What is Amoxicillin used for?
Amoxicillin is a penicillin antibiotic that works to fight bacteria. Amoxicillin is used in the treatment in many different types of infection caused by bacteria. This includes bronchitis, tonsillitis, gonorrhea, pneumonia, and infections of the nose, throat, skin, urinary tract, or ear.
Amoxicillin can also be used together with another antibiotic (clarithromycin) to treat stomach ulcers that are caused by helicobacter pylori infection. This combination is used with a stomach acid reducer called Prevacid.
Frequently Asked Questions About Amoxicillin
In order to properly benefit from amoxicillin you must use it exactly as instructed by your doctor. Follow all of the direction on your prescription. Do not take more or less of this medication than your doctor tells you to. Take amoxicillin at the same time daily.
If you use the Moxatag brand of amoxicillin you should take it with food, or within 1 hour after eating a meal.
Some forms of amoxicillin can be taken either with or without food. Check your medication label to see if you should take your medication with food.
Before measuring a dose of the liquid medication you may need to shake well. Read and follow the directions on the label.
When you take the liquid form of amoxicillin measure the dose with the syringe provided, or with a special medicine cup or spoon. Ask your pharmacist for one if you don’t already have one. You can place the liquid on the tongue directly, or you can mix it with milk, fruit juice, baby formula, ginger ale, or water. Drink the whole mixture immediately, do not save any for future use.
The chewable tablet must be chewed before swallowing. Never chew, break, or crush an extended release tablet. Swallow it whole.
If you use amoxicillin over a long period of time, your doctor may order blood tests as well as tests to check your liver and kidney function.
If you take amoxicillin with lansoprazole or clarithromycin to treat stomach ulcers, use all of the medications as directed by your doctor. Use amoxicillin for the full prescribed length of time. Even if you feel better, your infection may not be completely cleared. Missing doses can lead to a further infection or an infection that is resistant to antibiotics. Amoxicillin won’t treat a viral infection such as the common cold or the flu.
Drug interactions can change how your medications work or might increase your risk of side effects. Your doctor has the most complete information about the different kinds of drug interactions and how to avoid them.
The following medications interact with amoxicillin:
This is not a complete list of drug interactions. Therefore you should give your doctor a list of the prescription, non-prescription, and herbal products you use so they can properly watch out for drug interactions. If you have any questions you should talk to your doctor or call us at 1-844-416-4282 and ask to be transferred to a pharmacist for counselling.
Along with the needed effects of amoxicillin, it can also cause unwanted side effects. You will not experience all of these side effects, but some, if they occur, need medical attention.
If you experience the following, check with your doctor immediately:
Incidence Not Known
- Blood in the urine
- Bloody nose
- Chest pain
- Clay-colored stools
- Difficulty with breathing
- General body swelling
- Heavier menstrual periods
- Hives or welts
- Increased thirst
- Inflammation of the joints
- Muscle aches
- Nausea or vomiting
- Painful or difficult urination
- Pale skin
- Red, irritated eyes
- Swollen, lymph glands
- Tightness in the chest
- Unpleasant breath odor
- Unusual weight loss
- Vomiting of blood
- Watery or bloody diarrhea
- Yellow eyes or skin
Some side effects do not require medical attention. These will usually go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medication. Also, your health care professional might be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent these symptoms.
The following side effects are minor:
- Bad, unusual, or unpleasant (after) taste
- Change in taste
Incidence Not Known
- Black, hairy tongue
- Trouble with sleeping
- Unable to sleep
- White patches with diaper rash
This is not a complete list of side effects and you may experience some that are unlisted. If you do, call your doctor immediately. If you have questions about side effects you can call us at 1-844-416-4282 and ask to be transferred to a pharmacist for counselling.
DISCLAIMER: The following information is meant to educate those who want to buy amoxicillin online and is not meant as a replacement for medical advice. Always talk to your doctor if you have questions about your medications, condition, or treatment. Do not ignore medical advice or delay in seeking it out because of the information provided here.