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amoxicillin Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Warnings & Dosing

What dosages is amoxicillin available in?

What dosages is amoxicillin available in?

amoxicillin is available as a 250 mg/125 mg, 500 mg/125 mg, 875 mg/125 mg tablet, 125 mg/31.25 mg per 5 ml, 200 mg/28.5 mg per 5 ml, 250 mg/62.5 mg per 5 ml, 400 mg/57 mg 600 mg/42.9 mg per 5 ml oral suspension, and 125 mg/31.25 mg, 200 mg/28.5 mg, 250 mg/62.5 mg, 400 mg/57 mg chewable tablet.

What is amoxicillin used for?

What is amoxicillin used for?

amoxicillin is a combination antibiotic that can treat different types of bacterial infections in both children and adults, including ear infections, sinus infections, lower respiratory tract infections, skin and soft tissue infection, and urinary tract infections (UTIs).

How does amoxicillin work?

How does amoxicillin work?

amoxicillin contains amoxicillin, which is a type of penicillin antibiotic that kills bacteria by preventing them from being able to make cell walls to protect themselves. It also contains clavulanate, which is a beta-lactamase inhibitor. A beta-lactamase is a type of protein that bacteria make to try and break down amoxicillin and cause it to not work. By preventing beta-lactamase from working, clavulanate protects amoxicillin from being broken down and helps it work better at fighting infections.

How do I take amoxicillin?

How do I take amoxicillin?

amoxicillin is typically taken by mouth 2 to 3 times a day. Your dose and length of therapy will depend on the type and severity of th infection.

Is it safe for me to take amoxicillin?

Is it safe for me to take amoxicillin?

amoxicillin is a safe and effective treatment when used for FDA licensed indications. However, like all medications, they may give you unwanted side effects. You should always discuss potential side effects with your physician to ensure the medication is suitable and right for you. You should not take AMOXIL if you have a history of allergic reaction to any of the penicillins or cephalosporins. You should also avoid this medication if you have a history of cholestatic jaundice/hepatic dysfunction associated with amoxicillin.

amoxicillin Common Side Effects

amoxicillin Common Side Effects

Common side effects of amoxicillin include:

  • Diarrhea/loose stools
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Rash
  • Yeast infection
amoxicillin Serious Side Effects

amoxicillin Serious Side Effects

Serious side effects are rare with amoxicillin. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any of the following.

  • Serious allergic and skin reactions: hives, rash, blisters, swelling of the lips or tongue, difficulty breathing, skin reddening, blisters
  • Infectious (C. difficile-related) diarrhea: rapid heart rate, foul-smelling diarrhea, fever, nausea, frequent bowel movements (even up to 15 times per day)
  • Liver damage: swelling of your stomach, yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes, confusion, dark or brown urine
Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on amoxicillin

Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on amoxicillin

The following medications may interact with amoxicillin:

  • Probenecid may increase the levels and effects of amoxycillin
  • Concomitant use of amoxicillin and oral anticoagulants may increase the prolongation of prothrombin time
  • Coadministration with allopurinol increases the risk of rash
  • amoxicillin may reduce efficacy of oral contraceptives
Who makes amoxicillin?

Who makes amoxicillin?

Various FDA-approved generic manufacturers

Is amoxicillin safe in pregnancy?

Is amoxicillin safe in pregnancy?

amoxicillin is generally considered safe to use during pregnancy based on evidence from human and animal studies. But to be safe, let your physician know if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding before starting amoxicillin.

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