Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully.
They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
If you do not understand the instructions on the box/bottle, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.
How much to take
The usual dose is 5 mL of 250 mg/5 mL suspension every four to six hours for adults and older children.
For children the dose varies depending on their age, weight and how sick they are.
Your doctor may adjust this dose depending on the type and severity of the infection.
The usual dose is 250 mg every four to six hours for adults and older children.
For younger children the dosage is 125 mg every four hours.
How to take ABBOCILLIN
Shake the bottle well before each dose and accurately measure the dose with a medicine measure.
Swallow the tablets whole with a full glass of water.
When to take it
Take your medicine at about the same time each day.
Taking it at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you remember when to take it.
Your medicine is best taken on an empty stomach (one hour before meals and at bedtime), unless otherwise directed by your doctor
How long to take ABBOCILLIN
Continue taking your medicine for as long as your doctor tells you.
If you forget to take ABBOCILLIN
If it almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take you next dose when you are meant to.
Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking you medicine as you would normally.
Do not take double dose to make for the dose that you missed.
This may increase the chance of you getting an unwanted side effect.
If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
If you take too much (overdose)
Immediately telephone your doctor or the Poison Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for advice, or go the Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much ABBOCILLIN. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
You may need urgent medical attention.
What if I am feeling better?
The whole course of antibiotics should be taken, even if you are feeling better. If you stop taking antibiotics too soon the infection may start up again because not all the infection has been killed.
If your symptoms do not improve within a few days of starting ABBOCILLIN, or if they have become worse, check with your doctor.
Things you must do
If the symptoms of your infection do not improve within a few days, or ifthey become worse, tell your doctor.
If you develop itching with swelling of skin rash or difficulty breathing while you are taking ABBOCILLIN do not take any more and contact your doctor immediately.
If you get severe diarrhoea tell your doctor, pharmacist or nurse immediately. Do this even if it occurs several weeks after ABBOCILLIN has been stopped.
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 first checking with your doctor.
If you get a sore white mouth or tongue while taking or soon after stopping ABBOCILLIN, 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 ABBOCILLIN allows fungi to grow and the above symptoms to occur. ABBOCILLIN does not work against fungi.
If you become pregnant while taking ABBOCILLIN tell your doctor.
If you are about to be started on any new medicine, remind your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking ABBOCILLIN.
If you are about to have any blood tests, tell your doctor that you are taking this medicine.
It may interfere with the results of some tests.
Tell any other doctors, dentists, and pharmacists who treat you that you are taking this medicine.
Things you must not do
Do not stop taking ABBOCILLIN because you are feeling better, unless advised by your doctor.
If you do not complete the full course prescribed by your doctor, all of the bacteria causing your infection may not be killed. These bacteria may continue to grow and multiply so that your infection may not clear completely or it may return.
Do not take ABBOCILLIN to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not give your medicine to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.
Things to be careful of
Be careful when drinking alcohol while you are taking this medicine.
ABBOCILLIN generally does not cause any problems with your ability to drive a car or operate machinery. However, as with many other medicines, ABBOCILLIn may cause dizziness/ drowsiness/ tiredness in some people.