Amoxycillin is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. It is effective in infections of the throat, ear, nasal sinuses, respiratory tract (e.g., pneumonia), urinary tract, skin and soft tissue, and typhoid fever.
Additionally, Amoxycillin helps to eliminate a bacteria known as H. pylori in people with peptic ulcer disease. It is a broad-spectrum antibiotic that fights and stops the growth of many types of bacteria. This medicine is best taken with a meal to reduce the chance of a stomach upset. You should take it regularly at evenly spaced intervals as per the schedule prescribed by your doctor. Taking it at the same time every day will help you to remember to take it.
Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Stopping the medicine too early may lead to the infection returning or worsening. The total duration of treatment and precise dosage will be decided by your doctor, depending on the type of infection that you have and how well you respond to the medication.
Before taking this medicine, inform your doctor if you are allergic to penicillin or any penicillin-type of medicine. Rash, vomiting, allergic reactions, nausea, and diarrhea may be seen as side effects in some patients. These are temporary and usually resolve quickly. Consult your doctor if any of these side effects persist or if your condition worsens. This medicine is generally regarded as safe to use during pregnancy if used under a doctor’s supervision.
USES OF AMOXYCILLIN
Bacterial infections are caused by bacteria, a kind of microorganisms that are made of only one cell. Bacteria live in all kinds of the environment including extreme hot and cold conditions. Millions of bacteria are present in the environment around us, on our body and inside it.
Bacteria are both harmful and useful to us. In fact, only a small number of bacteria are responsible for illnesses. Many are beneficial, such as those involved in immunity, digestion, and production of antibiotics and food products.
BENEFITS OF AMOXYCILLIN
In Bacterial infections
Amoxycillin is a versatile antibiotic medicine which can be used to treat many different infections caused by bacteria. These include infections of the blood, brain, lungs, bones, joints, urinary tract, stomach and intestines. It can also be used to treat gum ulcers and other dental infections (abscesses), leg ulcers and pressure sores. It works by stopping the growth of the bacteria causing the infection.
This medicine usually makes you feel better quite quickly. However, you should continue taking it as long as it is prescribed even when you feel better, to make sure that all bacteria are killed and do not become resistant. This medicine is generally safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding, but you should ask your doctor.
SIDE EFFECTS OF AMOXYCILLIN
Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them.
Common side effects of Amoxycillin:
- Allergic reaction
HOW TO USE AMOXYCILLIN
Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Amoxycillin may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.
HOW AMOXYCILLIN WORKS
Amoxycillin is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by preventing them from forming the bacterial protective covering (cell wall) which is needed for them to survive.
Consuming alcohol with Amoxycillin does not cause any harmful side effects.
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Amoxycillin is generally considered safe to use during pregnancy. Animal studies have shown low or no adverse effects to the developing baby; however, there are limited human studies.
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Amoxycillin is safe to use during breastfeeding. Human studies suggest that the drug does not pass into the breastmilk in a significant amount and is not harmful to the baby.
Amoxycillin may cause side effects which could affect your ability to drive.
Amoxycillin can have side effects and the symptoms (such as allergic reactions, dizziness and convulsions) may make you unfit to drive.
Amoxycillin should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Amoxycillin may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of this medicine is not recommended in patients with severe kidney disease.
Amoxycillin should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Amoxycillin may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Regular monitoring of liver function tests is recommended while you are taking this medicine.