Amoxicillin (Oral)

Amoxicillin (By Mouth)

Amoxicillin (am-OKS-i-sil-in)

Treats infections. This medicine is a penicillin antibiotic.

Brand Name(s):
Amoxil, Amoxil Pediatric, Prevpac, Trimox, Moxilin, Amoxicot, DisperMox
There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to any type of penicillin.

How to Use This Medicine:

Tablet, Capsule, Chewable Tablet, Liquid, Tablet for Suspension

     
  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to take and how often. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than your doctor tells you to.  
  • You may take this medicine with food or milk if it upsets your stomach.  
  • The chewable tablet must be chewed before you swallow it. You may crush the tablet and mix the medicine with a small amount of food if that makes it easier to swallow.  
  • Shake the oral liquid well just before each use. Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup.  
  • You can mix the oral liquid with baby formula, milk, fruit juice, water, or other cold drinks.  
  • Place the tablet for suspension in a small drinking glass, and add about two teaspoonfuls of water to the glass. Do not use any other liquid. Use only water. Gently stir or swirl the water in the glass until the tablet is completely dissolved. Drink all of this mixture right away. To make sure you get all of the medicine, add some more water to the drinking glass, then drink all of this water, too.  
  • Do not chew or swallow the tablet for suspension. The tablet will not dissolve in your mouth.  
  • Keep using this medicine for the full treatment time, even if you feel better after the first few doses. Your infection may not clear up if you stop using the medicine too soon.

If a dose is missed:

     
  • If you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose.  
  • Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:

     
  • Store the tablets,capsules,or tablets for suspension at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.  
  • Store the oral liquid in the refrigerator. Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after 14 days.  
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.  
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and never share your medicine with anyone.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

     
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using probenecid (Benemidreg;).  
  • Birth control pills, implants, or shots may not work while you are using amoxicillin. To keep from getting pregnant, use another form of birth control such as condoms, a diaphragm, or contraceptive foam or jelly.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

     
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have asthma, allergies, diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, or PKU (phenylketonuria). Tell your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a cephalosporin antibiotic (such as cefaclor, cefadroxil, cephalexin, Ceftinreg;, Keflexreg;).  
  • If you have severe diarrhea, ask your doctor before taking any medicine to stop the diarrhea.  
  • This medicine may affect the results of certain medical tests used by diabetics.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

     
  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in face or hands, swelling or tingling in the mouth or throat, tightness in chest, trouble breathing  
  • Blistering, peeling, red skin rash  
  • Decrease in how much or how often you urinate  
  • Fever, chills, joint pain, swelling  
  • Diarrhea (may be watery or contain blood)  
  • Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

     
  • Feeling restless, agitated, or excited  
  • Nausea, vomiting  
  • Vaginal itching or discharge

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Revision date: June 20, 2011
Last revised: by Andrew G. Epstein, M.D.

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