Amoxicillin is a prescription antibiotic medication that is often prescribed for the treatment of such diseases as pneumonia, chest infections, urinary tract infections and ear infections.
It can be prescribed both to adults and children. Taking this medicine is not contraindicated to pregnant and breastfeeding women.
The drug can be used in the form of a liquid, as well as in the form of capsules. Patients in hospitals can receive Amoxicillin in the form of injections.
The effect of the drug is usually observed in a few days after the beginning of the treatment with Amoxicillin, and the patients experience some improvement in their symptoms.
Amoxicillin in a liquid form can contribute to the occurrence of the teeth plaque, but it doesn’t harm the teeth and it is easy to get rid of.
Before using this medication, you should consult your doctor, as it has some contraindications.
Tell your doctor if you have been recently vaccinated or will be given any kind of injection, if you are allergic to any drugs or substances and if you have any liver diseases. In these cases, the drug Amoxicillin may be inappropriate for your treatment.
How to Take
Typically, the daily dosage of Amoxicillin is divided into 3 doses, which are taken during the daily time. The total daily dosage is set by the doctor and may include 250-500 mg of the medication. Children's dosage is different from the dosage for adults and it is usually lower.
The time of taking the antibiotic drug is determined by the doctor. You should not stop taking Amoxicillin without the doctor’s advice, even if you have already felt some symptoms improvement.
The drug is taken regardless of having meals.
If Amoxicillin capsules have been prescribed to you, then they should be taken whole with a certain amount of water. Do not chew or bite the capsules.
The liquid form of the drug is available with a special measuring spoon or syringe and is taken in accordance with the prescribed dosage.
If for some reason you forgot taking the medicine at the right time, then you should take it according to the plan, skipping the forgotten dosage. Do not take two doses of Amoxicillin at once.
Set a reminder on your phone if you often forget about the medication intakes.
Side Effects when Taking Amoxicillin
Like many other drugs, Amoxicillin can cause some adverse reactions.
Common side effects are quite mild. You should not stop using the medicine if you get mild nausea or diarrhea, as these symptoms are not serious.
Serious side effects include: severe skin rash; joint pain; discoloration of the skin and bruising; prolonged diarrhea with blood, followed by cramping and pain; dark urine and yellowing of the whites of the eyes (it usually indicates a problem with the liver). If you experience any of serious side effects, you should immediately seek medical help.
In some cases, adverse reactions and the symptoms of allergy can occur several weeks after taking Amoxicillin.
Pregnancy and Lactation during Amoxicillin Intake
Taking the Amoxicillin medicine is not forbidden to pregnant women and the women, who are breastfeeding a baby. However, you should warn your doctor before starting the treatment about your pregnancy or breastfeeding.
During the treatment period, inform the doctor about any changes in your health and the symptoms that you experience.
In the period of taking Amoxicillin, drink much water and try to eat proper nutrition. Avoid eating spicy and fatty foods. It will help to alleviate the occurrence of such common side effects as nausea and diarrhea.