Amoxicillin belongs to the drug class called penicillin. So, it is used to fight bacteria in the body. It can relieve the symptoms of several conditions and diseases including bronchitis, ear infections, gonorrhoea, pneumonia, skin infections, tonsillitis, urinary tract infections and others not included in this list.
Ingestion will depend on what formulation you have: chewable tablet, capsule, liquid or oral pediatric drops. Usually, Amoxicillin is taken three times a day with regular eight hour intervals. Make sure you follow the prescription label and your doctor. This means that you cannot adjust your dosage without further instructions from your doctor. The pediatric drops, after careful measuring, may be mixed with a cold liquid, such as formula or juice, to help disguise the taste. The chewable tablet must be thoroughly crushed or chewed before swallowed. Make sure that you continue with your prescription even if you feel some improvement in your condition.
Inform your doctor about any medical condition that you have, especially if you have kidney, intestinal or stomach disease. Also consult with your doctor if you are allergic to penicillin or cephalosporin. Inform him if you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant or are breastfeeding. The drug is not expected to harm the unborn child but it can pass to breast milk. So, it is best to tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding.
Do not double dose unless given the go signal by your doctor. This means only take a missed dose if it the next scheduled dose is not nearly due.
A possible serious side effect of Amoxicillin is bloody or severed diarrhea accompanied by abdominal cramps. Serious side effects may include bleeding, unsual bruising, allergic reaction and seizures. Immediately seek medical help if you experience any of the mentioned symptoms. Other less serious side effects include abdominal pain, vaginal discharge, sore mouth, white or black tongue, mild nausea or diarrhea and vomiting.
Keep tablets and capsules away from heat and direct light or moisture. Put Amoxicillin in liquid form in the freezer to prevent breaking down. Keep any medicine away from the reach of children and dispose of expired medication.
If you overdose on Amoxillin, you may either feel pain or lose sensation in the fingers or toes, feel muscle weakness or spasm, experience seizures, twitching, agitation and confusion and even become comatose. Seek medical help at once.
Use other means of contraception while taking Amoxil as the drug may decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills.