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PHENOXYMETHYLPENICILLIN SUGAR FREE 250MG / 5ML POWDER FOR ORAL SOLUTION

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PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

For oral use only.

Phenoxymethylpenicillin Sugar Free
125mg/5ml Powder for Oral Solution
Phenoxymethylpenicillin Sugar Free
250mg/5ml Powder for Oral Solution

This medicine should be taken at least 30 minutes
before food and preferably not less than two hours after
food.
Adults and children (over 12):
The usual dosage is 250 mg to 500 mg every six
hours.This may vary depending on the condition being
treated.
If you have poor kidney function the dose may be
lowered.
Children (under 12):
For children aged between 1 and 5 years of age, the
usual dose is 125 mg every six hours.
For children aged between 6 and 12 years of age, the
usual dose is 250 mg every six hours.

(Phenoxymethylpenicillin)
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start
taking this medicine.
! 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. Do not
pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their
symptoms are the same as yours.
! If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice
any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell
your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1. What Phenoxymethylpenicillin is and what it is used
for
2. Before you take Phenoxymethylpenicillin Sugar
Free Oral Solution
3. How to take Phenoxymethylpenicillin Sugar Free
Oral Solution
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Phenoxymethylpenicillin Sugar Free
Oral Solution
6. Further information
1. WHAT PHENOXYMETHYLPENICILLIN IS AND
WHAT IT IS USED FOR
The name of your medicine is Phenoxymethylpenicillin
which is more commonly called Penicillin V or Penicillin
VK.
Phenoxymethylpenicillin is an antibiotic (antibacterial
medicine) for treating infections. It belongs to a group of
antibiotics called 'penicillins', which work by killing the
bacteria that cause infections. Phenoxymethylpenicillin
can also be used to prevent infections.
Phenoxymethylpenicillin Sugar Free Oral Solution is
used to treat a range of bacterial infections of the ear,
throat, lungs, skin and soft tissues. It may also be used to
prevent infections such as rheumatic fever and
prevention of infection in patients without a spleen or
patients with sickle cell disease.
2. BEFORE YOU TAKE
PHENOXYMETHYLPENICILLIN SUGAR FREE
ORAL SOLUTION
DO NOT take Phenoxymethylpenicillin
! If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to
phenoxymethylpenicillin or to any of the ingredients
in this medicine
! if you know that you are allergic to penicillin
Take special care with Phenoxymethylpenicillin if:
! You are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or
breast-feeding
! You have ever had a bad reaction to or are allergic to
phenoxymethylpenicillin, any other penicillin or
cephalosporin or to any other drug
! You suffer from any long-term infection
! You are suffering from any stomach or intestinal
problems, such as persistent diarrhoea or vomiting
! You have problems with your kidneys or liver
! You suffer any blood disorders
! You suffer from bronchial asthma or a tendency to
develop allergic conditions
You should note that if you test your urine for glucose
using a non-enzymatic test phenoxymethylpenicillin
may give a false positive result. Please ask your
pharmacist for advice on this.

Long-term treatment should be monitored as
overgrowth of resistant organisms including
Pseudomonas or Candida may occur.
Taking other medicines
Phenoxymethylpenicillin may occasionally interfere with
other medicines so it is important that you take care
about all the medicines you are taking including those
that you have bought without a prescription. In particular,
if you are taking any of the following:
! any other antibiotics, for example, erythromycin,
neomycin or tetracycline
! probenecid (used to treat gout)
! medicines used to treat cancer, psoriasis,
rheumatoid arthritis e.g. methotrexate
! medicine used to treat high blood pressure, water
retention or heart conditions e.g. beta blockers,
amiloride or spirolactone
! medicine used to prevent clotting of the blood e.g.
warfarin
! medicine used to treat diabetes e.g. guar gum
If you are taking oral contraceptives (the Pill) and have
diarrhoea or breakthrough bleeding ('spotting' between
periods) this could cause contraceptive failure.
Taking Phenoxymethylpenicillin with food and drink
This medicine should be taken at least 30 minutes
before food and preferably not less than two hours after
food.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
The effects of Phenoxymethylpenicillin in pregnancy
have not been adequately studied. If you are pregnant or
planning on becoming pregnant, you should inform your
doctor immediately. Phenoxymethylpenicillin should
only be used in pregnancy if your doctor decides that the
potential benfit to you outweighs the potential risk to the
baby.
Since phenoxymethylpenicillin appears in breast milk,
you should ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice if
you plan to breastfeed.
Driving and using machines
This medicine should not affect your ability to drive or to
use machinery.
Important information about some of the
ingredients of Phenoxymethylpenicillin
This medicine contains 1/3 mmol potassium per 125mg.
This should be taken into consideration by patients with
reduced kidney function or patients on a controlled
potassium diet.
This medicine contains sorbitol (E420). If you have been
told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some
sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal
product.
3. HOW TO TAKE
PHENOXYMETHYLPENICILLIN
SUGAR FREE ORAL SOLUTION
Always take Phenoxymethylpenicillin exactly
as your doctor has told you. You should check
with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not
sure.

For preventing the recurrence of rheumatic fever or
chorea:
The usual dosage is 250 mg twice daily on a continuing
basis.
For the prevention of infection in patients without a
spleen or patients with sickle cell disease:
For adults and children over 12 years, the dosage is
500mg every 12 hours.
For children aged between 6 and 12 years, the dosage is
250mg every 12 hours and for
children below 5 years , the dosage is 125mg every 12
hours.
For children over 12 years the dose should not exceed
the maximum adult doses.
For elderly, the dosage is as for adult. The dosage
should be lowered in poor renal function.
Patients with kidney and liver problems
! If you have kidney problems the dose might be
changed by your doctor.
! Dosage might be changed by your doctor if you have
liver problems along with kidney problem.
If you take more Phenoxymethylpenicillin than you
should
If you (or someone else) swallow a lot of the medicine all
at once, or if you think a child has accidentally swallowed
any of the medicine, contact your nearest hospital
casualty department or your doctor immediately. Always
take any remaining medicine with you.
Symptoms of overdose may include diarrhoea, nausea,
vomiting and stomach pain.

Other unwanted effects which may occur are:
! Diarrhoea - should the diarrhoea be
persistent or severe stop taking your
medicine and tell your doctor
IMMEDIATELY
! Nausea (feeling sick), vomiting (being
sick) or stomach upset
! Redness of the skin, often itchy, similar to
the rash of measles
! Thrush or inflammation of the vaginal area
! Changes in white blood cell count, reduction in red
blood cell count, reduction in blood platelets
increasing the risk of bleeding or bruising
! Fever
! Painful joints
! Inflammation of the tongue or mouth.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any
side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your
doctor or pharmacist.
5. HOW TO STORE
PHENOXYMETHYLPENICILLIN SUGAR FREE
ORAL SOLUTION
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
This medicine after reconstitution should be stored in a
refrigerator between 2°C to 8°C in the container
supplied and should be used within 7 days of being
dispensed by your pharmacist. Do not transfer it to
another container. Shake well before use. Keep it in a
secure place where children cannot get at it. Do not use
this medicine after the expiry date shown on the outside
packaging.
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. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Phenoxymethylpenicillin contains
Phenoxymethylpenicillin Sugar Free Oral Solution
contains either 125 mg or 250 mg of
phenoxymethylpenicillin in every
5 ml.
!

The active substance is Phenoxymethylpenicillin (as
phenoxymethylpenicillin potassium).
The other ingredients are Sorbitol (E420),
Powdarome Strawberry Premium (Nature identical
flavouring and natural flavouring, maize
maltodextrin, INS1520 propylene glycol) and
Sodium Saccharin.

If you forget to take Phenoxymethylpenicillin
If you forget to take a dose take one as soon as you
remember unless it is nearly time to take the next dose.
Never take two doses together. Take the remaining
doses at the correct time.

!

If you stop taking Phenoxymethylpenicillin
You should continue to take this medicine for as long as
your doctor tells you to. Take the full course. Even if you
start to feel better the original infection may still be
present and may recur if treatment is stopped.

What Phenoxymethylpenicillin looks like and
contents of the pack
Phenoxymethylpenicillin is a white to off-white fine
powder for oral solution, which, when reconstituted as
directed, yields a colourless to pale yellow solution.

If you have any further questions regarding the use of
this medicine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

The product is available in a 150 ml HDPE bottle with a
screw cap which has a red-coloured ring. Each bottle
contains 100ml of reconstituted solution with a dosing
syringe of 5ml.

4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Phenoxymethylpenicillin can cause
side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If you experience any of the following side effects, stop
taking this medicine and tell your doctor
IMMEDIATELY:
! An allergic reaction symptoms such as shortness of
breath, skin rash or itching, hives, swelling of your
lips, face or tongue, chills or fever or painful joints.
! Unusual bleeding or bruising
! Seizures

Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Brown & Burk UK Ltd
5 Marryat Close, Hounslow West
Middlesex, TW4 5DQ
UK.
This leaflet was last revised on 10/2013

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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