Brand names: Beepen VK, Betapen-VK, Biotic-V Powder, Bopen V-K, Ledercillin VK, Penpar VK, Pen-V, Pen*Vee K, Pfizerpen VK, Robicillin-VK, Uticiiiin VK, V-cillin K, Veetids
Penicillin V Potassium is an antibiotic. It is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections.
Quick Facts About Penicillin V
Used to treat a variety of infections including: dental infection, infections in the heart, middle ear infections, rheumatic fever, scarlet fever, skin infections, upper and lower respiratory tract infections. Is ineffective against fungi, viruses, and parasites.
Penicillin V Dosage
Take on a full or empty stomach; complete entire course of treatment prescribed. Use spoon from pharmacy for oral solution, shake well before using.
- Usual adult dose: for mild to moderately severe strep infections of the upper respiratory tract and skin, and scarlet fever — 125 to 250 milligrams every 6 to 8 hours for 10 days. For mild to moderately severe pneumococcal infections of the respiratory tract, including middle ear infections — 250 milligrams every 6 hours until fever subsides for at least 2 days. For mild staph infections of the skin — 250 milligrams every 6 to 8 hours. For mild to moderately severe gum infections known as Vincent’s gingivitis — 250 milligrams every 6 to 8 hours. To prevent rheumatic fever and lor chorea — 125 milligrams taken 2 times per day on a continuing basis. To prevent bacterial endocarditis (inflammation of heart membrane) in people with heart disease who are undergoing dental or surgical procedures — orally — 2 grams 1/2 hour to 1 hour before surgery, then 500 milligrams every 6 hours for 8 doses.
- Usual child dose: for children 12 and over — same as adult dose. For children under 12 — not generally prescribed.
- 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.
Penicillin V Side Effects
diarrhea, nausea, vomiting. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.
Side effects: anemia, black or hairy tongue, diarrhea, fever, hives, nausea, skin eruptions, stomach upset or pain, swelling in throat, vomiting.
No known less common or rare Penicillin V side effects.
Inform your doctor before combining Penicillin V with:
No known food/other substance interactions.
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.
Not generally prescribed for children under 12 years. Follow doctor’s instructions carefully for children 12 years and older.
- Should not use if allergic to penicillin or cephalosporin antibiotics in any form; may experience severe reaction.
- If you experience any allergic reaction, stop taking medication and immediately contact your doctor.
- If you have rashes, hives, hay fever, asthma, colitis, diabetes, or liver or kidney disease, inform your doctor before taking Penicillin V.
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