A healthcare provider may prescribe oxacillin to treat certain bacterial infections. This antibiotic comes as a generic product only, as the brand-name medication is no longer made. It is given as an injection into a vein or a muscle every four to six hours.
Although most people who use this medicine tolerate it fairly well, side effects are possible. Some of the potential side effects include allergic reactions, nausea, and diarrhea. Fortunately, most reactions to the medication tend to be mild and easy to treat.
While this antibiotic can be effective at treating various infections, oxacillin is not the best drug for some people. Information on your medical history should be reviewed with your healthcare provider before starting treatment to reduce your risk for certain complications. This includes warnings for people who are allergic to penicillin, those with kidney disease, or women who are pregnant or nursing.
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