Dicloxacillin Side Effects, Overdose and Pregnancy Information
Dicloxacillin is a 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. Dicloxacillin may also be used to treat STDs like gonorrhea and syphilis, infections of the genital and urinary tract. Dicloxacillin kills bacteria by destroying the cell walls of the invading microorganisms. However, antibiotics like Dicloxacillin are not effective against viruses and fungi. Dicloxacillin injection is used to treat more serious infections.
Dicloxacillin Side Effects
Dicloxacillin side effects include upset stomach, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, and colitis. Other Dicloxacillin side effects may include confusion, convulsions, dizziness, hives, liver problems and jaundice, fungal infections, rash, tooth discoloration in children, and appetite loss.
Dicloxacillin Side Effects Reporting
If you experience any Dicloxacillin 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.
Dicloxacillin overdose symptoms may include short breath, diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps, and vomiting.
If you suspect Dicloxacillin overdose, seek medical attention right away.
If you miss a dose of Dicloxacillin, take it as soon as you can. However, if it is just about time for your next dose, skip the one you forgot and go on with your regular schedule. Never take a double dose of Dicloxacillin.
If you are allergic to penicillin or cephalosporin antibiotics, check with your physician before taking Dicloxacillin.
People with Cystic fibrosis are more prone to side effects from penicillin antibiotic like Dicloxacillin.
Those who are using oral contraceptives should switch to other methods of contraceptives while taking Dicloxacillin.
If you have ever had asthma, hives, hay fever, or other allergic reaction to penicillin consult with your physician before taking Dicloxacillin.
Stop taking Dicloxacillin 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 Dicloxacillin for the entire course your physician has prescribed. Even if you feel better, you should to continue taking Dicloxacillin.
Tell your physician if you have ever had asthma, colitis, diabetes, or kidney or liver disease before taking Dicloxacillin.
DICLOXACILLIN AND PREGNANCY
Dicloxacillin is considered generally safe during pregnancy and breast-feeding. However, if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your physician before taking Dicloxacillin.
Nursing mothers should switch to bottle-feed while taking Dicloxacillin as it could cause diarrhea in infants.
Check with your doctor before combining Dicloxacillin with the following:
Blood thinning drugs
NSAIDs like Aleve or ibuprofen
Do not take Dicloxacillin with carbonated drinks or fruit juices.
Dicloxacillin may cause vitamin deficiency. It is recommended to take daily multivitamins while taking Dicloxacillin.
ADULTS AND CHILDREN >90 lbs.
125-250 mg every 6 hours.
CHILDREN <90 lbs.
6-12 mg per pound of body weight/day divided into 4 doses.Drug ListA