Dicloxacillin is an antibiotic. It is used to treat certain bacterial infections of the ear, lungs, skin, bones, and joints.
Dicloxacillin may be used to treat other conditions as decided by your doctor.
Take Dicloxacillin exactly as directed by your doctor 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.
Dicloxacillin must be taken at regular intervals for it to be effective. Continue to take this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.
Do not skip any doses. You must complete the entire course of antibiotic. If you don't, the infection will not clear completely.
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.
Alert your doctor if you have a history of allergic reactions (rashes, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes) to penicillin antibiotics (e.g. amoxicillin, cloxacillin, penicillin V, sultamicillin) and cephalosporin antibiotics (e.g. cefaclor, cefalexin, cefuroxime).
Inform your doctor if you have asthma or related conditions.
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Dicloxacillin may cause any of the following side effects: diarrhoea, nausea, and stomach pain.
Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
- rashes, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes
- prolonged diarrhoea, stomach cramps, bloody stools
- fever with persistent sore throat or mouth ulcers, unusual bleeding or bruising
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
- other antibiotics e.g. tetracycline
- medicines for gout e.g. probenecid
- warfarin (a blood-thinning medicine)
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Dicloxacillin.
Inform your doctor if you are currently taking birth-control pills. Dicloxacillin may decrease the effectiveness of these pills. You should not stop or start any birth control pills without first informing your doctor. Ask your doctor about using non-hormonal birth control as an alternative while being treated with Dicloxacillin.
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.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.