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Amoxicillin is a commonly used penicillin antibiotic used for the purpose of fighting bacterial infections and is present in a number of different brands including Amoxil, Moxatag, Amoxicot, DisperMox, and Trimox. It is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections such as chest infections, including pneumonia, and can also be used to treat dental abscesses.
Amoxicillin can also be used with another antibiotic, clarithromycin, in the treatment of stomach ulcers, such as the Helicobacter pylori infection, and can also be used with lansoprazole to reduce stomach acid. Available in the form of capsules or as a liquid, Amoxicillin is sometimes also given by injection, but only in a hospital environment. Amoxicillin is also a commonly prescribed antibiotic for children in the treatment of chest infections and ear infections.
What Is Amoxicillin Prescribed For?
Amoxicillin is prescribed as a treatment for bacterial infections, as opposed to viral infections. Predominantly, Amoxicillin is prescribed for different types of infections that include the following:
- Sinus infections.
- Chest infections
- Ear infections
- Urine infections
- Some forms of dental infections, such as abscesses
Additionally, Amoxicillin can be prescribed to prevent an infection from occurring if the individual is at particular risk of getting infections. Amoxicillin can also be prescribed to get rid of the bacterial infection Helicobacter pylori, which is often found in people that experience duodenal stomach ulcers, but will also be prescribed additional medications alongside it.
It is important to note that this type of medicine does not work for viral infections, for example, the common cold and flu.
How Does Amoxicillin Work?
Amoxicillin is an antibiotic that belongs to a specific class of drugs known as beta-lactams, which work by binding proteins and inhibiting specific processes inside the bacterial cells, also known as inhibiting cell wall biosynthesis. This reaction causes the cell walls to break down and destroys the bacteria inside. Amoxicillin begins to work very quickly after being taken by a patient, usually within 1 and 2 hours but the effects are not typically felt until a day or so later.
What Are the Side Effects of Amoxicillin?
Like all types of medicines, Amoxicillin can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. There are common side effects, which include the following:
- Nausea or feeling sick
If you experience the side effects, it is recommended to continue to take the medicine, however, you should speak to your doctor if these side effects do not go away or bother you. There are more serious side effects which are rare, and include the following:
- Discolored urine and stools
- Diarrhea or stomach cramps that contain blood or mucus, or severe diarrhea that persists for more than 4 days
- Skin rash with circular red patches
- Bruising or changes in the color of the skin
- Muscle pain or joint pain that begins 2 days after taking the medicine
Some of these side effects can occur up to 2 months after finishing the course of Amoxicillin. Additionally, people can have an allergic reaction to Amoxicillin, which is predominantly mild and usually in the form of skin rash, which can be treated by taking antihistamines, but in rare cases, Amoxicillin can cause anaphylactic shock.
For more detailed information about Amoxicillin, you can refer to the following sources:
- Amoxil prescription label, Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Amoxicillin, Drugs.com.
- Amoxicillin, MedlinePlus.
- Amoxicillin, U.S. National Library of Medicine.
The content on this page has been medically reviewed for accuracy and comprehensiveness by Amy Dougherty, FNP-BC, AGAC
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Frequently asked questions
Can you get Amoxicillin over-the-counter (OTC)?
Amoxicillin is not available as an over-the-counter medication in the United States and is a prescription drug, meaning that only a doctor can prescribe it for you.
Can you get an Amoxicillin prescription online?
Amoxicillin is an antibiotic and can only be prescribed by a medical professional.
How to take Amoxicillin?
Amoxicillin can come in the form of a capsule, pills, chewable pills, and as a suspension to be consumed orally.
What to avoid while taking Amoxicillin?
If you are prescribed Amoxicillin, certain types of medicines can interact with it. It is important to inform your doctor about all the medications you are currently taking, including over-the-counter medicines, herbal supplements, and vitamins.
What is the standard prescription for Amoxicillin?
The typical dosage of Amoxicillin is calculated according to body weight. In capsule form, it is between 250 mg and 500 mg for anybody weighing over 40 kg, however, the dose may be lower for children. It is usually taken either twice a day every 12 hours, or 3 times a day every 8 hours, and can be taken with or without food. The length of the treatment will depend on the nature of the infection.
How do I get an online prescription for Amoxicillin?
To get an online prescription for Amoxicillin you will have to set up an account with us, download the DrHouse app and make an on-demand visit with one of our board-certified clinicians.