PEN VK (Penicillin V Potassium)

PEN VK (Penicillin V Potassium)

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What is this medication? 

PEN VK (Penicillin V Potassium)
Antibiotic, Penicillin

PEN VK (Penicillin V Potassium) is used on and off label for various infections depending on your common local bacterial strains for various infections and based on local resistance patterns.  Not all antibiotics work for all infections and efficacy can vary from area to area and vary with time.  It is common in North America for various upper respiratory infections and dental infections.

How does this medication work? 

PEN VK (Penicillin V Potassium) prevents bacteria from properly building cell wall eventually resulting in cell lysis (cell break down)

How should I take this medication? 

Average of 125-500mg every 6 to 12 hours but can vary greatly depending on intended use

How to Take: Follow instructions provided by physician/pharmacy label, take consistently at same times each day unless otherwise directed, store at room temperature.  Absorption is increased if taken on an empty stomach 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.

You Need to Avoid: There is no direct interaction with alcohol however alcohol can reduce immune function which can be problematic when fighting an infection, so alcohol is not normally recommended

What should I watch for while using this medication? 

Before starting PEN VK (Penicillin V Potassium) make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take, if you have kidney disease, a seizure disorder, or are pregnant or breastfeeding

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

How should I store this medication?

Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C).  Protect from light. Keep the container tightly closed. Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.

What are the possible side effects of using this medication? 

Melanoglossia (black hairy tongue), mild diarrhea, nausea, oral candidiasis, vomiting

Note this is not a complete list of side effects for PEN VK (Penicillin V Potassium), only common ones.