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Why is this medication prescribed?

Dicloxacillin is used to treat infections brought on by specific bacterial strains. Dicloxacillin belongs to the penicillin drug class. It eliminates bacteria to operate.

Colds, the flu, and other viral diseases cannot be treated with antibiotics like dicloxacillin. Antibiotic overuse raises the likelihood that you’ll get an infection later on that is resistant to antibiotic therapy.

How should this medicine be used?

Dicloxacillin is available as a capsule to be swallowed. Typically, it is taken every six hours (four times a day). The length of your therapy depends on the type of illness you have. Dicloxacillin should be taken on an empty stomach at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal or snack. Dicloxacillin should be taken every day at roughly the same time. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Take dicloxacillin as prescribed by your doctor. Never take it in larger or less amounts or more frequently than directed by your doctor.

When sitting or standing up, take dicloxacillin with at least 4 ounces (120 mL) of water. After taking dicloxacillin, do not immediately lie down or turn in to sleep.

Even if you feel better, keep taking dicloxacillin until the prescription is finished. Without consulting your doctor, do not discontinue taking dicloxacillin. Your illness could not be entirely treated if you stop taking dicloxacillin too soon or if you miss doses, and the bacteria might develop an antibiotic resistance.

Other uses for this medicine

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking dicloxacillin,

  • You should inform your doctor and pharmacist if you have any allergies to dicloxacillin, other penicillin antibiotics, cephalosporin antibiotics like cefaclor, cefadroxil, cefzolin (Ancef, Kefzol), cefepime, Maxipime, cefixime, cefotaxime, cefotetan, cefoxitin (Mefoxin), cefpodoxime, cefprozil, ce Get an ingredient list from your pharmacist.
  • Inform your doctor and pharmacist about any prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and dietary supplements you are currently taking or intend to take. Make certain to bring up any of the following: Col-probenecid contains probenecid (Probalan); antibiotics containing tetracyclines like demeclocycline, doxycycline (Doxy, Oracea, Vibramycin, etc.), minocycline (Dynacin, Minocin, Solodyn, etc.), tigecycline (Tygacil), and tetracycline (Achromycin V, in Pylera); and warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven). Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects.
  • If you have allergies, asthma, or kidney illness, let your doctor know.
  • Inform your physician if you are nursing a baby, intend to get pregnant, or are already pregnant. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking dicloxacillin.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

If you miss a dosage, take it as soon as you recall. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Dicloxacillin could have negative effects. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Black tongue with hairs
  • Mouth annoyance
  • Enlarged joints

Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Breathing or swallowing challenges
  • Wheezing
  • Swelling of the lips, eyes, tongue, cheeks, or throat
  • Muscular or joint ache
  • Abdomen ache
  • Uncommon bruising or bleeding
  • Recurrence of fever, sore throat, chills, or any other infection-related symptoms
  • Severe diarrhoea (bloody or watery stools), which may or may not be accompanied by fever and cramping (may occur up to 2 months or more after your treatment)

Dicloxacillin may also have additional adverse effects. If you have any strange side effects while taking this medicine, call your doctor right away.

You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. The capsules should be kept at room temperature, away from sources of extreme heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).

Although many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning.

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medications website at for additional information.

In case of emergency/overdose

Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Moreover, information can be found online at Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your appointments with your physician and the lab. To determine how you are responding to dicloxacillin, your doctor may order specific lab tests.

No one else should take your medication. It’s likely that your prescription cannot be renewed. Call your doctor if you continue to experience infection symptoms after taking the dicloxacillin.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Dycill
  • Dynapen
  • Pathocil
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