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Penicillins were the first types of antibiotic drug that doctors used and have saved millions of lives. Penicillin is one type of antibiotic in the group known as penicillins, alongside amoxicillin, flucloxacillin, and co-amoxiclav, that are used to fight bacteria.
Penicillin comes in a number of forms, such as penicillin V, which is one type of antibiotic prescribed to overcome a variety of bacterial infections.
What Is Penicillin Prescribed For?
Penicillin is used to treat certain bacterial infections. They can be prescribed to treat infections such as pneumonia and upper respiratory tract infections, as well as other infections of the throat, mouth, gum, skin, and ears, and are also used in the treatment of scarlet fever and to prevent rheumatic fever, a condition that can develop after strep throat or scarlet fever.
It is also sometimes used to prevent a heart valve infection in patients with a heart condition and can be used in combination with other medications to treat diphtheria, which is uncommon in developed countries.
Penicillin is not prescribed for viral infections such as colds and flu. Taking antibiotics when it is not necessary can increase the risk of getting an infection later on which can then be resistant to antibiotic treatment.
How Does Penicillin Work?
Penicillin works by bursting the bacterial cell walls. The structure of bacterial cells includes peptidoglycan which is a substance that is vital in the bacterial cell structure and creates a “mesh” around the plasma membrane of a cell to prevent particles or external fluid from entering the cell.
When bacteria multiply, the process opens small holes in the cell walls, the newly produced peptidoglycans fill the holes to reconstruct the cell walls. Penicillin works by blocking what is known as the protein struts, which link the peptidoglycans together, preventing the bacteria from closing the holes in the cell walls. This causes the water concentration of the surrounding fluids to rush through the holes into the cell and burst the bacterium.
What Are the Side Effects of Penicillin?
It’s vital to avoid penicillin antibiotics if you have an allergy to them. Before using penicillin, you need to speak to your doctor if you have any allergies to drugs or have any of the following:
- A history of allergies
- Diarrhea that was directly caused by taking antibiotics
- Blood clotting or any other form of bleeding disorder
- Kidney disease
The serious side effects of penicillin can include some of the following:
- Urinating less frequently than usual (or not at all)
- Physical weakness
- Watery or bloody diarrhea
- Skin rash, peeling, or itching
- Fevers, chills, and other flu-like symptoms
- Convulsions, seizures, or blackouts
The less serious side effects that are more common include the following:
- Thrush, which are white patches inside your mouth or throat
- Discharge or itching of the vagina
- Stomach pain, vomiting, or nausea
- Swollen tongue
For more detailed information about Penicillin, you can refer to the following sources:
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Frequently asked questions
Can you get penicillin over-the-counter (OTC)?
You cannot get penicillin over the counter. You can only get a penicillin prescription if you get it online via a medical professional. At DrHouse, we provide a variety of medications including antibiotics that can be helpful in treating bacterial infections.
How do I get a prescription for penicillin?
If you want to get a prescription for penicillin online, you need to consult a medical professional such as those at DrHouse. We can fully assess your symptoms and help if you are experiencing a bacterial infection that can be treated with penicillin.
Can you get a penicillin prescription online?
You can get a penicillin prescription online. We provide licensed medical professionals that can give you a thorough consultation and evaluation. You can speak with one of our online medical professionals to learn more about penicillin and how it can help you.
How do I get an online prescription for penicillin?
To get an online prescription for penicillin you will have to set up an account with us, download the DrHouse app and make an on-demand visit with one of our board-certified clinicians.
How to use penicillin?
You should use penicillin exactly as it is prescribed. Penicillin is typically prescribed in pill form or as an oral solution. There are other penicillin, such as penicillin G, which are administered by a healthcare provider intravenously or intramuscularly. For infections, penicillin is usually taken 2 to 3 times a day. If you miss a dose, you should take it as soon as you remember, however, do not attempt to “double up” to make up for a missed one.
What to avoid while using penicillin?
Penicillin can interact with a number of drugs, including methotrexate which is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and some forms of cancer, but there are some forms of penicillin such as amoxicillin, that can be used in combination with methotrexate. Penicillin can also interact with birth control pills reducing their efficacy, therefore, it’s important to tell your doctor if you are using birth control pills.
Is it legal to prescribe medicine online?
Yes, DrHouse has developed a telemedicine platform that enables our providers to practice medicine and take care of patients remotely. Every medical professional you interact with has been licensed by their respective state to prescribe medications and treat patients.