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Amoxil

What is Amoxil

Amoxil is an antibiotic in the class of drugs called penicillins. It fights bacteria in your body.

Amoxil is used to treat many different types of infections, such as tonsillitis, pneumonia, ear infections, bronchitis, urinary tract infections, gonorrhea, and infections of the skin.

Amoxil may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

General medical information about Amoxil

Take all of the Amoxil that has been prescribed for you even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may begin to improve before the infection is completely treated.

Do not break, chew, open, or crush the capsules. Swallow them whole.

Amoxil may decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills. Use a second method of birth control while taking Amoxil to protect against pregnancy.

Who should not take Amoxil

If you have ever had an allergic reaction to another penicillin or to a cephalosporin, do not take Amoxil unless your doctor is aware of your allergy and monitors your therapy.

Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease or infectious mononucleosis. You may not be able to take Amoxil because of an increased risk of side effects.

If you are a diabetic, some glucose urine tests may give false positive results while you are taking Amoxil.

Amoxil is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is unlikely to harm an unborn baby. Amoxil is generally considered to be safe for use during pregnancy. Do not, however, take Amoxil without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

Amoxil passes into breast milk. Rarely, Amoxil may cause a yeast infection, diarrhea, or allergic reaction in a nursing infant, although no serious harm is expected. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should take Amoxil

Take Amoxil exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Take each dose with a full glass of water.

Amoxil can be taken with food or on an empty stomach.

Amoxil should be taken at evenly spaced intervals throughout the day and night to keep the level in your blood high enough to treat the infection.

Do not crush, chew, or open the capsules. Swallow them whole. The chewable tablets must be chewed before they are swallowed.

To ensure that you get the correct dosage, measure the liquid form of Amoxil with a dose-measuring spoon or cup, not a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist where you can get one. Shake the suspension well before measuring a dose.

Take all of the Amoxil that has been prescribed for you even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may start to improve before the infection is completely treated.

Store the tablets and capsules at room temperature and store the suspension in the refrigerator for longer use. The suspension is good for 7 days at room temperature and for 14 days if it is stored in the refrigerator. Throw away any unused liquid after this amount of time.

If you miss a dose:

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take only your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

If you have only missed one dose, you can take the rest of your scheduled doses for the day at evenly spaced intervals.

What happens if you overdose:

Seek emergency medical attention.

Symptoms of an Amoxil overdose include muscle spasms or weakness, pain or twitching, pain in the fingers or toes, loss of feeling in the fingers or toes, seizures, confusion, coma, or agitation.

Avoid while taking Amoxil

Alcohol may irritate your stomach if taken with Amoxil, so use it with moderation.

Possible side effects of Amoxil

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking Amoxil and seek emergency medical attention:
- an allergic reaction (shortness of breath; closing of your throat; hives; swelling of your lips, face, or tongue; rash; or fainting);
- seizures;
- severe watery diarrhea and abdominal cramps; or
- unusual bleeding or bruising.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take Amoxil and talk to your doctor if you experience
- mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain;
- white patches on the tongue (thrush/yeast infection);
- itching or discharge of the vagina (vaginal yeast infection);
- black, "hairy" tongue or sore mouth or tongue.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect Amoxil

Some drugs may decrease the effects of Amoxil and prevent it from properly treating your infection. Before taking Amoxil, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following drugs:
- cholestyramine (Questran) or colestipol (Colestid); or
- another antibiotic (for the same or for a different infection) such as erythromycin (Ery-Tab, E-Mycin, E.E.S., others), tetracycline (Sumycin, others), minocycline (Minocin), doxycycline (Doryx, Vibramycin, others), or any other antibiotic.

Amoxil may decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills. Use a second method of birth control while taking Amoxil to protect against pregnancy.

Amoxil increases the effects of methotrexate, and you may need a dose adjustment during therapy with Amoxil.

Amoxil also increases the side effects of allopurinol (Zyloprim) and may cause a rash.

Probenecid (Benemid) increases the effects of Amoxil. These drugs may be used together for this purpose; however, be sure your doctor is aware if you are taking probenecid. You may need a lower dose of Amoxil.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Amoxil. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

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