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What does it do?

Pivmecillinam is used to treat bacterial infections.

How should you take it?

Take pivmecillinam regularly as directed. Keep taking it until the course is finished, even if you start to feel better. Pivmecillinam can damage your oesophagus (food pipe). To avoid this, take it with a large glass of water. Swallow the tablet whole, do not crush or chew it. Sit or stand upright for at least 30 minutes after taking a dose.

What if you forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as possible and continue as directed.

Can you take other medicines?

Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.

What side effects might you notice?

Side EffectsRecommended action

Symptoms of allergy including: skin rash, itching, swelling, trouble breathing

Trouble swallowing, chest pain, indigestion or heartburn (new or getting worse)

Tell your doctor immediately

Severe or persistent diarrhoea, abdominal pain

Tell your doctor

Diarrhoea, stomach upset

Tell your doctor if troublesome

If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

Other information:

  • Tell your doctor if you have swallowing problems, or have ever had an allergic reaction to penicillins or any other medicine.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • Pivmecillinam is not registered for use in New Zealand. Discuss with your doctor.

This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.

Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. November 2020

For more general information about this sheet annd its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

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About My Medicines

My Medicines Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) contain important, but not all, information about the medicines they describe.

For more information about the sheets, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

My Medicines is developed by a team at the Canterbury District Health Board. Our team is made up of doctors, pharmacists, and a non-medical person to help us keep to plain language. We also discuss our information with specialist health professionals or groups when needed