Amoxicillin is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. Amoxicillin is also used with other medications to treat stomach/intestinal ulcers caused by the bacteria H. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose. Using any antibiotic when it is not needed can cause it to not work for future infections. Carefully measure the dose using a special measuring device/spoon. It will not work for viral infections (such as common cold, flu). Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually every 8 or 12 hours. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Drink plenty of fluids while using this medication unless your doctor tells you otherwise. You may add the measured dose to formula, milk, juice, water, or ginger ale just before use. For the best effect, take this antibiotic at evenly spaced times. To help you remember, take this medication at the same time(s) every day. Laura Candelaria is a family nurse practitioner and assistant professor of nursing and nutritional science. Her experience includes neonatal and pediatric intensive-care, women's oncology, gynecology, obstetrics, lactation, nutrition and infertility. She has been published in "Nursing Spectrum," "Newsday" and on various websites. View Full Profile An infant may develop a diaper rash while taking amoxicillin. This can occur in relation to loose, frequent stools or diarrhea. A barrier cream, such as one with zinc oxide, may help to protect the skin and reduce the incidence of rash. In some cases, a diaper rash may be caused by the over-growth of yeast in the body.
American Heart Association (AHA) recommendations: -Immediate-release: 2 g orally as a single dose 30 to 60 minutes prior to procedure Comments: -Prophylaxis should be used for patients at high risk of adverse outcomes from endocarditis with underlying cardiac conditions who undergo any dental procedure that involves manipulation of gingival tissue or periapical region of a tooth and for those procedures that perforate oral mucosa. -Prophylaxis should also be used for patients at high risk of adverse outcomes from endocarditis who undergo invasive respiratory tract procedures. -Current guidelines should be consulted for additional information. US CDC recommendations: 500 mg orally 3 times a day for 7 days in pregnant patients as an alternative to azithromycin Comments: -Women less than 25 years and those at an increased risk for chlamydia should be re-screened during the third trimester of pregnancy to prevent maternal postnatal complications and chlamydial infection in the infant. -Current guidelines should be consulted for additional information. Immediate-release: -Dual Therapy: 1 g orally every 8 hours for 14 days in combination with lansoprazole -Triple Therapy: 1 g orally every 12 hours for 14 days in combination with clarithromycin and lansoprazole Comments: Refer to clarithromycin and lansoprazole for full prescribing information. Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) recommendations: 500 mg orally 3 times a day for 14 to 28 days Comments: -Duration of treatment depends upon severity of condition being treated. Amoxil is a wonderful antibiotic and often doesn't get the respect it deserves from parents, some of whom go so far to ask their pediatrician not to prescribe it because ' Amoxil doesn't work' for their child. Amoxil is most commonly used to treat children with ear infections, pneumonia, sinusitis, and strep throat. It can sometimes also be used to treat some other infections, including uncomplicated gonorrhea, urinary tract infections, and skin infections, when they are caused by susceptible strains of bacteria. Well, it is inexpensive, tastes good, and it does often work. And you really can't ask for more than that in a medicine. Since it is available as a generic drug, you will pay the lowest copay if you have a prescription card, but you likely won't pay more than $10 or $15 even if you have to pay full price, which is a welcome change from the $50 to $100 than many other antibiotics cost. As with most antibiotics, children taking Amoxil can develop nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and pseudomembranous colitis. Other side effects can include tooth discoloration (usually reversible), hepatitis, crystalluria, anemia, reversible hyperactivity, agitation, anxiety, insomnia, confusion, convulsions, behavioral changes, and or dizziness.
OverviewMedical usesAdverse effectsInteractionsPharmacologyHistory Your child needs to take the medicine called amoxicillin. This information sheet explains what amoxicillin does, how to give it, and what side.