Cloxacillin Side Effects, Overdose and Pregnancy Information
Cloxacillin is a fast acting broad-spectrum antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections, including sinusitis, strep throat, pneumonia, respiratory tract, ear infections, dental abscesses, and skin infections. Cloxacillin may also be used to treat STDs like gonorrhea and syphilis, infections of the genital and urinary tract. Cloxacillin kills bacteria by destroying the cell walls of the invading microorganisms. However, antibiotics like Cloxacillin are not effective against viruses and fungi. Cloxacillin injection is used to treat more serious infections.
Cloxacillin Side Effects
Cloxacillin side effects may include upset stomach, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, and colitis. Other Cloxacillin side effects include confusion, convulsions, dizziness, hives, liver problems, jaundice, fungal infections, rash, tooth discoloration in children, and appetite loss.
Cloxacillin Side Effects Reporting
If you experience any Cloxacillin side effects not mentioned above you should report it to your primary health care provider or FDA 1-800-FDA-1088 in the United States, Health Canada 1-866-225-0709 in Canada, MHRA 020 3080 6000 in UK, or TGA 1800 020 653 in Australia.
If you are allergic to penicillin or cephalosporin antibiotics, check with your physician before taking Cloxacillin.
People with Cystic fibrosis are more prone to side effects from penicillin antibiotic like Cloxacillin.
Those who are using oral contraceptives should switch to other methods of contraceptives while taking Cloxacillin.
Cloxacillin overdose symptoms may include short breath, diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps, and vomiting. If you suspect Cloxacillin overdose, seek medical attention right away.
CLOXACILLIN AND PREGNANCY
Cloxacillin is considered generally safe during pregnancy and breast-feeding. However, if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your physician before taking Cloxacillin. Nursing mothers should switch to bottle-feed while taking Cloxacillin as it could cause diarrhea in infants.
If you have ever had asthma, hives, hay fever, or other allergic reaction to penicillin consult with your physician before taking Cloxacillin.
Stop taking Cloxacillin if you experience reactions such as rash, fever, itching, joint pain, swollen lymph nodes, and or sores on the genitals.
It is imperative to take Cloxacillin for the entire course your physician has prescribed. Even if you feel better, you should to continue taking Cloxacillin.
Tell your physician if you have ever had asthma, colitis, diabetes, or kidney or liver disease before taking Cloxacillin.
Check with your doctor before combining Cloxacillin with the following:
Blood thinning drugs
NSAIDs like Aleve or ibuprofen
Do not take Cloxacillin with carbonated drinks or fruit juices.
Cloxacillin may cause vitamin deficiency. It is recommended to take daily multivitamins while taking Cloxacillin.
250-500 mg every 6 hours.
11-25 mg per pound of body weight/day divided into 4 doses.