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Patients receiving penicillins should be given the following information and instructions by the physician:
1. Patients should be told that penicillin is an antibacterial agent which will work with the body's natural defenses to control certain types of infections. They should be told that the drug should not be taken if they have had an allergic reaction to any form of penicillin previously, and to inform the physician of any allergies or previous allergic reactions to any drugs they may have had (see WARNINGS).
2. Patients who have previously experienced an anaphylactic reaction to penicillin should be instructed to wear a medical identification tag or bracelet.
3. Because most antibacterial drugs taken by mouth are best absorbed on an empty stomach, patients should be directed, unless circumstances warrant otherwise, to take penicillin one hour before meals or two hours after eating (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY: Pharmacokinetics).
4. Patients should be told to take the entire course of therapy prescribed. even if fever and other symptoms have stopped (see PRECAUTIONS - General).
5. If any of the following reactions occur stop taking your prescription and notify the physiclan shortness of breath wheezing, skin rash, mouth irritation, black tongue, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, swollen joints or any unusual bleeding or bruising (see ADVERSE REACTIONS).
6. Do not take any additional medications without physician approval including nonprescription drugs such as antacids laxatives or vitamins.
7. Discard any liquid forms of penicillin after seven days if stored at room temperature or after 14 days it refrigerated.
Last reviewed on RxList: 12/8/2004
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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