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Brand name: LPV

LPV is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) phenoxymethylpenicillin. On this page you will find out more about LPV, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: phenoxymethylpenicillin

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Information for medicine and pack size:
LPV 250 mg hard capsule, 50

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

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What this medicine is for

Treatment of mild to moderately severe infections due to penicillin V sensitive micro-organisms. Therapy should be guided by bacteriological studies ( including sensitivity tests) and by clinical response. Note: Severe pneumonia, empyema, bacteraemia, pericarditis, meningitis and arthritis should not be treated with penicillin V during the acute stage. Indicated surgical procedures should be performed. The following infections will usually respond to adequate dosage of penicillin V: Streptococcal infections( without bacteraemia). Mild to moderate infections of the upper respiratory tract, scarlet fever and mild erysipelas. Note: Streptococci in groups A,C,G,H,L and M are very sensitive to penicillin. Other groups, including Group D (enterococcus) are resistant. Pneumococcal infections. Mild to moderately severe infections of the respiratory tract. Staphylococcal infections-penicillin V sensitive. Mild infections of the skin and soft tissues. Note: Reports indicate an increasing number of strains of staphylococci resistant to penicillin V, emphasizing the need for culture and sensitivity studies in treating suspected staphylococcal infections. Fusospirochetosis (Vincent's gingivitis and pharyngitis)-Mild to moderately severe infections of the oropharynx usually respond to therapy with oral penicillin. Note: Reports indicate an increasing number of strains of staphylococci resistant to penicillin V, emphasizing the need for culture and sensitivity studies in treating suspected staphylococcal infections. Fusospirochetosis( Vincent's gingivitis and pharyngitis)-Mild to moderately severe infections of the oropharynx usually respond to therapy with oral penicillin. Note; Necessary dental care should be accomplished in infections involving the gum tissue. Medical conditions in which oral penicillin therapy is indicated as prophylaxis: For the prevention of recurrence following rheumatic fever and/or chorea-Prophylaxis with oral penicillin on a continuing basis has proven bacterial endocarditis in patients with congenital and/or rheumatic heart lesions who are to undergo dental procedures or minor upper respiratory tract surgery or instrumentation. Prophylaxis should be instituted on the day of the procedure and for 2 or more days following. Patients who have a past history of rheumatic fever and are receiving continuous prophylaxis may harbour increased numbers of penicillin-resistant organisms; use of another prophylactic anti-infective agent should be considered. If penicillin is to be used in these patients at surgery, penicillin may be re-instituted as a prophylactic measure against the hazards of surgically induced bacteraemia. Note: Oral penicillin should not be used as a adjunctive prophylaxis for genito-urinary instrumentation or surgery, lower intestinal tract surgery, sigmoidoscopy and complications of childbirth.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance Capsules with a opaque red cap and opaque grey body printed with "LPV250" in black ink on cap and body.

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Dosage Form Capsule, hard
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
25 capsules: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
50 capsules: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Blister Pack
Storage temperature Store below 25 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 2 Years
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 October 2017

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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