What is Amoxicillin?
Amoxicillin is a penicillin antibiotic. It fights bacteria in your body. Amoxicillin is one of the most common antibiotics prescribed for children. Amoxicillin is used in the treatment of a number of infections including: acute otitis media, streptococcal pharyngitis, pneumonia, skin infections, urinary tract infections, salmonella, lyme disease, and chlamydia infections.
Important information about amoxicillin
Amoxicillin shouldn't be used on those who're allergic to amoxicillin or to any other penicillin antibiotic, such as ampicillin (Omnipen, Principen), dicloxacillin (Dycill, Dynapen), oxacillin (Bactocill), penicillin (Beepen-VK, Ledercillin VK, Pen-V, Pen-Vee K, Pfizerpen, V-Cillin K, Veetids), and others.
FDA pregnancy category B. As one of the antibiotics for chlamydia, amoxicillin is not expected to harm an unborn baby if taken by a pregnant woman. Amoxicillin can make birth control pills less effective. However, amoxicillin can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby.
Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If watery or bloody diarrhea shoes up during medication, it is suggested to stop taking amoxicillin and visit doctor promptly before using diarrhea medicine.
What are the side effects?
Side-effects include nausea, vomiting, rashes, and antibiotic-associated colitis. Loose bowel movements (diarrhoea) may also occur. Rarer side-effects include mental changes, lightheadedness, insomnia, confusion, anxiety, sensitivity to lights and sounds, and unclear thinking. Immediate medical care is required upon the first signs of these side-effects.