Contains the active ingredient flucloxacillin (as flucloxacillin sodium)
Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
Read this leaflet carefully before taking your medicine.
This leaflet answers some common questions about flucloxacillin. It does not contain
all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor
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All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you using
this medicine against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
Pharmaceutical companies cannot give you medical advice or an individual diagnosis.
Keep this leaflet with your medicine. You may want to read it again.
What this medicine is used for
The name of your medicine is APO-Flucloxacillin Capsules.
It is used to treat infections in different parts of the body caused by bacteria.
It contains the active ingredient flucloxacillin sodium.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed
for you. Your doctor may have prescribed this medicine for another reason.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
How it works
Flucloxacillin is an antibiotic that belongs to a group of medicines called penicillins.
These medicines work by killing the bacteria that are causing your infection.
Flucloxacillin will not work against infections caused by viruses, such as colds or
There is no evidence that this medicine is addictive.
Use in children
Children 2 to 10 years can take half the adult dose.
Before you take this medicine
WARNING: Flucloxacillin can cause severe liver damage, particularly in older patients
and those who take it for more than 14 days.
When you must not take it
Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to:
medicines containing flucloxacillin or any other penicillin or any of the ingredients
listed at the end of this leaflet.
beta-lactam antibiotics including imipenem and aztreonam
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include: cough, shortness of breath, wheezing
or difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, lips, tongue, throat or other parts
of the body; rash, itching or hives on the skin; fainting; or hay fever-like symptoms.
If you think you are having an allergic reaction, do not take any more of the medicine
and contact your doctor immediately or go to the Accident and Emergency department
at the nearest hospital.
Do not take flucloxacillin if you have had a reaction affecting your liver while you
were taking a medicine containing flucloxacillin.
Examples of liver reactions include hepatitis and jaundice (yellowing of the eyes
Do not take this medicine if the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack has passed.
Do not take this medicine if the packaging is torn, shows signs of tampering or it
does not look quite right.
Before you start to take it
Before you start taking this medicine, tell your doctor if:
1. You have allergies to:
Any other medicines.
Any other substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes.
2. You have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
Jaundice, yellowing of the skin or eyes
Asthma, hayfever, eczema or other allergic conditions.
3. You are currently pregnant or you plan to become pregnant. Do not take this medicine
whilst pregnant until you and your doctor have discussed the risks and benefits involved.
4. You are currently breastfeeding or you plan to breast-feed. Do not take this medicine
whilst breastfeeding until you and your doctor have discussed the risks and benefits
5. You have recently been vaccinated or plan to get a vaccination.
6. You are planning to have surgery or an anaesthetic.
7. You are currently receiving or are planning to receive dental treatment.
8. You are taking or are planning to take any other medicines. This includes vitamins
and supplements that are available from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy
without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines may be affected by
flucloxacillin, or may affect how well it works. Your doctor or pharmacist can tell
you what to do if you are taking flucloxacillin with other medicines, such as probenecid,
a medicine commonly used to treat gout. You may need different amounts of your medicine,
or you may need to take different medicines.
Your doctor or pharmacist has more information on medicines to be careful with or
avoid whilst taking this medicine.
Talk to your doctor about the need for additional contraception while taking flucloxacillin.
Some antibiotics may decrease the effectiveness of some birth control pills, although
this has not been shown with flucloxacillin.
If you are taking any of these you may need a different dose or you may need to take
Other medicines not listed above may also interact with flucloxacillin.
How to take this medicine
Follow carefully all directions given to you by your doctor. Their instructions may
be different to the information in this leaflet.
How much to take
Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine you should take. This will depend
on your condition and whether you are taking any other medicines.
For most infections, the usual dose for adults is 250 mg every 6 hours.
Do not stop taking your medicine or change your dosage without first checking with
How to take it
Swallow the capsules with a glass of water.
When to take it
Take this medicine at the same time each day. Taking it at the same time each day
will have the best effect and will also help you remember when to take it.
Take flucloxacillin on an empty stomach, for example, half to one hour before meals
and at bedtime.
Food can interfere with the absorption of flucloxacillin.
How long to take it for
Keep taking this medicine until you finish the pack, or for as long as your doctor
Do not stop taking this medicine, even if you feel better after a few days, unless
advised by your doctor.
Your infection may not clear completely if you stop taking your medicine too soon.
Continue taking your medicine for as long as your doctor tells you.
Make sure you have enough to last over weekends and holidays.
If you forget to take it
If it is almost time to take your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next
dose at the usual time.
Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember and then go back to taking your medicine
as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for missed doses.
This may increase the chance of you experiencing side effects.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some
hints to help you remember.
If you take too much (overdose)
If you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much of this medicine, immediately
telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (Tel: 13 11 26 in Australia)
for advice. Alternatively, go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest
Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent
If you take too much flucloxacillin, you may get diarrhoea and nausea.
While you are taking this medicine
Things you must do
Tell your doctor that you are taking this medicine if:
you are about to be started on any new medicine
you plan to have any vaccinations or immunisations
you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant
you are breastfeeding or are planning to breast-feed
you are about to have any blood tests
you are going to have surgery or an anaesthetic or are going into hospital.
Your doctor may occasionally do tests to make sure the medicine is working and to
prevent side effects. Go to your doctor regularly for a check-up.
Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you take
If your symptoms do not improve within a few days, or if they become worse, tell your
If you develop jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin), tell your doctor immediately.
Do this even if it occurs several weeks after you have stopped taking flucloxacillin.
Jaundice may mean that you have a serious condition affecting your liver. You may
need urgent medical care.
If you get severe diarrhoea, tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately. Do this even
if it occurs several weeks after you have stopped taking flucloxacillin.
Diarrhoea may mean that you have a serious condition affecting your bowel. You may
need urgent medical care. Do not take any diarrhoea medicine without checking with
If you get a sore, white mouth or tongue while taking or soon after stopping flucloxacillin,
tell your doctor. Also tell your doctor if you get vaginal itching or discharge.
This may mean you have a fungal infection called thrush. Sometimes, the use of flucloxacillin
allows fungi to grow and the above symptoms to occur. Flucloxacillin does not work
If you are taking this medicine for a long time, visit your doctor regularly so that
they can check on your progress.
You may need to have tests to check your liver.
Things you must not do
Give this medicine to anyone else, even if their symptoms seem similar to yours.
Take your medicine to treat any other condition unless your doctor tells you to.
Stop taking your medicine, or change the dosage, without first checking with your
Things to be careful of
Be careful when driving or operating machinery until you know how this medicine affects
Possible side effects
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking
flucloxacillin or if you have any questions or concerns.
Flucloxacillin treats infections in most people, but it may have unwanted side effects
in some people.
Do not be alarmed by the following lists of side effects. You may not experience any
of them. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious but most
of the time they are not.
IMPORTANT: Flucloxacillin can cause severe liver damage, which can make the skin and
whites of the eyes turn yellow in colour. This is more likely to occur in older patients
and those who take it for more than 14 days. Immediately contact your doctor if you
notice any yellowing of your eyes or skin.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following:
feeling sick or vomiting
stomach upset, diarrhoea
a mild rash
oral thrush (white, furry sore tongue and mouth)
vaginal thrush (sore and itchy vagina and/or vaginal discharge).
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following.
These may be serious side effects and you may need medical attention:
watery and severe diarrhoea, which may also be bloody.
severe stomach cramps.
tiredness, headaches, being short of breath when exercising, dizziness and looking
pale (possible anaemia)
bleeding or bruising more easily than normal
frequent infections such as fever, chills, sore throat or mouth ulcers
yellowing of the eyes or skin (jaundice)
painful, swollen joints
aching muscles, muscle tenderness or weakness, not caused by exercise
irregular heart beat
dark or cloudy urine, blood in the urine.
If you experience any of the following, stop taking your medicine and contact your
doctor immediately or go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest
These are very serious side effects and you may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation:
any type of skin rash, itching or hives.
swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body.
shortness of breath, wheezing or troubled breathing
red, scaly rash with bumps under the skin and blisters (stop use and avoid in future).
Other side effects not listed above may occur in some patients.
These include very rare conditions such as blood, liver, and kidney problems or fits.
After you have finished taking this medicine
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following, even if they occur
several weeks after stopping treatment with flucloxacillin:
watery and severe diarrhoea, which may also be bloody
severe stomach cramps
yellowing of the eyes or skin (jaundice).
These are rare but serious side effects. Flucloxacillin can change bacteria (which
are normally present in the bowel and normally harmless) to multiply and therefore
cause the above symptoms. You may need urgent medical attention.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects.
You may not experience any of them.
Storage and disposal
Keep your medicine in its original packaging until it is time to take it.
If you take your medicine out of its original packaging it may not keep well.
Keep your medicine in a cool dry place where the temperature will stay below 25°C.
Do not store your medicine, or any other medicine, in the bathroom or near a sink.
Do not leave it on a window sill or in the car. Heat and dampness can destroy some
Keep this medicine where children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place
to store medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking this medicine or it has passed its expiry
date, your pharmacist can dispose of the remaining medicine safely.
What APO-Flucloxacillin Capsules looks like
250 mg capsule: Size 2 capsule with blue cap and blue body printed with "F250".
500 mg capsule: Size 0 capsule with blue cap and blue body printed with "F500".
Pack sizes of 24 and 48 capsules.
* Not all strengths and/or pack sizes may be available.
Each tablet contains 250 mg & 500 mg of flucloxacillin (as sodium) as the active ingredient.
It also contains the following inactive ingredients:
This medicine is gluten-free, lactose-free, sucrose-free, tartrazine-free and free
of other azo dyes.
Australian Registration Numbers
APO-Flucloxacillin 250 mg capsules (blister pack)
AUST R 226382
APO-Flucloxacillin 500 mg capsules (blister pack)
AUST R 226374
Apotex Pty Ltd
16 Giffnock Avenue
Macquarie Park NSW 2113
APO and APOTEX are registered trade marks of Apotex Inc.
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