Amoxil is an antibiotic medication that is utilized to treat a variety of bacterial infections, including:
- urinary tract
- H. pylori, a bacteria known to cause ulcers.
As a member of the penicillin-like class of antibiotics, amoxicillin operates by inhibiting the growth and reproduction of bacteria. Antibiotics, including Amoxicillin, are not effective against viral infections such as colds and flu. Misuse of antibiotics can lead to an increased risk of developing infections that are resistant to treatment.
Uses and Dosage
Amoxicillin is available in various forms, the recommended dosage frequency is every 12 hours (twice daily) or every 8 hours (three times daily) with or without food, as determined by the individual’s infection type.
Maintain consistent dosing times and to strictly follow the instructions indicated on the prescription label. Any confusion or questions should be addressed to a physician or pharmacist. To ensure optimal efficacy, take amoxicillin precisely as prescribed, avoiding excessive or reduced consumption.
Chewable tablets should be fully crushed or chewed before swallowing. Tablets and capsules should be ingested whole with a full glass of water, without crushing or chewing.
An improvement in symptoms is expected within the initial few days of amoxicillin treatment. If there is no improvement or a worsening of symptoms, consult a physician. The full course of amoxicillin treatment must be completed, even if the symptoms have improved, to prevent the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Amoxicillin can induce adverse reactions. In the event that any of the following symptoms persist or worsen, it is recommended to consult with a physician:
- changes in taste
Potential side effects of a severe nature may occur. Should you exhibit any of these symptoms, immediately discontinue the administration of amoxicillin and seek medical attention.
- skin blisters or peeling
- difficulty swallowing or breathing
- swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, and eyes
- severe diarrhea (watery or bloody stools)
If you or your child do not see an improvement in symptoms within a few days or if symptoms worsen, consult with your physician.
Anaphylaxis, a serious allergic reaction, may occur and requires prompt medical attention. Should you or your child exhibit the following symptoms, immediately contact your doctor:
- skin rash
- shortness of breath
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- swelling in the hands, face, mouth, or throat
Diarrhea, in some cases severe, may present 2 months or more after discontinuation of the medication. Prior to administering any treatment for diarrhea, consult with your doctor. If you have questions regarding persistent or worsening mild diarrhea, seek medical consultation.
Prior to undergoing any medical tests, inform the responsible physician of your or your child’s medication regimen as results of certain tests may be impacted.
In some pediatric patients, discoloration of teeth may occur while on this medication, manifesting as brown, yellow, or gray stains. To mitigate this, regularly brush and floss teeth or schedule dental cleanings.
Utilize alternative forms of birth control in conjunction with birth control pills as efficacy may be diminished while taking this medication. Alternate forms include condoms, diaphragms, contraceptive foam or jelly.
Only medicate with substances that have been discussed with your doctor, including prescription and over-the-counter medications and herbal or dietary supplements.
Form and Strength
Amoxil is available in the following forms and strengths:
Will consuming alcohol cause Amoxil to be ineffective?
Amoxicillin doesn’t interact with alcohol. Your doctor may still recommend that you limit alcohol consumption while taking amoxicillin. This is because amoxicillin may cause digestive side effects, or it could make any digestive side effects that you experience more severe.
How long will it take for Amoxil to make me feel better?
Efficacy will depend on infection type and severity, however most patients notice improvement within 2-3 days.