicillin Oral Solution, contact your doctor or pharmacist who will recommend what action you should take.
If you forget to take Phenoxymethylpenicillin Oral Solution
If you do forget to take a dose of Phenoxymethylpenicillin Oral Solution at the correct time, take it as soon as you remember, then carry on as before. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop taking your medicine
If you stop taking the medicine before your doctor tells you to stop, your condition may re-occur or get worse. If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist or nurse.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
STOP taking the medicine and tell your doctor IMMEDIATELY if you experience any of the following:
The following are the more common effects. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if they worry you.
The following are other possible side effects:
If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice any side effect not listed in this leaflet, you should contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE PHENOXYMETHYLPENICILLIN ORAL SOLUTION
KEEP OUT OF THE SIGHT AND REACH OF CHILDREN
Do not use your medicine after the expiry date stated on the label. The expiry date refers to the last day of the month.
Store in the original package. Keep the bottle tightly closed.
Dry powder: Store in a dry place below 25°C.
Protect from light.
Reconstituted solution: Store up to 7 days in a refrigerator.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
If your doctor tells you to stop your treatment, return any left over to the pharmacist. Only keep it if your doctor tells you to.
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Phenoxymethylpenicillin Oral Solution contains
Each 5ml spoonful of oral solution contains 125mg or 250mg of phenoxymethylpenicillin as phenoxymethylpenicillin potassium. It also contains sodium benzoate, saccharin sodium, trusil orange flavour, orange colour (containing sunset yellow (E110) and ponceau 4R (E124)) and sucrose.
What Phenoxymethylpenicillin Oral Solution looks like and contents of the pack
Dry powder: an off white pale pink granular powder.
Reconstituted solution: a clear orange solution with an orange odour and flavour.
Phenoxymethylpenicillin Oral Solution is available in size 100ml on reconstitution.
The product licence holder and manufacturer is:
PL 06453/0024 and PL 06453/0025
This leaflet was last revised April 2020
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