Truxcillin-VK

Penicillin VK is an antibiotic and treats infection. Finish taking all of your medication. Even if you feel better, do not stop taking medication unless your doctor tells you to stop.

Truxcillin-VK Overview

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Penicillin V potassium, also known as Penicillin VK, is a prescription medication used to treat mild to moderate infections of the ears, nose, throat, and skin. It is also used to treat scarlet fever and to prevent rheumatic fever. Penicillin V potassium belongs to a group of drugs called antibiotics, which stop the growth of bacteria in the body.

This medication comes in tablet and oral (by mouth) solution forms and may be taken 2 to 4 times a day, with or without food.

Common side effects of penicillin V potassium include nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, diarrhea, and black hairy tongue.

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Uses of Truxcillin-VK

Penicillin V potassium is a prescription medication used to treat mild to moderate infections of the ears, nose, throat, and skin. It is also used to treat scarlet fever and to prevent rheumatic fever.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Truxcillin-VK Drug Class

Truxcillin-VK is part of the drug class:

Side Effects of Truxcillin-VK

Serious side effects have been reported with penicillin V potassium. See “Drug Precautions” section.

Common side effects of penicillin V potassium include:

  • nausea 
  • vomiting
  • upset stomach
  • diarrhea
  • black hairy tongue

This is not a complete list of penicillin V potassium side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Truxcillin-VK Interactions

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take:

  • probenecid (Probalan, Benemid)
  • methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall)
  • birth control pills

This is not a complete list of penicillin V potassium drug interactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Truxcillin-VK Precautions

Serious side effects have been reported with penicillin V potassium including:

  • hypersensitivity (severe allergic reaction). This type of reaction may be serious and possibly fatal. These reactions are more likely to occur in those with a history of penicillin hypersensitivity and/or a history of sensitivity to multiple allergens. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you start to develop signs or symptoms of a hypersensitivity reaction, which include the following:
    • chest pain
    • swelling of the face, eyes, lips, tongue, arms, or legs
    • difficulty breathing or swallowing
    • fainting
    • rash
  • diarrhea. Diarrhea is a common problem caused by antibiotics, and it usually ends when the antibacterial is discontinued. Sometimes after starting treatment with antibiotics, patients can develop watery and bloody stools (with or without stomach cramps and fever) even as late as 2 or more months after having taken their last dose of the antibacterial. If diarrhea is severe or lasts more than 2 or 3 days, contact your doctor, as this may be a sign of an infection of the bowels.
  • superinfection. Penicillin V potassium should not be used for extended periods. Prolonged use can lead to the growth of dangerous organisms that are resistant to penicillin V potassium. Take this medication for the duration prescribed by your doctor.

Do not take penicillin V potassium if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.

Truxcillin-VK Food Interactions

Medicines can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of penicillin V potassium, there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving this medication.

Inform MD

Before taking penicillin V potassium, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions. Especially tell your doctor if you:

  • are allergic to penicillin V potassium or to any of its ingredients
  • are allergic to similar antibiotics (penicillins, cephalosporins)
  • have a history of other allergies
  • have a history of asthma
  • have kidney problems
  • have stomach problems
  • are pregnant or breastfeeding

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Truxcillin-VK and Pregnancy

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

The FDA categorizes medications based on safety for use during pregnancy. Five categories - A, B, C, D, and X, are used to classify the possible risks to an unborn baby when a medication is taken during pregnancy.

Penicillin V potassium falls into category B. There are no well-done studies that have been done in humans with penicillin V potassium. But in animal studies, pregnant animals were given this medication, and the babies did not show any medical issues related to this medication.

Truxcillin-VK and Lactation

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

Penicillin V potassium has been detected in human breast milk. Because of the possibility for adverse reactions in nursing infants from Penicillin VK, a choice should be made whether to stop nursing or to stop use of penicillin V potassium. The importance of the drug to the mother should be considered.

Truxcillin-VK Usage

Take penicillin V potassium exactly as prescribed.

This medication comes in tablet and oral (by mouth) solution forms and may be taken 2 to 4 times a day, with or without food.

Continue to take this medication even if you feel well. Do not stop taking penicillin V potassium without talking to your doctor.

If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not take two doses of penicillin V potassium at the same time.

Truxcillin-VK Dosage

Take penicillin V potassium exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.

The penicillin V potassium dose your doctor recommends will be based on:

  • the condition being treated
  • other medical conditions you have
  • other medications you are taking
  • how you respond to this medication
  • your kidney function
  • your age

The recommended dose range for this medication is 125 mg to 500 mg given several times a day. The frequency will depend on what kind of infection is being treated.  

Truxcillin-VK Overdose

If you take too much penicillin V potassium, call your healthcare provider or local Poison Control Center, or seek emergency medical attention right away.

Other Requirements

  • Store penicillin V potassium tablets at room temperature between 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F).
  • Store penicillin V potassium solution (after mixing with water) in the refrigerator. Discard any unused solution (not tablets) after 14 days.
  • Keep the bottle for the solution tightly closed.
  • Keep this and all medicines out of the reach of children.