FLUCLOXACILLIN 250 MG/5 ML ORAL SOLUTION
Active substance(s): FLUCLOXACILLIN SODIUM
PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking your medicine
because it contains important information for you.
- Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
- If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to
others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as
- If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes
any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
This medicine is available using the above name but will be referred to as
Flucloxacillin throughout this leaflet.
What is in this leaflet
1. What your medicine is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take your medicine
3. How to take your medicine
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store your medicine
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT YOUR MEDICINE IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Flucloxacillin is an antibiotic used to treat infections by killing the bacteria
that can cause them. It belongs to a group of antibiotics called “penicillins”.
Flucloxacillin is used to treat:
- chest infections
- throat or nose infections
- ear infections
- skin and soft tissue infections
- heart infections
- bone and joint infections
- digestive system infections
- blood infections
- kidney, bladder or urethra (the tube which carries urine from the bladder)
Flucloxacillin can also be used to prevent infections during major surgery,
particularly heart or orthopaedic surgery.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE YOUR MEDICINE
Do not take this medicine if:
- You are allergic to flucloxacillin or any other penicillin antibiotics (see
symptoms in section 4).
- You are allergic to any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in
- You have suffered previously from liver problems (e.g. jaundice) after
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine if:
- You suffer from kidney problems, as you may require a lower dose than
- You suffer from liver problems, as this medicine could cause them to
- You are 50 years of age or older
- You have other serious illnesses (apart from the infection this medicine is
- You are taking this medicine for a long time as regular tests of liver and
kidney function is advised
- You have diabetes mellitus or if you have an intolerance to some sugars
- You are on a sodium restricted diet
Other medicines and Flucloxacillin
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine if you are
taking any other medicines, especially:
- Probenecid or sulfinpyrazone (used to treat gout)
- Methotrexate (used in rheumatoid conditions and cancer)
- Oral typhoid vaccine (antibiotics can make this less effective)
- Sugammadex (used with general anaesthetics)
- Piperacillin (an antibiotic taken by injection)
- Warfarin (medicine used to prevent blood clotting)
Some medicines may affect the way others work. Tell your doctor or
pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other
medicines. This means medicines you have bought yourself as well as
medicines on prescription from a doctor.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are
planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before
taking this medicine.
Your medicine contains sucrose and sodium
This medicine contains approximately 2.96g of sucrose (sugar) per 5ml
dose. This should be taken into account in patients with diabetes mellitus. If
you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some
sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.
This medicine contains 24.09mg sodium per 5ml dose. This should be taken
into consideration by patients on a controlled sodium diet.
3. HOW TO TAKE YOUR MEDICINE
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you.
Their directions may differ from the information contained in this leaflet. The
pharmacist’s label should tell you how much to take and how often. Check
with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Take your medicine on an empty stomach, at least thirty minutes to one
hour before meals/food. It is important that you take your medicine at the
The dose will depend on the patient and will be decided by your doctor.
However, the usual doses for each age group are as follows:
Adults (including the elderly)
- 250mg four times a day. This may be doubled in serious infections.
- Bone or heart infection: Up to 8g daily, in divided doses at six to eight
- Surgical prophylaxis: 1 to 2g IV at induction of anaesthesia followed by
500mg every six hours for up to 72 hours.
Use in children
Children over the age of 10: 250mg four times a day
Children (2-10 years of age): 125mg four times a day
Children under 2 years of age: 62.5mg four times a day
If you take more of your medicine than you should
If you (or somebody else) take too much of your medicine, speak to your
doctor or pharmacist immediately.
If you forget to take your medicine
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember, then carry on
as before. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop taking your medicine
Keep taking your medicine until your doctor tells you to stop. Do not stop
taking it just because you feel better. If you stop taking the medicine, your
infection may return or get worse. If you are still unwell after taking all the
medicine, go and see your doctor.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them. If they occur, they are likely to be temporary, and not
serious. However, some may be serious and need medical attention.
STOP taking Flucloxacillin 250mg/5ml Oral Solution BP and contact
your doctor immediately if you experience:
- allergy or hypersensitivity including itchy rash, itching, sore mouth or eyes,
swelling of the face, lips, throat or tongue or breathing problems
- severe skin rash with reddening, flushing, fever, blisters, peeling or ulcers
- severe, possibly bloody diarrhoea
- jaundice (yellow colour in the skin and whites of the eyes), hepatitis (liver
inflammation) – sometimes these effects on the liver have been delayed
for up to 2 months after finishing the treatment
- Serious skin reactions.
A red, scaly rash with bumps under the skin and blisters (exanthematous
Contact a doctor immediately if you get any of these symptoms.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following effects:
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
- diarrhoea, stomach upset and feeling sick - should be mild and wear off
after a few days
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):
- sore mouth, discolouration of the tongue
Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people):
- difficulty in passing water or blood in the urine (may be a sign of kidney
- unusual bleeding or bruising, anaemia – may be caused by changes in the
numbers of blood cells
- joint or muscle pains or fever (may develop 2 days after starting
- convulsions (may occur in patients on high doses or with severe kidney
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes
any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side
effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the
Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects, you can help
provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE YOUR MEDICINE
Keep this medicine in a safe place where children cannot see or reach
Dry powder: Do not store above 25ºC.
Store in the original container in order to protect from light and moisture.
Do not open the foil pouch until ready to reconstitute the product.
Once opened the foil pouch may be discarded.
Store the solution at 2°C to 8°C in a refrigerator, and use within 7 days.
Store in the original container.
Discard any unused solution after 7 days.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date shown on the label.
Return any left-over medicine to the pharmacist.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste.
Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These
measures will help to protect the environment.
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Flucloxacillin contains
Active ingredient: flucloxacillin as flucloxacillin sodium.
Other ingredients: sodium benzoate (E211), disodium edetate, saccharin
sodium, ammonium glycyrrhizinate, sodium citrate anhydrous, pineapple
flavour, menthol flavour, erythrosine (E127) and sucrose.
Please see further information on sucrose in section 2.
What Flucloxacillin looks like and contents of the pack
Unconstituted powder: a pink granular powder with a characteristic odour of
Reconstituted solution: a pink coloured solution with a characteristic odour
Flucloxacillin is available in size 100ml on reconstitution.
5ml measuring spoon included in package.
Manufacturer and Product Licence Holder
Manufactured by Athlone Laboratories Limited, Ballymurray, Co.
Roscommon, Ireland. Procured from within the EU by the Product Licence
holder Star Pharmaceuticals Ltd., 5 Sandridge Close, Harrow, Middlesex HA1
1XD. Repackaged by Servipharm Ltd.
Leaflet revision and issue date (Ref.) 26.10.17
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