Amoxicillin is an antibiotic useful for the treatment of a number of bacterial infections. It is the first line treatment for middle ear infections. It may also be used for strep throat, pneumonia, skin infections, and urinary tract infections among others.
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WHAT IS AMOXICILLIN?
Amoxicillin, an antibiotic, is in the class of drugs called penicillins. It fights bacteria in the body.
This medication is used to treat many different types of infections, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, venereal disease (VD), gonorrhea, and infections of the ears, nose, throat, urinary tract, and skin. It is also used before some surgery or dental work to prevent infection.
Amoxicillin is marketed under many trade names including: Actimoxi®, Amoxibiotic®, Amoxicilina®, Dispermox®, Isimoxin®, Lamoxy®, Ospamox®, Pamoxicillin®, Polymox®, Trimox®, Tolodina®, Wymox®, Zerrsox® and Zimox®.
Brand Name(s): Amoxil; Biomox; Polymox; Trimox; Wymox
CAS nº: 26787-78-0
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On May 10th 2006, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved safety labeling revisions for amoxicillin capsules, tablets, chewable tablets, and powder for oral suspension (Amoxil®, made by GlaxoSmithKline) to advise of an increased risk for toxicity associated with use of amoxicillin in elderly patients and others with impaired renal function.
Why is this medication prescribed?
Amoxicillin is a penicillin-like antibiotic used to treat certain infections caused by bacteria, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, venereal disease (VD), gonorrhea, and other respiratory tract infections such as ears, nose, throat (RTI), urinary tract infections (UTI), and also in skin infections.
Amoxicillin is also prescribed before some surgery or dental work to prevent infection. However, it will not be prescribed in case of viral infections.
This medication can sometimes be prescribed for other uses, but it is strongly recommended that you ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Other uses for this medicine
Amoxicillin may also be prescribed to treat a chlamydia infection during pregnancy.
Moreover, amoxicillin is sometimes effective in preventing anthrax infection after exposure and to treat anthrax infection of the skin.
Note: Before taking amoxicillin, it is important that you talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this medication for your particular condition.
Dosage and using this medicine
Amoxicillin comes as a capsule, chewable tablet, liquid, and pediatric drop which is to be take orally. It is usually taken every 8 hours (three times a day). Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. It is strongly advised that you do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Shake the liquid and pediatric drops well before each use to mix the medication evenly, and use the bottle dropper to measure the dose of pediatric drops. The pediatric drops and liquid may be placed on a child’s tongue or added to formula, milk, fruit juice, water, ginger ale, or other cold liquid and taken immediately.
The tablets should be crushed or chewed thoroughly before they are swallowed.
On the other hand, the capsules should be swallowed whole and taken with a full glass of water.
Please continue to take amoxicillin even if you feel well. Additionally, do not stop taking amoxicillin without first consulting your doctor.
What special precautions should I follow?
If you have ever had an allergic reaction to another penicillin or to a cephalosporin, do not take amoxicillin without first talking to your doctor.
Moreover, before taking amoxicillin, you need to inform your doctor If you are suffering from kidney, stomach or other intestinal diseases.
Amoxicillin is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby and is generally considered to be safe for use during pregnancy. Do not, however, take amoxicillin without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.
Additionally, this medication can also pass into breast milk. Although serious problems have not been reported, rarely, amoxicillin may cause a yeast infection, diarrhea, or an allergic reaction in a nursing infant, although no serious harm is expected. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are a lactating mother.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule.
Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Possible side effects from using amoxicillin may include:
Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
mild nausea vomiting
white patches on the tongue (thrush/ yeast infection)
itching or discharge of the vagina (vaginal yeast infection)
‘hairy’ tongue or sore mouth
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
jaw, neck, and back muscle spasms
severe or bloody diarrhea
shortness of breath
closing of the throat
swelling of the lips, face, or tongue
unusual bleeding or bruising
What storage conditions are needed for this medicine?
Always store the capsules and tablets at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children.
Moreover, keep the liquid medication in the refrigerator, tightly closed, and throw away any unused medication after 14 days. Do not freeze.
Please remember to throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed.
In case of an emergency/overdose
In the case of an overdose, call your local poison control center on 1-800-222-1222. However, if the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, please call your local emergency services on 911.
Symptoms of overdose may include:
pain or twitching
pain in the fingers or toes
loss of feeling in the fingers or toes
PICTURES OF AMOXICILLIN PILLS
Below you will find images and specific information on the principal types of amoxicillin that exist, including their respective brand name(s), strength, inscription codes and manufacturers.
The information below includes general information and guidelines for patients taking this medication and should never be used to substitute professional medical advice that can be provided by a qualified physician or family doctor.
Strength(s): 125 MG
Imprint: RX 514
Strength(s): 125 MG
Imprint: 93 2267
Manufacturer: TEVA USA
Strength(s): 200 MG
Imprint: AMOXIL 200