AMOXICILLIN

AMOXICILLIN

Classification, uses, dosages, common side effects, interaction, generic and brand name

CLASSIFICATION: Beta-lactam (β-lactam) antibiotic , penicillin antibiotic

USES:

It is used for treating bacterial infections that comprises middle ear infection, pneumonia, Urinary tract infections, skin infections, salmonella infections, Chlamydia infections, streptococcal infections, lyme disease, acute otitis media. 

It can be taken or given orally.

DOSAGES:

For Ears, Nose, and Throat Infections

Immediate release and chewable tablet dosage:

Adult (18 years to 64 years)

Typical dosage: 250 mg every 8 hours or 500 mg every 12 hours.

Pediatric (3 months to 17 years) (Doctor’s advice on dosages is must)

If kid weighs less than 40kgs then the typical dosage: 25 mg/kg/day in divided doses every 12 hours, or 20 mg/kg/day in divided doses every 8 hours.

If kid weighs more than 40kgs can be dosed adult dosage.

Before providing any medicine to children doctor recommendation is must

Extended Release tablets for adult dosage

18 years to 64 years

Typical dosage is 775 mg once per day for 10 days.

Seniors aged more than 65 years and pediatric dosage for extended release tablets can be discussed with your doctor.

Urinary tract infection, Skin Infection Dosage

Adult – 18 years to 64 years

Typical dosage: 250 mg every 8 hours or 500 mg every 12 hours.

Lower Respiratory tract Infection

Adult – 18 years to 64 years

Typical dosage: 500 mg every 8 hours or 875 mg every 12 hours.

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NOTE: Dosages can be given or taken as per physician’s instructions and guidance that depends upon the patient’s health condition

COMMON SIDE EFFECTS

Mild side effects are

  • Abnormal taste sense
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Skin  rash
  • Diarrhea
  • Vaginal yeast infection
  • Stomach upset
  • Vomiting

Serious Side effects (rarely occurs) are

  • Dizziness
  • Seizures
  • Breathing problems
  • Hives
  • Trouble passing urine
  • Dark urine
  • Jaundice
  • Tiredness
  • Blistering
  • Liver damage

INTERACTIONS:

Drugs(to name a few) that may interact with amoxicillin include:

Check with your doctor for better understanding about the interactions with these drugs before taking them along with amoxicillin

  • Chloramphenicol
  • Erythromycin
  • Azithromycin
  • Sulfamethoxazole
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Doxycycline
  • Tetracycline
  • Allupurinol
  • Probenecid

GENERIC NAME: amoxicillin

BRAND NAME: amoxil, trimox, moxatag, sumox, moxillin, larotid, trumox

AMOXICILLIN - Classification, uses, dosages, common side effects, interaction, generic and brand name
AMOXICILLIN – Classification, uses, dosages, common side effects, interaction, generic and brand name

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