Penicillin V Potassium
Data provided by Applied Health
side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• Penicillin may hinder the absorption of some B vitamins and vitamin K. Long term use of the antibiotic may require supplementation. Discuss supplementation with physician or pharmacist.1
• Antibiotics kill penicillin-sensitive bacteria, including beneficial flora in the gut, which may affect digestion and/or elimination. Supplementation with acidophilus or bifidus, may aid in restoring this flora.2
• Bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple and nutritional supplements may increase the effect of Penicillin.3
• Food can decrease absorption of the drug, take on an empty stomach 1 hr before or 2hrs after a meal.4
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3 Neuvonen PJ et al., Comparative effect of food on absorption of ampicillin and pivampicillin. J Int Med Res 1977; 5: 71-76.
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