Highlights for dicloxacillin
dicloxacillin Side Effects
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- black, tarry stool
- difficulty breathing, wheezing
- discolored tongue
- fever, chills
- pain or difficulty passing urine
- redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
- swollen joints
- unusual bleeding, bruising
- unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- nausea, vomiting
- sore mouth
- stomach upset
dicloxacillin May Interact with Other Medications
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
- tetracycline antibiotics
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
- birth control pills
How to Use dicloxacillin
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on your prescription label. It is best to take this medicine on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine early even if you feel better. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- bowel disease, like colitis
- kidney disease
- an unusual or allergic reaction to dicloxacillin, other penicillins or antibiotics, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve or if you get new symptoms.
Do not treat diarrhea with over the counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if it is severe and watery.
If you are diabetic, you may get a false positive result for sugar in your urine. Check with your health care professional.
Birth control pills may not work properly while you are taking this medicine. Talk to your doctor about using an extra method of birth control.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at a room temperature of 25 degrees C (77 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Last Updated: January 7, 2009