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What should I know about dicloxacillin before taking it?

Before taking dicloxacillin, you should know that it is not used to treat viral infections, including a cold or flu, and is a member of the penicillin family. Dicloxacillin is best taken on an empty stomach with a glass of water, and at regular intervals. If you are allergic to penicillin or any of the ingredients in dicloxacillin, you should not take this medication. You should tell your doctor if you have bowel disease, diarrhea, asthma, eczema, kidney conditions or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. You should complete the entire prescription for dicloxacillin as directed by your doctor, even if symptoms improve. Dicloxacillin may interact with antibiotics from the tetracycline family, anticoagulants like Coumadin and warfarin, and probenecid, and should not be used simultaneously with these drugs. You should use an added birth control method in addition to hormonal birth control if you are taking dicloxacillin, as this drug will make birth control less effective. Using dicloxacillin for too long or too often may lead to further infection.

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