Amoxicillin is an antibiotic. It is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infection. It can treat infections caused by bacteria sensitive to this drug like:
Conditions that amoxicillin can treat includes:
It is used along with other medications to eliminate H. pylori bacteria that cause an ulcer. It is also used with lansoprazole to help reduce the symptoms of stomach ulcer and acid. It is sometimes used to prevent chlamydia during pregnancy; for the prevention of bacterial infections for newborns; and the heart valve after surgical procedures. This drug will not work against infections due to viruses that cause cold and flu.
Amoxicillin was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the 1980s. It belongs to the class of drug called penicillin-like antibiotic. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria. It prevents the bacteria from forming the cell wall. This kills them and eventually eliminating them.
How to use Amoxicillin?
Take amoxicillin as directed. The typical dose for an adult with mild to moderate infections is 500mg every 12 hours or 250mg every 8 hours. For severe infection, the dose is 875 mg every 12 hours or 500mh every 8 hours. For children older than 3 months of age, the dose is based on their weight. The typical dose is 40mg per kg per day divided into doses every 8 hours.
Take the medication with plenty of water. Continue taking the medication until the prescribed period is finished. Do not stop taking the medication unless directed. Stopping the medication may result in a return of the infections.
What are the side effects of Amoxicillin?
Common side effects are:
Serious side effects are:
Contact your doctor right away in case of serious allergic reactions.
Important Information About Amoxicillin