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Amoxicillin Fact Card

Widely used antibiotic, often prescribed as first line treatment for a variety of bacterial infections

Brand Names Amoxil
Used For Various respiratory tract infections including chest, ear and sinus infections, urine infections, oral/dental infections, H.pylori (in combination)
Doseage Usually 500mg three times per day for 5-7 days
Side Effects rash, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, joint pains, anaphylaxis or angioedema/urticaria
Warnings History of allergy esp anaphylaxis.
Pregnancy Not known to be harmful

Amoxicillin is a widely used penicillin antibiotic used in the treatment of a number of bacterial infections.

What is Amoxicillin used to treat?

Amoxicillin is commonly used for respiratory tract/ENT infections. It also has other indications for use such as in UTIs.

How does Amoxicillin work?

Amoxicillin works by interfering with bacterial cell wall synthesis.

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How do I take Amoxicillin?

Amoxicillin comes in oral and intravenous preparations. 

The dose depends on indication, adult/child and route of administration.

The usual adult oral dose is 250mg - 500mg 3 times a day.

Side effects of Amoxicillin

Common side effects include nausea, diarrhoea, rash and joint pains. 

Less common but more serious side effects include anaphylaxis and angioedema.
Please seek urgent medical attention if you think you are having an allergic reaction (chest tightness, difficulty breathing, swollen tongue, widespread rash or hives, itchiness)

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Things to avoid

Amoxicillin is a fairly safe drug and has few interactions.

There have been theoretical and anecdotal interactions with Vitamin K antagonists (like warfarin), allopurinol and methotrexate.

Your Doctor will be able to advise you accordingly.

Amoxicillin and alcohol

Alcohol should ideally be avoided.

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Can I take Amoxicillin when pregnant?

Not known to be harmful.

Amoxicillin and breastfeeding

Trace amount in milk, but appropriate to use.

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Please note. This site is for information only. If you are taking any medications please follow the instructions given by your doctor. Should you have an adverse reaction to any medication please seek medical advice.

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