Amoxycillin is an antibiotic medicine and its dosage depends on age, type of infection, severity of infection and health condition. It should be taken as prescribed by the doctor without skipping any dosage. Continue the complete medicine course even if you feel healthy with no prior symptoms. There can be nausea and vomiting while using this medicine. If this condition becomes worse then immediately report to the doctor. If you are taking any other medicine, then inform your doctor. Never prescribe this medicine to anyone on your own. Use this medicine only on the advice of a doctor. In case of overdosage report to the nearest emergency center
Amoxycillin is an antibiotic medicine that is used to treat infections caused by bacteria. The infection caused by Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, H. Pylori, and E. coli bacteria can be treated by this medicine. It is a penicillin antibiotic. Penicillin is a group of antibiotics that treat a wide range of bacteria. It is the first antibiotic and it was used in the Second World War. It has saved many lives during and after the war. Today we will discuss the Amoxycillin dosage, side effects, and precautions.
Amoxycillin can treat various infections such as infection of ears, throat, nose, and skin, etc. It helps to treat stomach and intestinal ulcers. It destroys the bacterial cell walls and eradicates them. The growth of bacteria is reduced by taking this medicine as prescribed by the doctor. It cannot treat infections caused by viruses such as viral flu. It is recommended in the case of dental problems, bronchitis, and tonsillitis.
The dosage of Amoxycillin varies with the type of infection, age, the severity of infection and health condition. It can be given to children to treat different infections. It can be taken with or without food. Usually, the dosage is taken after every eight or twelve hours. The dosage depends on the infection and its severity; therefore, doctor’s advice is necessary for dosage.
Use this medicine as prescribed by the doctor and complete the course of medication. If the doctor has advised, you to take the medicine for five days then you should take it for five days. If you stop the medicine after seeing some results, then the infection can return. It is necessary to kill the bacteria completely; otherwise, it will grow again. Never miss any dose and try to take the dosage after the prescribed interval without any delay. If you have missed any dose and the delay is less, then you should take the dose. If the time of the next dosage is near, then skip the dose.
To prepare the dose for a child use a measuring syringe. The dosage should not be less or more than the prescribed dosage. Shake well before using suspension.
Availability of Amoxycillin
Amoxycillin is available in,
- Chewable tablets
Suspensions are for children who cannot take capsules and tablets. Shake well before using the suspension. Use measuring syringe to measure the dosage. Do not use a teaspoon for dosage, instead use the marked spoon which comes with the packaging.
Chewable tablets should be chewed properly. Do not swallow it without chewing. It is for those who are uncomfortable with tablets and capsules.
The capsules are found in 250 mg and 500mg, tablets are available in 500mg and 875 mg, chewable tablets are found in 125mg, 200mg, 250mg and 400mg and powder suspension are available in 125mg/5ml, 200mg/5ml, 250mg/5ml and 400mg/5ml.
Amoxycillin Side Effects
You should see a doctor if there is any side effect of the medicine. The Amoxycillin side effects are,
- Diarrhea: It is a loose and watery stool. It dehydrates your body and makes you weak. Immediate doctor’s help should be taken in case of dehydration.
- Nausea: It is the sensation to vomit.
- Itching: It can be at any part of the body even in your private parts. Ask your doctor about this.
- Rashes: There can be abnormal skin color or inflammation. Stop using the medicine and ask your doctor.
- Abdominal pain: It is the pain that is felt between the diaphragm and the pelvic region.
- Difficulty in breathing: If you find any difficulty in breathing then stop the medicine and report to the nearest emergency center.
- Dizziness: It means feeling faint, weak or unsteady.
- Allergic reactions
There are some common Amoxycillin side effects, which are,
But if these common side effects are severe then immediately call a doctor. Do not use anti-diarrhea pills on your own. If the side effect is other than the common, then stop taking medicine and seek a doctor’s help.
The patients who have experienced an allergic reaction in the past with Amoxycillin and any other drug belonging to the penicillin family should not use it. They should inform the doctor about it.
Normally pregnant women can use Amoxycillin and it will not harm the mother and the baby, but it should be taken after consulting the doctor. Breastfeeding women should tell the doctor about breastfeeding. It is safe to take Amoxicillin for breastfeeding women, but consultation with a doctor is necessary. The patients of asthma, kidney disease, liver disease, and gastric problems should tell their condition to the doctor.
Inform your doctor about any other medicine you are taking at the moment. If you are taking supplements or vitamins or herbal medicine, then inform your doctor. Amoxycillin can react with other medicines.
If you have taken the overdose and you are seeing negative or adverse results, then seek doctor’s help immediately or visit the nearest emergency center.
Storage and Expiration:
Amoxycillin suspension comes in powder form and it is mixed with distilled water before serving. The prepared suspension needs to be stored in the refrigerator. The refrigerated suspension works effectively. The powdered form of suspension has an expiration date of nearly two years but once the suspension is prepared with water, it should be discarded within 14 days.
The tablets and capsules can be stored in room temperature. It also has an expiration date of nearly two years.
Never take expired amoxycillin because its effectiveness degrades after expiration. Its smell, color or taste may change after the expiration date.