Amoxil (amoxicillin)

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Amoxil {GlaxoSmithKline}

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amoxicillin, pronounced am OX i sil in

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The information contained in this drug guide is intended as an educational resource only. This guide is not exhaustive and does not contain all available information about this drug.This guide is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatment.

The information provided in this guide does not replace the need for the advice and services of medical professionals or the need for medical examination. Always talk to your physician or pharmacist before taking any prescription medication or over the counter drugs (including any supplements) or before making any changes to your treatment. Only your doctor, nurse or pharmacist can provide you with safe and effective advice regarding your drug treatment.

The use of the information in this guide is at your sole risk. This information is provided "AS IS" with no warranties to accuracy or timeliness.

**All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

What is Amoxil?

Amoxil is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections like bladder infections, earinfections, gonorrhea and pneumonia. You may be prescribed Amoxil along with the antibioticBiaxin to treat stomach ulcers that are caused by Helicobacter pylori infection.

Amoxil may also be used for reasons not stated in this medication guide.

 

Key Facts About Amoxil

You should not take Amoxil if you are allergic to other penicillin antibiotics like ampicillin(Principen, Unasyn), dicloxacillin (Dycill, Dynapen), oxacillin (Bactocill), ticarcillinpenicillin (Bicillin L-A, PC Pen VK, Pfizerpen) or ticarcillin (Timentin).

Amoxil is in FDA pregnancy category B. Amoxil is not known to harm an unborn baby. You shouldtell your doctor if you are pregnant, or if you plan to become pregnant before you start to takeAmoxil. You should not use Amoxil without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby,as Amoxil passes into breast milk.

Amoxil may cause diarrhea during treatment. This may be a side effect or the sign of apossible new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, you should stop takingAmoxil right away and call your doctor. Do not use any anti-diarrhea medications unless yourdoctor tells you to.

 

Before You Take Amoxil

If you are allergic to amoxicillin or other penicillin antibiotics like ampicillin (Principen,Unasyn), dicloxacillin (Dycill, Dynapen), oxacillin (Bactocill), penicillin (Bicillin L-A, PC PenVK, Pfizerpen) or ticarcillin (Timentin) you should not take Amoxil.

If you are allergic to cephalosporins like Ceftin, Keflex or Omnicef you should tell yourdoctor before starting treatment with Amoxil.

Tell your doctor if you have kidney disease or are on dialysis or if you have a bleeding orblood clotting disorder before taking Amoxil.

If you have asthma you should tell your doctor before taking Amoxil.

Tell your doctor if you have liver disease or mononucleosis {mono} before you begin takingAmoxil.

The chewable tablets of Amoxil may contain phenylalanine. Tell your doctor if you havephenylketonuria (PKU) and are prescribed the chewable form of Amoxil.

Amoxil may make birth control pills less effective. If you are using birth control pills andtaking Amoxil you should ask your doctor about using another method of birth control, like acondom, diaphragm or spermicide.

 

Amoxil Drug Interactions

You should inform your doctor if you are taking any of the following:

  • antibiotics like azithromycin (Zithromax), clarithromycin (Biaxin), erythromycin (E.E.S.,EryPed) and telithromycin (Ketek)
  • blood thinners like warfarin (Coumadin)
  • probenecid (Benemid)
  • sulfa drugs like Bactrim, Gantrisin, Septra and SMX-TMP
  • tetracycline antibiotics like demeclocycline (Declomycin), doxycycline (Adoxa, Doryx),
    minocycline (Dynacin, Minocin) and tetracycline (Brodspec, Panmycin)

Other drugs you take that are not listed may interact with Amoxil. You should tell your doctorabout all of the medications you use. This includes prescription drugs, vitamins, supplements andherbal products, and over the counter medications. You should not begin taking a new medicationwithout telling your doctor first.

 

Directions for Taking Amoxil

You should take Amoxil exactly as directed by your doctor. It is important that you do nottake Amoxil in larger or smaller amounts, or for longer or shorter than recommended. Follow thedirections on your prescription label and follow any dose changes carefully if your doctorinstructs you to change your dose.

Amoxil may be taken with or without food.

If you are taking the Amoxil oral suspension you must use a special dose-measuring device,such as a special spoon or cup. Do not use a regular table spoon. If you don’t have a specialmeasuring device your pharmacy can give one to you.

If you have been given the Amoxil chewable tablet be sure to chew the tablet completely beforeswallowing it.

You must take Amoxil for the full amount of time your doctor has prescribed for you to takeit. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared, but you still need tocomplete your course of antibiotic treatment. Failure to do so may result in an increased risk offurther infections that are resistant to antibiotics.

You may need to have your blood tested while taking Amoxil to be certain that Amoxil ishelping your condition if you take this medication long-term.

Amoxil needs to be stored at room temperature, and away from light, moisture and heat. Keepyour bottle tightly closed when you are not using it. The liquid Amoxil may be refrigerated buttake care not to let it freeze. Throw away any unused Amoxil liquid after 14 days.

If you miss a dose of Amoxil you should attempt to take the missed dose as soon as youremember. However, if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose do not take the missed dosein addition to your regular dose.

 

Amoxil Side Effects

If you experience any of the following adverse effects you should stop taking Amoxil and seekemergency medical help immediately:

  • allergic reactions such as breathing difficulties, hives, or swelling of your face, lips,throat or tongue
  • easy bleeding or bruising
  • fever with itching, joint pain, rash and swollen glands
  • jaundice symptoms like a yellowing of your skin or eyes, weakness and dark urine
  • muscle weakness with numbness, pain or tingling
  • skin rash that is severe and causes blistering and peeling
  • unusual bleeding, such as from your nose , rectum or vagina
  • white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips

Less serious side effects of Amoxil may include:

  • headache
  • swollen, black, or “hairy” tongue
  • upset stomach with nausea and vomiting
  • vaginal discharge and itching

It should be noted that this is not a complete list of possible side effects of Amoxil. Youshould contact your physician for a complete list and medical advice regarding these effects.

 

Amoxil Description and Dosing

Amoxil is available as 500 mg capsules that have a royal blue opaque cap andpink opaque body. The cap and body of the 500-mg capsule are imprinted with Amoxil and 500.Amoxil is also available as a powder for liquid suspension. Each 5 mL of reconstituted suspensioncontains 250 mg or 400 mg amoxicillin. Pediatric Drops for Oral Suspension are also available ofAmoxil and each mL of reconstituted suspension contains 50 mgamoxicillin.

You should consult your doctor for specific dosing pertaining to you. Do not attempt to alteror change your dose without your physician’s consent.

If you suspect that you have overdosed with Amoxil you should seek emergency helpimmediately.

 

Ingredients in Amoxil

Amoxil is comprised of the main ingredient amoxicillin. The capsules also contain D&C RedNo. 28, FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Red No. 40, gelatin, magnesium stearate and titaniumdioxide. The 5 mL of the 250-mg reconstituted suspension contains 0.15 mEq of sodium and each 5mL of the 400-mg reconstituted suspension contains 0.19 mEq of sodium. The Pediatric Drops forOral Suspension contain the inactive ingredients FD&C Red No. 3, flavorings, silica gel,sodium benzoate, sodium citrate, sucrose and xanthan gum.

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Disclaimer

The information contained in this drug guide is intended as an educational resource only. This guide is not exhaustive and does not contain all available information about this drug.This guide is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatment.

The information provided in this guide does not replace the need for the advice and services of medical professionals or the need for medical examination. Always talk to your physician or pharmacist before taking any prescription medication or over the counter drugs (including any supplements) or before making any changes to your treatment. Only your doctor, nurse or pharmacist can provide you with safe and effective advice regarding your drug treatment.

The use of the information in this guide is at your sole risk. This information is provided "AS IS" with no warranties to accuracy or timeliness.

**All trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.