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What is amoxicillin?

Amoxicillin, also known by brand names like Amoxil, Dispermox and Trimox, is a penicillin antibiotic that is effective in fighting bacteria in the body. It has actually been shown to be an improvement on penicillin in treating certain conditions, and has also been paired with another antibiotic called clarithromycin to treat specific conditions.

Amoxicillin doesn't actually kill bacteria, but rather fights it off by halting its reproduction and preventing it from building protective walls. It can be taken with food or on an empty stomach, and is available in capsules, tablets (chewable and non-chewable), powdered tablets drop and extended release tablets, at dosages prescribed by a doctor.

Uses for Amoxicillin

Amoxicillin is used to fight bacterial infections, including H. influenzae, N. gonorrhea, Streptococci, Pneumococci, E. coli and specific forms of Staphylococci. It is also used in the treatment of tooth infections, bite wounds, bladder infections, ear infections and upper respiratory infections.

Possible Side Effects of Amoxicillin

Side effects of amoxicillin include diarrhea, vomiting and nausea. Serious side effects include bloody stools, dark urine, fever, chills, persistent sore throat, confusion, seizures, severe diarrhea, stomach pain or cramps, unexplained bruising or bleeding, yellowing of the skin or eyes and vaginal discharge or vaginal irritation. If serious side effects occur, patients are advised to seek medical help immediately.

Allergic reactions to amoxicillin may present with itching, rash and hives, difficulty breathing, tightness of the chest or swelling of the face, lips, tongue or mouth.

Important note: Patients are not advised to use amoxicillin and birth control pills concurrently. Talk to your doctor about other forms of birth control if you are prescribed amoxicillin.

Warnings About Amoxicillin

The information listed here regarding amoxicillin is for reference purposes only, and should not be used in place of medical advice. Always consult a doctor before introducing a new medication into your health regimen for correct dosage and treatment information, proper monitoring and further side effects or possible interactions with other medications.

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