[Should penicillin be given on an empty stomach?]

Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2009 Dec 17;129(24):2610-2. doi: 10.4045/tidsskr.09.0982.
[Article in Norwegian]


To improve absorption, it is usually recommended that penicillin is given on an empty stomach. However, current knowledge on pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic properties of penicillins does not support this recommendation. It is time to leave this advice behind, and rather focus on good compliance and completion of the entire treatment cure.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Eating
  • Fasting
  • Humans
  • Penicillins / administration & dosage*
  • Penicillins / pharmacokinetics
  • Penicillins / pharmacology
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic


  • Penicillins