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Cloxacillin

Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required
Last Updated: December 18, 2019

Cloxacillin is a penicillin antibiotic used to treat various bacterial infections like cellulitis, impetigo, septic arthritis, otitis externa and pneumonia. It works by restricting bacterial cell wall synthesis, which in turn inhibits the bacterial growth in our body.

This drug should be used only for the treatment of bacterial infections and not for the treatment of other types of infections like viral or fungal infections. You should consult your doctor before taking it:

  • if you are breastfeeding
  • if you have any medical conditions
  • if you are taking any supplements or medications or any herbal treatment
  • if you are allergic to the medicine or any ingredient in it
  • if you have hypersensitivity to cephalosporins, cloxacillin or any other penicillin

It has been found that this medicine is safe for use in case of pregnancy but it is advisable that you should consult your doctor first.

It is available in various forms such as capsules, a liquid solution or can also be administered as an intravenous or intramuscular injection in some severe cases. The dosage should be based upon your infection and type of treatment you undergo as prescribed by your doctor. If you are taking it as capsules then it is recommended that you have it on an empty stomach, at least an hour or two before a meal. It should be taken on a regular basis after even intervals of time.

Information given here is based on the salt content of the medicine. Uses and effects of the medicine may vary from person to person. It is advisable to consult a Internal Medicine Specialist before using this medicine.

The medication can treat the below provided problems:

  • Bacterial Infections

  • Oral Infections

  • Respiratory Tract Infection

  • Skin And Structure Infection

  • Bone And Joint Infections

  • Infections Of Urinary Tract

  • Hypersensitivity

A patient can suffer from the following side effects:

  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    This medication is probably safe to use during pregnancy.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.
  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    There is no data available. Please consult a doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Does this affect kidney function?

    There is no data available. Please consult a doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Does this affect liver function?

    There is no data available. Please consult a doctor before consuming the drug.
  • What is the onset of action?

    The effect of the medicine is initiated within 30 minutes after its ingestion.
  • How long is the duration of effect?

    The drug will remain active for about 6 - 8 hrs.
  • Are there any overdose instructions?

    Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
  • Are there any missed dose instructions?

    If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

Below is the list of medicines, which contains Cloxacillin as ingredient

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This medication is used to treat bacterial infections, which include pneumonia, septic arthritis, and cellulitis. When used against the beta-lactamase of staphylococci, the large R chain does not let the beta-lactamases to bind.

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Lab Test

    May interfere with urinary glucose tests using cupric sulfate (Benedict's solution, Clinitest); may inactivate aminoglycosides in-vitro; false-positive urine and serum proteins; false-positive in uric acid, urinary steroids
  • Interaction with Medicine

    Increased effect

    Disulfiram, probenecid may increase penicillin levels, increased effect of anticoagulants

    Decreased effect

    Efficacy of oral contraceptives may be reduced

Ques: What is Cloxacillin?

Ans: This medication is a penicillin antibiotic used to treat various bacterial infections like cellulitis, impetigo, septoc arthritis, otitis externa and pneumonia.

Ques: How long do I need to use Cloxacillin before I see improvement in my condition?

Ans: This medication is to be taken till the time you see an improvement in your health conditions.

Ques: At what frequency do I need to use Cloxacillin?

Ans: It should be taken on a regular basis after even intervals of time and in the dosage as prescribed by the doctor.

Ques: Should I use Cloxacillin empty stomach, before food or after food?

Ans: If you are taking it as capsules then it is recommended that you have it on an empty stomach, at least an hour or two before a meal.

Ques: What are the instructions for the storage and disposal of Cloxacillin?

Ans: This medication should be kept in a cool dry place and in its original packaging. Make sure this medication remains unreachable to children and pets.
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