Penicillin V - Stomach-friendly version of the classic bacteria killer

Folks, I'm sick again, this time with strep throat. I'm on antibiotics and the maximum amount of acetaminophen that one can take before one's liver is annihilated. So no blog posts for the next couple of days.

Edit: I'm all better now, so here is some information on penicillin V and it's bacteria-killing ways:

  • also called phenoxymethylpenicillin (I'm partial to penicillin V, myself)
  • is the basic form of penicillin that can be taken orally (e.g. as a pill) and be appreciably absorbed into the bloodstream and thus distributed throughout the body
  • penicillin G (benzylpenicillin) is a slightly different compound that must be given parenterally (by injection) since it is broken down by stomach acid - it is considered to be the definitive form of penicillin
  • generally the first-line (first choice) antibiotic used against infections caused by Streptococcus pyogenes (tonsillitis, pharyngitis or strep throat, certain skin infections)

4 chemically inspired comments:

eosyn said...

Hope you feel better. Strep sucks :/ Im Fascinated by this site as a bio-neuro-chem fan. I also love MOTD (molecule of the day blog)

* said...

someone's been hanging around too many strep clubs! ahahaha! that was the lamest joke i have ever made!!
poor little guy. all sick. feel better and don't get anyone sick. nobody likes teh strep.

catecholamine juggler said...

You poor. But if you take this medicine your liver gets damaged. 50% of the Paracetamol are metabolized in three hours and in the next day you will have some in your bloodstream.

By the way, it is a very painfull method to do suicide. You die in some days after ingestion.

CND said...

Aw, shucks. It's weird, I went five years without so much as a sinus cold and then wham! Flu and strep throat, back to back. Strange stuff.

Not to worry, I didn't overdo it with the Tylenol (acetaminophen/paracetamol). Mind you, the fun thing with too much Tylenol is that you really don't have any idea if you've totally destroyed your liver until a couple of days later, since the liver is so darn tough it takes a while for it to stop working.