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Generic Name (active ingredient): Amoxicillin
Brand Name: Amoxil
Amoxicillin is broad-spectrum penicillin antibiotic for oral administration. It is used to treat inflammatory and infectious diseases caused by susceptible microorganisms: bronchitis, pneumonia, tonsillitis, pyelonephritis, urethritis, infections of the gastrointestinal tract, gynecological infections, infectious diseases, skin and soft tissues, listeriosis, leptospirosis, gonorrhea, etc.
How does the medication work?
Amoxicillin belongs to a group of half-synthetic penicillin antibiotics. Amoxicillin works by inhibiting the production of transpeptidase(enzyme that is important in biosynthesis of peptidoglycan). Peptidoglycan, or murein, is a polymer that consists of sugars and amino acids, participates in formation a mesh-like layer outside the bacterial plasma membrane of bacteria (Eubacteria, not Archaebacteria), forming the cell wall.
When Amoxil is prescribed?
What should I know before taking Amoxicillin ?
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to Amoxicillin or to any other medicines such as:
Do not take Amoxicillin if any of the below conditions apply to you:
Before taking Amoxicillin, tell your health care provider about any other medicines you take or if you have any of the following disorders:
If you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or breastfeed, you should take Amoxicillin only under a strict control of your doctor. Amoxicillin belongs to a pregnancy category B meaning that it is probably safe to use it during pregnancy, although the full risk for fetus is unknown. You should talk to your doctor about full risk and benefits of taking the medication during pregnancy.
How to take Amoxicillin :
Amoxicillin is available in the forms of capsules, tablets, chewable tablets, and powder for oral Suspension. All Amoxicillin products are taken orally (by mouth).
Dosage of Amoxicillin is prescribed individually by physician.
Take the entire amount of Amoxicillin prescribed by your doctor, even if you feel better before the end of the treatment. If you stop taking medication too early, symptoms may return.
If you missed the scheduled dose, take the medication as soon as you remember, but skip the dose if it is almost the time for the following dose. Do not take two doses at once.
What are the side effects of Amoxicillin ?
Amoxicillin may cause the following side effects:
Allergic reactions: urticaria, erythema, angioedema, rhinitis, conjunctivitis, in rare cases - fever, joint pain, eosinophilia, exfoliative dermatitis, erythema multiforme, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, reactions similar to serum sickness and in individual cases - anaphylactic shock.
Digestive system: dysbacteriosis, taste changes, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, stomatitis, glossitis, abnormal liver function, a moderate increase in liver transaminases; rarely - pseudomembranous enterocolitis.
Central nervous system and peripheral nervous system: agitation, anxiety, insomnia, ataxia, confusion, behavioral change, depression, peripheral neuropathy, headache, dizziness, convulsive reaction.
Urinary system: rarely - interstitial nephritis.
Hemopoietic system: leukopenia, neutropenia, thrombocytopenic purpura, anemia.
Other: shortness of breath, tachycardia, candidiasis of the vagina, superinfection (especially in patients with chronic diseases or low resistance of the organism).
If you experience any side effect that last long or becomes bothersome, please inform your doctor as dose adjustment or treatment discontinuation may be required.
Which are Amoxicillin overdose symptoms?
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, disorders of water-electrolyte balance. In case of overdose seek immediate medical attention.
Which other medicines may affect Amoxicillin ?
Amoxicillin may interact with the following groups of drugs:
For a complete list of possible interactions ask your doctor or pharmacist. Before taking Amoxicillin, let your doctor know what other medicines, including OTC, you currently take.
How should I store Amoxicillin ?
You should store the medication at dry and protected from light place out of reach of children. Do not store the medication at the bathroom.