Penicillin V phenoxymethylpenicillin
It works by interfering with bacterial cell walls.
The cell walls of bacteria are vital for their survival. They keep unwanted substances from entering their cells and stop the contents of their cells from leaking out. Penicillin impairs the bonds that hold the bacterial cell walls together. This allows holes to appear in the cell walls, which kills the bacteria and clears up the infection.
Penicillin does not kill viruses and will not work to treat viral infections, such as colds, flu and most coughs and sore throats.
Things to know about penicillin:It’s important to complete the prescribed course of penicillin when treating an infection. If you stop treatment early because you feel better this makes it more likely that the infection will come back. It keeps for seven days in the fridge after your pharmacist has made it up. Any liquid remaining after this time should be disposed of, preferably by returning it to your pharmacist. (If you’ve been given phenoxymethylpenicilin tablets these don’t need to be kept in the fridge.)Can you drink alcohol with penicillin?It’s unlikely that drinking alcohol in moderation will cause problems while you’re taking penicillin it won’t affect the medicine. However it’s sensible to avoid drinking alcohol while you’re unwell.
Can I drive while taking penicillin?Yes. Penicillin shouldn’t affect your ability to drive.
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