COMPOCILLIN - a patient's guide
DRUG NAME: Phenoxymethylpenicillin (Penicillin V)
USE: antibiotic - penicillin
This medicine is commonly used against chest and throat infections in children and adults. It acts by destroying the bacterial cell wall thus stopping its growth allowing your immune system to overcome the infection.
Since the introduction of penicillin antibiotics, some bacteria (e.g staphylococci) have evolved to produce penicillins. Penicillinase-producing bacteria have made a few antibiotics (including Compocillin-VK) less effective against certain infections. Therefore this medicine it is not indicated for these type of infections because of the risk of bacterial-resistance.
History of allergy to penicillins
Serious infections (unpredictable absorption)
Occasional: stomach upsets\t\t\t
Rarely: skin rash (discontinue treatment/discuss with doctor), bowel inflammation and blood disorders.\t\t
Excretion can be delayed by probenecid
Guar gum can reduce its absorption
- Follow instructions carefully on the label
- Always complete the course of antibiotics unless directed by your doctor
- Food: Taken on an empty stomach (one hour before meals)
- Alcohol: Little problems in moderation
- Contact your doctor or seek urgent medical help if side effects are severe or ongoing, or your illness is worsening despite treatment.