Information for pharmacist:
- These medicines are best taken with a full glass of water on an empty stomach or as directed by the physician.
- Do not take acidic fruit juices like grape fruit juice or beverages within 1 hour of taking penicillin G, as it may reduce efficacy.
- For a chewable tablet form, the tablet should be chewed thoroughly and then swallowed.
- Advice patients on:
- * Usage of medicine for the full course.
- * Warn the patient against the use of anti diarrheal medication with these medicines without consultation of the physician.
- * Suggest alternate methods of birth control other than oral contraceptives, as they contain estrogen which may not be compatible with some of the medicines of this class.
Dosing for drugs:
- Adults, teenagers and children weighing more than 40 kg: 3 g injected into vein every 4 hours or 4 g injected every 6 hours
- Children upto 40 kg: 33.3-75 mg/kg body weight injected into vein every 4-6 hours. .
- Adults and teenagers: 50-83.3 mg/kg body weight injected into muscle or vein every 4 hours
- Older infants and children: 16.7-75 mg/kg body weight injected into muscle or vein every 6 hours .
- Adults and teenagers: 500 mg-1 gevery 6 hours
- Children: dose determined by doctor
Information for patient:
- The dose will be different for different individuals.
- Follow doctor's directions for dosage strictly.
- Change of dose must be done only after consultation with the doctor.
- The dosage regimen is different for different disease conditions.
- Take doses on time. If a dose is missed, take it as soon as possible, avoid double dosing.
- In case of diabetic patients, penicillins may give false results in urine sugar tests.
- Stop the medication and seek medical attention immediately if any of these problems arise:
- * Fast or irregular breathing.
- * Joint pains
- * Mental depression
- * Sudden fainting
- * Puffiness of face
- * Diarrhea and abdominal cramps
- * Convulsions
1) Advice for the patient: Drug information in lay language; USP DI; 1995,15th edition; pg: 1302-1306 [access date: 16thSeptember, 2010]
2) http://www.cks.nhs.uk/patient_information_leaflet/antibiotics_penicillins [access date: 16th September, 2010]
3) http://www.drugs.com/ppa/penicillin-g.html [access date: 16th September, 2010]
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