Amoxicillin is one of the most well-known antibiotics on the market today and is very effective against fighting infections. Amoxicillin is in the penicillin drug group which is known for its effectiveness in fighting against bacteria. Infections such as gonorrhea, bronchitis, urinary tract infection, skin infections and tonsillitis can be treated by using Amoxicillin. Your primary care physician may recommend this medication in other cases as well. Please consult your doctor in regards to the appropriate use and amount of this drug in each particular case.
How Amoxicillin Should Be Taken
Amoxicillin may be taken by mouth in either tablet form, drops or capsules. It is usually recommended to take no more than 3 times a day in 8 hour intervals, which in most cases is enough to fight the majority of bacterial infections. Your doctor though may prescribe you a different dosage if needed. In any case, before taking this drug, be sure to read through the instructions of the medication carefully. The dosage amount of Amoxicillin is very important, as it influences the effectiveness of treatment and the level of side effects. Don't forget to shake the liquid bottle if you use are using this medication in liquid drop form. Use the special dropper provided to give the proper dose. This method is very convenient for children (you can add Amoxicillin in droplet form to their favorite drinks, even milk, or directly into the mouth). If you use a tablet, first crush it or chew it. Capsules can be simply swallowed with water.
Be sure you finished your prescribed dosage course; otherwise the bacteria may strengthen and become more immune to Amoxicillin in the future. Keeping to the prescribed dosage will also help in lessening any side effects that may occur because of usage.
Missed Dosages of Amoxicillin
If you forgot to take your prescribed dose on time, then don't try to catch up by double dosing or taking a dosage before the next recommended time. Simply follow the schedule that was prescribed to you by your doctor and take your dosage of Amoxicillin according to the schedule given. Overdosing or double dosing may cause additional allergic reactions and other side effects. Try to keep to your prescribed schedule as you will decrease the possibility of side effects significantly.
Make sure that your personal physician knows your medical history before you take Amoxicillin. This is very important due to the fact that Amoxicillin can cause severe allergic reactions. Stomach diseases and kidney problems should also be taken into consideration when taking this medication. It is generally believed that Amoxicillin can be taken during pregnancy without causing any harm to either the mother or baby. Never the less you should first check with your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning on becoming pregnant before you take Amoxicillin. It is very important to note that Amoxicillin can pass through breast milk. Although it seems not to harm infants, still there have been cases of unserious side effects to babies because of Amoxicillin such as diarrhea and allergic reactions.
Possible Side Effects
Like most prescription drugs, there are side effects associated with the use of Amoxicillin. There are two categories of side effects that can occur when taking this medication. The first group of side effects are serious and life threatening therefore if any of these occur while taking Amoxicillin then the use of this drug should be stopped and immediate medical attention should be administered. If you suffer from any of the following side effects during treatment with Amoxicillin, immediately call your doctor or local emergency center to make sure that you get help. Such side effects of Amoxicillin include difficulty breathing, swelling of face or mouth, seizures, bleeding or bruising. Other severe side effects can also occur. The second group is side effects that occur more often and are less serious. You should still consult your doctor if you notice any of the following conditions. Such side effects of Amoxicillin include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, slight itching, and some others. If your doctor confirms that it is okay to continue taking your medication then continue with caution but do not forget that other side effects can occur suddenly during your course of treatment.
First and foremost it is very important to keep Amoxicillin and all other medications away from children. Choose a dry and cool place to store this medication. Bathrooms and kitchen are not the best places. Moisture can cause Amoxicillin to go bad and it will lose all its useful properties. Direct sun light or artificial light can lead to the same result. It is especially important for capsules. Oral liquid is better off when stored in the refrigerator. Heat is especially dangerous to this form of Amoxicillin. Freezing is not allowed. Mind the expiration date and make sure you have checked and followed the directions on the label of the medication.
Overdose of Amoxicillin
If you suffer from an overdose of Amoxicillin get emergency medical attention immediately. The usual overdosing symptoms include swelling, spasms, loss of feeling in different parts of your body twitching, seizures, being agitated, loss of consciousness or a coma.
Amoxicillin has also been proven to decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills. If you are taking Amoxicillin and do not wish to become pregnant then make sure you use another form of birth control in order to prevent an unwanted pregnancy.
Don’t stop taking Amoxicillin if you feel that you have improved. It may have not had enough time to fight all bacteria in your body and if you quit your dosage then it is highly possible that any bacteria left will continue to develop and spread again. Throw away the medication when you finished your prescribed course. Do not share it with any friends or relatives, even when you think they have similar symptoms. Never give Amoxicillin to children without a doctor’s permission.
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