Amoxil (Amoxicillin)Brand Names: Amoxil, Moxatag
Related Medications: Augmentin, Augmentin ES, Augmentin XR, Azactam Injection, Bactrim, Biaxin, Claforan, Coly-Mycin, Noroxin, Otovel, Penicillin VK, Principen, Trobicin, Xtoro
Nowadays, Amoxil is often taken to treat those bacterial infections that are susceptible to its effects, including bronchitis, tonsils, pneumonia, laryngitis, gonorrhea and others. Before patients start this treatment, they should get a better idea of possible side effects, unwanted drug interactions and other important details to be on a safe side.
The use of Amoxil is associated with certain side effects, just like other available medications, and the most widespread ones include:
Those patients who have any allergies to cephalosporin group of antibiotics, such as penicillins, are at a higher risk of developing allergies to Amoxil. Besides, a few patients may have serious and rare adverse effects, such as seizures, anaphylaxis, andlow red blood cell or platelet counts. Another important thing is that its intake may change normal bacteria in people’s colon and boost the growth of specific bacteria, thus, resulting in inflammation. Those patients who notice the symptoms of pseudomembranous colitis, such as fever, diarrhea and pain, need to call their doctors at once.
It’s possible to find Amoxil in the form of standard, extended-release and chewable tablets, capsules and powders for suspension, but they all are available in different doses. The right dosage of this medication depends on a set of crucial factors, but the most common one is 250 mg taken every 8 hours. Everything depends on a specific medical condition, its type, severity and individual factors, such as people’s age and weight. If it’s necessary to treat gonorrhea, patients need to take 3 g only once.
Before patients start taking Amoxil, they need to inform their doctors about possible allergic reactions and such serious health conditions as kidney and liver complications, specific types of viral infections, etc. For nursing and pregnant women, this medication should be taken only when it’s clearly needed.
Patients should also realize that the intake of certain meds may change the effectiveness of Amoxil or result in unwanted side effects. That’s why they need to tell their physicians about other drugs or herbal supplements that they are taking at the moment. There are certain medications that may potentially interact with Amoxil, and they include methotrexate, probenecid and live bacterial vaccines. For example, probenecid may slow down the removal of its active component from the body, thus, resulting in increased levels of Amoxil in the blood. It’s advisable to be careful with birth control pills too, and they may result in false positive results of diabetic urine and other lab tests, so patients always need to inform lab specialists about their treatment.