Pathocil

Generic name: Dicloxacillin sodium.

Other brand names: Dycill, Dynapen.

Pathocil is a penicillin antibiotic. Antibiotics inhibit the growth of bacteria.

Quick Facts About Pathocil

Purpose

Used to treat certain bacterial infections caused by staph (staphylococci).

Pathocil Dosage

Take entire amount prescribed even when symptoms subside. Should take 1 to 2 hours before meals or 2 hours after meals unless directed otherwise by your doctor.

  • Usual adult dose: for mild to moderate infections — 125 milligrams every 6 hours. For severe infections — 250 milligrams every 6 hours.
  • Usual child dose: children 88 pounds or more are prescribed adult dose. Children weighing less than 88 pounds — mild to moderate infections — 12.5 milligrams per 2.2 pounds of body weight per day, divided into equal doses and taken every 6 hours; severe infections — 25 milligrams per 2.2 pounds of body weight per day, divided into equal doses and taken every 6 hours.
  • Missed dose: for 2 doses per day — take as soon as possible, take next dose 5 to 6 hours later, then go back to regular schedule. For 3 or more doses per day — take as soon as possible, take next dose 2 to 4 hours later, then go back to regular schedule. Do not double doses.

Pathocil Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

no specific information available. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

More common side effects: allergic reaction (delayed or immediate), black or hairy tongue, diarrhea, feeling of being sick, fever, gas, hives, itching, loose stools, low blood pressure, nausea, rashes, serum sickness symptoms (joint and muscle pain with fever and hives), stomach pain, vomiting, wheezing.

No known less common or rare Pathocil side effects.

Interactions

Do not take if allergic to penicillin.

Inform your doctor before combining Pathocil with:

chloramphenicol (Chloromycetin), erythromycin (PCE or E.E.S.), oral contraceptives, probenecid (Benemid), tetracycline medications such as Achromycin V.

No known food/other substance interactions. 

Special Cautions

If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Appears in breast milk; could affect a nursing infant.

No special precautions apply to seniors.

Follow doctor’s instructions carefully for children.

  • Doctor will perform a complete history before prescribing Pathocil; in rare cases fatal allergic reactions have occurred. Immediately contact your doctor if you develop allergy symptoms.
  • Contact your doctor immediately if you experience: shortness of breath, wheezing, skin rash, mouth irritation, black tongue, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, swollen joints, or unusual bruising or bleeding.
  • At risk for developing infection which is not treatable by this medication (superinfection) if taking Pathocil for extended periods of time.

Note:

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