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Amoxicillin is an antibiotic used for fighting bacterial infections. The major diseases for which amoxicillin is generally recommended are throat infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, gonorrhea, and other infections in the ear, nose, skin and the urinary tract. Amoxicillin is a part of penicillin group of antibiotics. If administered with another antibiotic clarithromycin, it can also treat stomach ulcers and pylori infections.
Amoxicillin in available in the form of tablets, capsules, chewable tablets, and suspension liquid and pediatric drops for kids. It should be taken strictly as prescribed by the medical practitioner. It is generally prescribed for 2-3 times a day for 5 to 7 days depending upon the intensity of the infection. Deviating from the doctor’s advice and overdoses of amoxicillin may harm the patient. If a dose is missed, no double doses should be taken at a time to make up for the missed one.
Precautions before taking amoxicillin
Before starting doses of amoxicillin one must tell the doctor if he is allergic to any of the penicillin group of antibiotics. Allergies to any other medicines must also be informed to the doctor before taking amoxicillin so that the doctor can adjust the doses and keep watch accordingly. If you are taking any other medicine at present then this should be brought to the notice of the doctor so that he can check for possible reactions of those medicines with amoxicillin. If you have a present or a past history of liver disease, Kidney disease, asthma, hay fever, blood clotting disorder or any other form of allergy then it should also be informed to the doctor. If a lady is pregnant or taking birth control pills or are breast feeding a baby then amoxicillin should be avoided. Sometimes, it makes the birth control pills less effective which may result in pregnancy or it may pass into breast milk thus harming the baby who is being nursed. Under all these situations the doctor must
be well informed in advance.
As common with antibiotics, amoxicillin may also cause side effects to the patient. The most common side effects are diarrhea, vomiting, stomach upset, headache, vaginal itching or discharge. These are the common side effects which may not have a serious impact. The other side effects of a more serious nature which may occur in some patients are skin rashes of a severe nature, black out before the eyes in form of seizures, excessive tiredness, unusual bleeding, less urination, unusual behavior etc. Although these are less common but if any of these symptoms occur then the doctor must be consulted immediately.
Amoxicillin is used since decades for cure of bacterial infections, but nowadays with more and more research, other new formulations are coming up and amoxicillin is losing its sheen due to its vulnerability to side effects and decreased potency in