Amoxil is a penicillin antibiotic that is used for a large variety of bacterial infections. The active ingredient is amoxicillin which is supplied as tablets, capsules, chewable tablets, and a powder for oral solution. This drug will not cure any viral infection such as flu or a cold.
Your doctor will determine the correct dose for you. Always carry out your doctor's instructions regarding dosage.
Amoxil is usually taken every 8 to 10 hours. While using this medication drink lots of fluids.
Make sure your dose is taken at regular intervals to make sure that your body is receiving a constant supply of this antibiotic.
You must take the full course of Amoxil even if you are feeling better. If you stop too soon the bacteria can continue growing and you will be at risk of a bad relapse.
Do not use Amoxil if you are allergic to cephalosporin or penicillin antibiotics. Tell your doctor if you have any other allergies.
Make sure your doctor has a good knowledge of your medical history. In addition, tell your doctor if you are using any type of herbal remedies, or if you use any medications on prescription or ones that are available without a prescription.
If you have kidney disease, tell your doctor.
Because Amoxil passes through the kidneys, elderly patients could be more sensitive to Amoxil and may need a reduced dose.
Unless it is absolutely necessary, pregnant women should not use Amoxil. Your doctor will discuss this in more detail. Amoxil can contaminate breast milk therefore you will need to discuss this risk with your doctor.
When you first begin taking Amoxil you may experience diarrhea, nausea or vomiting. If these symptoms continue speak to your doctor.
Report to your doctor if you have any of these serious side effects: persistent vomiting or nausea, stomach pain, dark urine, unusual bleeding or bruising, jaundice, fever, or a persistent sore throat.
In very rare cases, Amoxil may cause a serious intestine condition called pseudomembranous colitis. This is caused by bacteria that become resistant to medication. This condition usually occurs in the weeks or months after treatment with the antibiotic. Symptoms will include severe abdominal cramping, persistent diarrhea, or blood or mucus in stools. If these symptoms occur, do not use any anti-diarrhea medications. Call your doctor immediately.
Long term use of Amoxil can cause vaginal yeast infections or oral thrush. If you notice a change in vaginal discharge or white patches in your mouth or throat, call your doctor.
Although unlikely, some people may have an allergic reaction to Amoxil. Contact your doctor urgently if you have trouble breathing, or if you are very dizzy, or if you break out in itchy hives or a rash.
Amoxil may cause a mild rash which is not serious. But there is a chance that the rash could be linked to an allergic reaction, so make sure you refer any type of rash to your doctor.
Amoxil may be associated with additional side effects that have not been highlighted in this guide. Report any unusual symptoms to your doctor.
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