penicillin V potassium (Beepen-VK, Penicillin VK, V-Cillin-K, Veetids) (cont.)

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Penicillin V potassium offers some distinct advantages over penicillin G. Penicillin V potassium is much more resistant to inactivation by stomach acidity, and therefore results in better drug absorption and higher levels in the blood. On average, blood levels of penicillin V potassium is two to five times higher than that observed with same dose of oral penicillin G.

Penicillin V potassium was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1956.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Penicillin V potassium is used to treat bacterial infections involving the respiratory tract, middle ear, sinusitis, skin, and soft tissues. It is also used to prevent rheumatic fever.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects to oral penicillin are:

Rare (occurring at frequency of <1%) but serious side effects include:

  • acute kidney damage,
  • seizures,
  • severe skin rashes, and
  • hemolytic anemia.

Hypersensitivity reactions have been reported with penicillin use.



PREPARATIONS: Powder for oral solution: 125 mg/5 ml (100 ml, 200 ml); 250 mg/5 ml (100 ml, 200 ml); Tablets: 250 mg, 500 mg

STORAGE: Reconstituted product may be stored for up to 14 days and requires refrigeration 2.2 C to 7.7 C (36 F to 46 F). Un-reconstituted product and oral tablets may be stored at room temperature between 20 C to 25 C (68 F to 77 F).

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/3/2014

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