Penicillin: The world’s best known antibiotic

Penicillin can treat a very wide range of infections. Penicillin is in fact, the planet’s leading antibiotic. A penicillin dosage is known everywhere as a highly effective treatment for infection. Sometimes called PCN or pen, the discovery of penicillin was attributed to Sir Alexander Fleming in 1928.

To date, penicillin remains a byword for a powerful, versatile treatment against bacterial infections. Initially the penicillin antibiotic became famous as the first treatment that could prove effective against serious infections like syphilis. Since then, the penicillin antibiotic has been developed to address more conditions and takes different forms and names, like the more common variants: penicillin V (also known as Phenoxymethylpenicillin) penicillin v potassium (penicillin vk), and penicillin g for example.

What is penicillin?

Penicillin antibiotic originally comes from penicillium mould. Discovered by Sir Alexander Fleming over 80 years ago, he almost by chance, noticed that mould on his bacterial plates had destroyed the surrounding bacteria. Penicillin antibiotic was then realised.

Since then, penicillin treatment was developed into practical ways and quantities and used across large numbers of people and a wide variety of bacterial diseases. Penicillin tablets and penicillin ingredients now have many variants and a number of penicillin side effects.

How does penicillin V (Phenoxymethylpenicillin) penicillin v potassium (penicillin vk), and penicillin g work?

Penicillin ingredients vary slightly, but they all basically equate to the same penicillin treatment. They all work in a common way – hindering bacteria from forming cell walls which are vital for their existence. With penicillin bacteria can’t form properly and therefore can be fought.

The various penicillin tablets and other forms of the medicine work on gram positive and gram negative bacteria. They each have penicillin antibiotic side effects that sometimes result in a penicillin allergy. With penicillin bacteria is strongly affected and as a result, some people may experience a - sometimes serious - penicillin allergy.

What are the differences between penicillin V (Phenoxymethylpenicillin) penicillin v potassium (penicillin vk), and penicillin g?

Penicillin V (or Phenoxymethylpenicillin) is an antibiotic used to treat mild to moderate infections caused by bacteria. It’s taken orally as penicillin tablets, in powder sachets or in liquid form.

It works in a similar way to penicillin vk – except penicillin vk comes in powder form. It’s also known as penicillin v potassium which is used for fighting different bacteria to Penicillin g for example.

Penicillin g

Penicillin g is known as a narrow spectrum antibiotic. It’s a natural penicillin antibiotic that’s taken intravenously or into the muscles due to poor oral absorption.

Penicillin antibiotic side effects and penicillin allergy

Penicillin side effects (although rare) can include nausea, diarrhoea, rash, or irritations like thrush. In very rare cases – if you have a penicillin allergy for example - this can be very serious and must be looked at immediately by a doctor. If you’re taking other medicines, penicillin side effects can vary.

Penicillin allergy symptoms and reactions may include anaphylaxis, hives, below-the-skin swelling, asthma symptoms, as well as non-allergic symptoms such as serum sickness, certain forms of anaemia, and other drug rashes. It’s important to look at the penicillin antibiotic side effects and take these into consideration so a potential allergy can be detected early.

Penicillin antibiotic side effects are very rare and equally rare is the possibility that some bacteria may be immune to the effects, and therefore won’t work.

Penicillin dosage

A penicillin antibiotic dosage should be carefully looked at depending on the nature of the infection. This will keep the penicillin antibiotic side effects to a minimum and ensure it works effectively against the bacteria. Penicillin v can be taken with food and it’s necessary to check the amount of sachets you’ll need for the various infections.

Our penicillin comes in powder form in sachets, allowing it to be poured into water, dissolved and then drunk.

Sachets of penicillin are a convenient, easily absorbed way of using the most renowned and effective antibiotic in the world.

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