Cloxacillin - oral


Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Cloxacillin is an antibiotic. It is used to treat infections that are caused by certain bacteria.
How do I take this medicine?
Take Cloxacillin exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

This medicine should be taken on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.

Cloxacillin is available as a capsule or as an oral suspension.

If you are taking the oral suspension, shake the bottle well before use to ensure that the liquid is evenly mixed. Use the measuring spoon or cup provided to measure out your prescribed dose.

The dose of this medicine will be decided by your doctor. Your doctor will advise you on the treatment timeframe depending on the type and severity of your infection.

Take Cloxacillin at regular intervals. Do not skip any doses. You must complete the entire course of this medicine. If you don't, the infection will not be properly controlled.
What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
When should I not use this medicine?
Do not take this medicine if you ever had an allergic reaction (e.g. rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to Cloxacillin or any similar antibiotics such as penicillin and cephalosporins.
What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • asthma
  • history of seizures
  • blood disorders
  • inflamed meninges (protective coverings of the brain and spinal cord)
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving this medicine to a child.

If you are going to undergo a certain procedure known as cardiopulmonary bypass, inform your doctor that you are taking this medicine.
What side effects could I experience?
Cloxacillin may cause any of the following side effects: diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, and stomach wind.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
  • rashes, breathlessness, swelling of the face, eyes or mouth
  • severe or prolonged diarrhoea
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I take this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
  • probenecid (medicine for gout)
  • methotrexate (medicine for cancer and other conditions e.g. psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis)
  • blood-thinning medicines e.g. warfarin
  • other antibiotics e.g. tetracycline
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Cloxacillin.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. Protect from light.

Store reconstituted oral suspension in the refrigerator, between 2-8°C. Do not allow to freeze. If frozen, this medicine will become ineffective and should not be used. Throw away any unused portion 14 days after opening.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on cloxacillin - oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2020 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com
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