Amoxicillin:
What is it?

Amoxicillin:
How is it Used?


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Amoxicillin Overview

Overview

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Created: 2005-04-07 16:18:01.0

Modified: 2010-03-09 08:20:07.0

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Canadian Brand Names

Apo-Amoxi®; Gen-Amoxicillin; Lin-Amox; Mylan-Amoxicillin; Novamoxin®; Nu-Amoxi; PHL-Amoxicillin; PMS-Amoxicillin

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

How does it work?

• Amoxicillin works to injure the bacteria and fight the infection.

How is it best taken?

• To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.

• Use prescription as directed, even if feeling better.

• Take this medicine with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.

• Chewable tablet: Chew or crush well. Mix crushed tablet with food. Do not swallow whole.

• Extended release tablet: Take with food. Swallow whole. Do not chew, crush, or break.

• Tablet for suspension: Mix tablet in 2 teaspoonfuls of water. Do not chew or swallow whole.

• A liquid (suspension) is available if you cannot swallow pills. Shake well before use.

• Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after medicine is given.

• May crush tablet, dissolve in water, and mix with chocolate milk, milk, or pudding.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store capsules and tablets at room temperature.

• Protect capsules and tablets from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

• Store liquid (suspension) at room temperature or in a refrigerator. Do not freeze. Throw away any unused portion after 2 weeks.

Mexican Brand Names

Acimox; Amicil; Amobay; Amoxifur; Amoxil; Amoxinova; Amoxisol; Amoxivet; Bimxan; Dimopen; Gimalxina; Hidramox; Penamox; Polymox; Solciclina; Xalyn-Or

Pharmacologic Category

Antibiotic, Penicillin

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to amoxicillin, any penicillin, or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

U.S. Brand Names

Amoxil® [DSC]; Moxatag™

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• If you are diabetic, this medicine may interfere with Clinitest®. Use another method of urine glucose testing like Clinistix® or Tes-Tape®.

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