What is Penicillin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Penicillin VK Penicillin V Novo-Pen-VK Show all

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Penicillins are a type of antibiotics; the major differences among the penicillins is the range of bacteria against which they are active. The broad spectrum penicillins are distinguished by their activity against gram-negative bacilli. Two broad spectrum penicllins are ampicillin, amoxicillin.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Sinus infection (sinusitis) 17 13
Tonsillitis 9 3
Prevent infection 8 4
Strep throat 5 1
Gingivitis 2 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
5
Moderate
2
Mild
7
None
21

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Penicillin

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 3
Anaphylaxis 2
Fatigue 2
Nausea 2
Allergic reaction 1
Chest congestion 1

Show all 16 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Penicillin

Dosage Patients
250 mg daily 1
1,000 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Penicillin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 36
Doctor's advice 8
Did not seem to work 5
Other 5
Side effects too severe 3
Personal research 1
See all 48 patients who've stopped taking Penicillin

Duration

Currently taking Penicillin

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Penicillin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 35
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 4
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 28
Usually 5
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 4
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 27
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 20
Not specified 13

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Penicillin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Azithromycin (Zithromax) 1

Patients stopped taking Penicillin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Azithromycin (Zithromax) 1
Doxycycline (Doxylin) 1
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7 patient evaluations for Penicillin

Oct 15, 2016 (Started Aug 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for sinusitis symptoms)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for sinus infection (sinusitis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 22, 2016 (Started Aug 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for sinusitis symptoms)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for sinus infection (sinusitis))
  • Side effects
    Mild (diarrhea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Good stuff!
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 6, 2014 (Started Jul 02, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for sinus infection (sinusitis))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for dental cavities)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue, nausea)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 19, 2014 (Started Apr 10, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pneumonia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1980 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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