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Excuse my spelling in this matter but, Will Penecilin VK cure Gonorrhea?
Thank you in advace.
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Tags: Gonorrhea
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No, pen VK is not reliable against gonorrhea.  It might work in particularly large doses.

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here is all information you need

Why is this drug prescribed?
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Penicillin V potassium is used to treat infections, including:

    * Dental infection, infections in the heart, middle ear infections, rheumatic fever, scarlet fever, skin infections, upper and lower respiratory tract infections

Penicillin V works against only certain types of bacteria--it is ineffective against fungi, viruses, and parasites.
Most important fact about this drug
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If you are allergic to either penicillin or cephalosporin antibiotics in any form, consult your doctor before taking penicillin V. There is a possibility that you are allergic to both types of medication; and if a reaction occurs, it could be extremely severe. If you take the drug and feel signs of a reaction, seek medical attention immediately.
How should you take this medication?
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Penicillin V may be taken on a full or empty stomach, though it is better absorbed when the stomach is empty. Be sure to take it for the full time of treatment.

Doses of the oral solution of penicillin V should be measured with a calibrated measuring spoon. Shake the solution well before using.

--If you miss a dose...

Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, and you take 2 doses a day, take the one you missed and the next dose 5 to 6 hours later. If you take 3 or more doses a day, take the one you missed and the next dose 2 to 4 hours later, or double the next dose. Then go back to your regular schedule.

--Storage instructions...

Store in a tightly closed container. The reconstituted oral solution must be refrigerated; discard any unused solution after 14 days.

Tablets and powder for oral solution may be stored at room temperature.
What side effects may occur?
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Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    * Side effects may include:
      Anemia, black, hairy tongue, diarrhea, fever, hives, nausea, skin eruptions, stomach upset or pain, swelling in throat, vomiting

Why should this drug not be prescribed?
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You should not be using penicillin V if you have had an allergic reaction to penicillin or cephalosporin antibiotics.
Special warnings about this medication
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If any allergic reactions occur, stop taking penicillin V and contact your doctor immediately.

If new infections (called superinfections) occur, consult your doctor.

If you have ever had allergic reactions such as rashes, hives, or hay fever, consult with your doctor before taking penicillin V.

Before taking penicillin V, tell your doctor if you have ever had asthma, colitis (inflammatory bowel disease), diabetes, or kidney or liver disease.

For infections such as strep throat, it is important to take penicillin V for the entire amount of time your doctor has prescribed. Even if you feel better, you need to continue taking this medication. If you stop taking this medication before your treatment time is complete, your infection may recur.
Possible food and drug interactions when taking this medication
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If penicillin V is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining penicillin V with the following:

Chloramphenicol (Chloromycetin)
Oral contraceptives
Tetracyclines such as Achromycin V and Sumycin
Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
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The effects of penicillin V in pregnancy have not been adequately studied. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Penicillin V should be used during pregnancy only if your doctor determines that the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Since penicillin V appears in breast milk, you should consult with your doctor if you plan to breastfeed your baby. If this medication is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to discontinue breastfeeding until your treatment is finished.
Recommended dosage
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ADULTS AND CHILDREN 12 YEARS OLD AND OVER
Continue taking penicillin V for the full time of treatment, even if you begin to feel better after a few days. Failure to take a full course of therapy may prevent complete elimination of the infection. It is best to take the doses at evenly spaced times, around the clock.

For mild to moderately severe strep infections of the upper respiratory tract and skin, and scarlet fever

The usual dosage is 125 to 250 milligrams every 6 to 8 hours for 10 days.

For mild to moderately severe pneumococcal infections of the respiratory tract, including middle ear infections

The usual dosage is 250 milligrams to 500 milligrams every 6 hours until you have been without a fever for at least 2 days.

For mild staph infections of skin

The usual dosage is 250 milligrams to 500 milligrams every 6 to 8 hours.

For mild to moderately severe gum infections known as Vincent's gingivitis

The usual dosage is 250 milligrams to 500 milligrams every 6 to 8 hours.

To prevent recurring rheumatic fever and/or chorea (infective disorder of the nervous system)

The usual dosage is 125 milligrams to 250 milligrams 2 times a day on a continuing basis.

Prevention of bacterial endocarditis (inflammation of the heart membrane) in people with heart disease who are undergoing dental or surgical procedures

For oral therapy, the usual dose is 2 grams of penicillin V taken one-half to 1 hour before the procedure, then 1 gram 6 hours later.
Overdosage
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Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.

    * Symptoms of penicillin V overdose may include:
      Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting
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Dear GOD was that a yes or a NO? all I wanted to know is if it cures it.. Money back please!
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http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/g/gonorrhea/treatments.htm
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Please wait to get an answer back from Dr. HHH--be patient!
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Paging Dr. HHH please fill in the blanks witha  yes or no answer stat. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!
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so I take it the long winded bluefin is not the Dr and I have been stroked needlessly by someone who likes long winded replies so as to feel better about something in THEIR life?
Thank you to everyone else for your guidence and advice... Im in the waiting room .... gonna wait for a DOCTOR!
Feeling foolish....FOON
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Don't feel foolish.

Dr. HHH usually answers pretty quickly, so he probably has something pressing to attend to.

I'm not a doctor, but did a quick search and came up with a list of drugs used to treat uncomplicated gonorrhea.  Pen V K is not one of them.  

Don't go by what I found--there is nothing there to indicate how old the information was.   But I don't think Pen VK will do it.
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The link imdumb gave was very informative, too.

Here is a couple paragraphs:

"Gonorrhea and chlamydial infection, another common STD, often infect people at the same time. Therefore, doctors usually prescribe a combination of antibiotics, such as ceftriaxone and doxycycline or azithromycin, which will treat both diseases.

If you have gonorrhea, all of your sexual partners should get tested and then treated if infected, whether or not they have symptoms of infection. 3
Historically, penicillin has been used to treat gonorrhea, but in the last decade, four types of antibiotic resistance have emerged. New antibiotics or combinations of drugs must be used to treat these resistant strains.4

Ampicillin, amoxicillin, or some type of penicillin used to be recommended for the treatment of gonorrhea. Because penicillin-resistant gonorrhea is increasing, other antibiotics that are given by injection such as ceftriazone or spectinomycin now are used to treat most gonoccal infections. Other new antibiotics can be taken by mouth.

Gonorrhea often occurs together with chlamydial infection, another common sexually transmitted disease (STD). Therefore, doctors usually prescribe a combination of antibiotics, such as ceftriazone and doxycycline, to treat both diseases. All sex partners of a person with gonorrhea should be tested and treated appropriately, even if they do not have symptoms of infection."  


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It's not appropriate to flood the forum with repeated new threads when comments on preceding threads will do.  I deleted your second new thread of the day.  You can put your latest comment/question here.

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Im new to this and do not know all the rules, Im sorry, I didnt mean to flood anything or anyone.
How much of a dose (milligrahms) per day how many times a day and for how many days would it take for penecilin VK to get rid of gonorrhea?
THank you.
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By the way, do not rely on your partner's penicillin VK (for her strep throat) to cure the gonorrhea you probably gave to her (based on your original thread).  You will be taking a serious threat with her health.  Ethically, you may not do that.

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Thank you Dr. We are only trying to keep her medical records clean so to speak since she is an officer in the militairy and does not want that on her records. Since she does work in the HR dept. of the miltairy  and is responcible for boards (review of militairy personels records for promotion) she does read and is made aware of all aspects of militairy persons file. She is currently taking Penicilin VK for a very strong case of strept throat that has her on her back a the moment. We only wanted to know if the penicilin she is currently ingesting would be ( if taken in the right doses) enough to treat both.
We take it that we will probably have to seek treatment outside the militairy for the problem.
Thank you for all of your help and patience, we both are in debted to you.
FOON
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