Amoxicillin, an antibiotic, is used to treat a wide variety of
infections, including gonorrhea, middle ear infections, skin
infections, upper and lower respiratory tract infections, and
infections of the genital and urinary tract. In combination with other drugs such as Prevacid and Biaxin, amoxicillin is also used to
treat duodenal ulcers caused by H. pylori bacteria (ulcers in
the wall of the small intestine near the exit from the stomach).
Amoxicillin 875 mg, manufactured by Merck, comes in
multiples of 24 tablets.
side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in
intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor
can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Amoxicillin.
Amoxicillin side effects may include:
Agitation, anemia, anxiety, changes in behavior, colitis,
confusion, convulsions, diarrhea, dizziness, hives, hyperactivity,
insomnia, liver problems and jaundice, nausea, peeling skin, rash,
tooth discoloration in children, vomiting.
When used in
combination with Prevacid and/or Biaxin for the treatment of ulcers,
the most common amoxicillin side effects are changes in taste
sensation, diarrhea, and headache.
If you are
allergic to either penicillin or cephalosporin antibiotics in any
form, consult your doctor before taking amoxicillin. There is a
possibility that you are allergic to both types of medication; and
if a reaction occurs, it could be extremely severe. If you take
amoxicillin and feel signs of a reaction, seek medical attention
If you have
ever had asthma, hives, hay fever, or other allergies, consult with
your doctor before taking amoxicillin.
stop using amoxicillin if you experience reactions such as bruising,
fever, skin rash, itching, joint pain, swollen lymph nodes, and/or
sores on the genitals. If these reactions occur, stop taking
amoxicillin unless your doctor advises you to continue.
infections such as strep throat, it is important to take amoxicillin
for the entire amount of time your doctor has prescribed. Even if
you feel better, you need to continue taking amoxicillin. If you
stop taking amoxicillin before your treatment time is complete, you
may get other infections, such as glomerulonephritis (a kidney
infection) or rheumatic fever.
If you are
diabetic, be aware that amoxicillin may cause a false positive
Clinitest (urine glucose test) result to occur. You should consult
with your doctor about using different tests while taking
amoxicillin, tell your doctor if you have ever had asthma, colitis (inflammatory
bowel disease), diabetes, or kidney or liver disease.
amoxicillin is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either
could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially
important to check with your doctor before combining amoxicillin
with the following:
Erythromycin (E.E.S., pce, others)
Tetracycline (Achromycin V, others)
dosages will be determined by the type of infection being treated.
Throat, Skin, Genital, and Urinary Tract Infections:
- The usual
adult dosage is 250 mg, taken every 8 hours.
of the Lower Respiratory Tract:
- The usual
adult dosage is 500 mg, taken every 8 hours.
- The usual
adult dosage is 3 grams in a single oral dose.
Infections Such as Acute, Uncomplicated Anogenital and Urethral
- 3 grams as a
single oral dose.
- 1 gram of
amoxicillin in combination with 500 mg of Biaxin and 30 mg of
Prevacid taken every 12 hours for 14 days.
- Alternatively, 1 gram of amoxicillin can be taken with 30 mg of
Prevacid every 8 hours for 14 days.
weighing 44 pounds (20 kg) and over should follow the recommended
adult dose schedule.
weighing under 44 pounds (20 kg) will have their dosage determined
by their weight.
medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you
suspect an amoxicillin overdose, seek medical attention immediately.
Symptoms of amoxicillin overdose may include:
- Diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps, vomiting
can be taken with or without food.
If you miss a dose, take
it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose,
and you take 2 doses a day, take the one you missed and the next
dose 5 to 6 hours later. If you take 3 or more doses a day, take the
one you missed and the next dose 2 to 4 hours later. Then go back to
your regular schedule.
Store amoxicillin away from direct light and heat.
Store in a dry location; avoid storing it in the bathroom, near
sinks, or other areas where it may become damp. Do not use
amoxicillin after the expiration date. Keep amoxicillin
away from children; both when storing it, and when discarding any
should be used during pregnancy only when clearly needed. If you are
pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately.
Since amoxicillin may appear in breast milk, you should consult your
doctor if you plan to breastfeed your baby.
Please see above under "Amoxicillin Dosages".
No special information or recommendations are available.
This document is provided for information only. It is not a substitute
for consultation with a physician, either to diagnose symptoms
or prescribe treatment. Any dosages mentioned are general
guidelines only, please follow the directions of your doctor exactly when taking
amoxicillin. We have made
every effort to ensure that this information is accurate,
but only your doctor can say if amoxicillin, or a drug combination,
is safe for you. It should not be construed to indicate that
to order and use amoxicillin is safe, appropriate, or effective
for you. Consult your healthcare professional before you
order amoxicillin online.