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Apo-Pen VK

Common Name
penicillin V


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DIN (Drug Identification Number)

00642223 APO-PEN VK PWS 200,000 UNITS / 5 ML POWDER FOR SOLUTION
00642215 APO-PEN VK 500,000 UNIT TABLET
00642231 APO-PEN VK PWS 500,000 UNITS / 5 ML POWDER FOR SOLUTION

How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

Penicillin belongs to the family of medications known as antibiotics. Penicillin is used to treat infections caused by certain bacteria. It is most commonly used to treat certain throat, respiratory tract, and skin infections. It may be used to prevent certain infections in people whose body is unable to fight infections. It works by killing or preventing the growth of bacteria that cause the infection.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than the ones listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

Learn more about related conditions:

These conditions are related to the conditions the drug is approved to treat. The drug may not be approved to treat all of the conditions listed here.

How should I use this medication?

The recommended dose of penicillin for adults and children varies according to the infection being treated. The recommended dose for adults and children more than 12 years old ranges between 1 to 4 grams daily, divided into 3 to 4 doses.

The dose for children under 12 years old is based on body weight. The recommended daily dose varies between 25 mg and 100 mg per kg of body weight and is divided into 3 or 4 equal doses.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

The liquid form of this medication should be measured accurately with a medication spoon or oral syringe. Shake the bottle of liquid penicillin well before measuring each dose.

When taken by mouth, penicillin should be taken on an empty stomach, either 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.

Finish all this medication, even if you have started to feel better. This will reduce the chance of the infection returning.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store penicillin tablets at room temperature and penicillin solution in the refrigerator. Keep this medication out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does this medication come in?

Oral Solution

125 mg
After reconstitution, each 5 mL pink, cherry-flavoured suspension contains penicillin V potassium 125 mg (200,000 IU). Nonmedicinal ingredients: artificial cherry flavour, FD&C Red No. 40, sodium benzoate, sodium citrate, sodium cyclamate, and sucrose.

300 mg
After reconstitution, each 5 mL pink, cherry-flavoured suspension contains penicillin V potassium 300 mg (500,000 IU). Nonmedicinal ingredients: artificial cherry flavour, FD&C Red No. 40, sodium benzoate, sodium citrate, sodium cyclamate, and sucrose.

Tablets

Each orange, film-coated, round, biconvex, scored tablet identified "APO" over "300" on one side, contains penicillin V potassium 300 mg (500,000 IU). Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, croscarmellose sodium, FD&C Yellow No. 10 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Yellow No. 6 Aluminum Lake, hydroxypropyl cellulose, magnesium stearate, methylcellulose, polyethylene glycol 8000, and titanium dioxide.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Do not take this medication if you:

  • are allergic to penicillin or any ingredients of the medication.
  • have certain types of severe infections


 

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