When and How to Take It

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with dicloxacillin include the following:
  • This medication comes in capsule form. It is taken by mouth, usually every six hours.
  • The length of treatment recommended will vary, depending on the type and severity of the infection. Usually, treatment is continued for at least two days after all signs and symptoms of the infection are gone.
  • The capsules are best absorbed when taken on an empty stomach, at least one hour before or two hours after a meal. 
  • Take each dose with at least four ounces of water while upright. Do not go to bed immediately after taking a dose. These measures help to prevent irritation and damage to the esophagus.
  • Make sure to finish the prescribed course of this antibiotic, as stopping dicloxacillin too soon can lead to a more serious infection.

Dosing Information

The dose of dicloxacillin your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on various factors, such as:
  • Your age
  • Your weight (for children)
  • The type and severity of the infection being treated
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
(Click Dicloxacillin Dosage for more information.)

Side Effects of Dicloxacillin

Just like any medicine, dicloxacillin can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are mild and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Some of the possible side effects of dicloxacillin include but are not limited to:
  • Allergic reactions
  • Gastrointestinal side effects, such as nausea or diarrhea.
(Click Dicloxacillin Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)

Dicloxacillin Antibiotic Information

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