Amoxicillin is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. This medicine is a penicillin-type antibiotic. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria. This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections (like the common cold, flu). Unnecessary use or misuse of any antibiotic can lead to a decrease in its effectiveness. Amoxicillin is also used with other medications to treat stomach / intestinal ulcers caused by H. pylori bacteria and to prevent ulcers from coming back.
How to use Amoxicillin
Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually every 8 to 12 hours. Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Drink plenty of fluids while using this medicine unless your doctor tells you otherwise. For the best effect, take this antibiotic at regular intervals. To help you remember, take this medicine at the same time every day.
Continue taking this medication until the prescribed amount is completed, even if the symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medicine too soon can allow bacteria to continue growing, which can cause the infection to return. Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
Amoxicillin side effects
It can cause nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. If any of these effects persist or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately. Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medicine for you because he has judged that the benefit to you outweighs the risk of side effects. Many people using this medicine do not have serious side effects.
Using this medicine for long or repeated periods may lead to oral thrush or a new vaginal yeast infection (yeast infection taken by mouth or vagina). Contact your doctor if you notice white patches in your mouth, a change in vaginal discharge, or other new symptoms.
Tell your doctor right away if you develop any of these rare but serious dark urine, persistent nausea or vomiting, stomach / abdominal pain, yellow skin or eyes, easy bruising or bleeding, persistent sore throat, or fever.
In rare cases, this drug can cause a serious intestinal condition (Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea) due to a resistant type of bacteria. This condition can occur during treatment or weeks or months after treatment has stopped. Do not use antidiarrheal products or narcotic pain relievers if you have the following symptoms because these products can make them worse. Tell your doctor right away if you develop: persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain / cramps, blood / mucus in your stool.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek medical attention immediately if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching / swelling (especially of the face / tongue / throat), severe dizziness, difficulty breathing.
Amoxicillin can usually cause a mild rash that is usually not serious. However, you may not be able to tell it apart from a rare rash that could be a sign of a serious allergic reaction. Therefore, get medical help immediately if you develop any rash.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Before taking amoxicillin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to penicillin or cephalosporin antibiotics; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Consult your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, a certain type of viral infection (infectious mononucleosis). Amoxicillin can cause live bacterial vaccines (such as typhoid vaccine) to not work as well. Do not get vaccinated / vaccinated while using this medicine unless your doctor tells you to.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs, and herbal products). During pregnancy, this drug should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Amoxicillin passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
The effects of some medicines can change if you take other medicines or herbal products at the same time. This can increase your risk of serious side effects or it can cause your medications to not work properly. These drug interactions are possible, but they don’t always happen. Your doctor or pharmacist can often prevent or monitor interactions by changing the way you use your medications or by monitoring closely.
To help your doctor and pharmacist give you the best care, be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs, and herbal products) before starting treatment. with this product. While using this product, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any other medications you are using without your doctor’s approval.
One product that may interact with this drug is: methotrexate.
Although most antibiotics are unlikely to affect hormonal birth control, such as pills, the patch, or the ring, some antibiotics (such as rifampin, rifabutin) can decrease their effectiveness. This could result in pregnancy. If you use hormonal contraceptives, ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Amoxicillin can cause false positive results with certain diabetic urine test products (cupric sulfate type). This medicine can also affect the results of certain lab tests. Make sure laboratory personnel and your doctors know you use this medicine.
This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use. Share this list with your doctor and pharmacist to lower the risk of serious drug problems.
Dr. Samantha Robson ( CRN: 0510146-5) is a nutritionist and website content reviewer related to her area of expertise. With a postgraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona, she is a specialist in Sports Nutrition from Oxford University and is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.