Dicloxacillin

Generic Name: Dicloxacillin

  • What is Dicloxacillin?

    Dicloxacillin is an antibiotic used to prevent and treat certain bacterial infections as determined by your doctor.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Dicloxacillin?

    Do not take dicloxacillin if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or similar antibiotics (such as penicillin, cefazolin, or cefepime). If you are allergic to similar antibiotics, it is possible for you to have an allergic reaction to this medication. Tell your doctor or seek medical attention immediately if you take dicloxacillin and feel signs of an allergic reaction (such as a rash, swelling, or difficulty breathing).

    Take dicloxacillin as prescribed by your doctor for the full course of treatment, even if symptoms improve earlier. Do not skip doses. Skipping doses or not completing the full course of dicloxacillin can decrease its effectiveness and can lead to the growth of bacteria that are resistant to the effects of dicloxacillin.

  • Who should not take Dicloxacillin?

    Do not take dicloxacillin if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or any similar antibiotics.

    Do not take dicloxacillin to treat viral infections, such as the common cold.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Dicloxacillin?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with dicloxacillin. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have allergies, asthma, kidney disease, are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The usual recommended dose is 125-250 milligrams (mg) every 6 hours. Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for you based on the severity of your infection.

    Children: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for your child, based on their weight.

    If you have kidney impairment, your doctor will adjust your dose appropriately.

  • How should I take Dicloxacillin?

    Take dicloxacillin exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Take dicloxacillin on an empty stomach, preferably one hour before or two hours after eating.

  • What should I avoid while taking Dicloxacillin?

    Do not stop taking dicloxacillin, even if you are feeling better.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Dicloxacillin?

    If dicloxacillin is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining dicloxacillin with tetracycline antibiotics (such as doxycycline).

  • What are the possible side effects of Dicloxacillin?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: allergic reactions, black tongue, diarrhea, fever, nausea, rash, shortness of breath, vomiting, wheezing

  • Can I receive Dicloxacillin if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of dicloxacillin during pregnancy are unknown. Dicloxacillin can be found in your breast milk if you take it during breastfeeding. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Dicloxacillin?

    If you miss a dose of dicloxacillin, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Dicloxacillin?

    Store at room temperature. Protect from light.