Amoxil is a branded version of amoxicillin and is a type of antibiotic from the penicillin family. It is used in adults, children, and infants to treat a range of different bacterial infections, such as chest infections, sinusitis, tonsilitis, dental abscesses, ear infections, and Lyme disease. It can come in capsules, oral suspension, chewable and injection formulations. Amoxicillin is only available on prescription.
Your doctor will prescribe a specific dose of amoxicillin, adapted for children and the condition treated. Make sure you space the doses evenly throughout the day, and it is important that you finish the full course of treatment prescribed by your doctor, even if your symptoms have gone away.
Oral suspensions will be made up by your pharmacist and should be stored in the fridge. It is important to shake the bottle well before use to evenly disperse the medicine.
Amoxicillin can interfere with certain urine and blood tests, so if you are getting any tests done, make sure the healthcare professional carrying out the test is aware you are taking amoxicillin.
Amoxicillin kills bacteria by affecting the cell wall of the bacteria.
Like all medications, don’t take amoxicillin if you have previously had an allergic reaction to it, or if you have other medications or medical conditions where you would normally discuss it with your doctor or pharmacist before starting something new.
As amoxicillin is only available on prescription, your doctor will prescribe it for you if they feel it would be beneficial. Be sure to let your doctor know if you have had a reaction or allergy to any of the penicillin family of medications before.
As with any medications, some people are bound to get some unwanted side effects. Some of the common ones include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Let your doctor know if any of these occur. Amoxicillin suspensions can stain your teeth so you should brush your teeth shortly after taking the medicine to avoid this.
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