The World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines includes one of the most widespread penicillin antibiotics Amoxil. The latter has Amoxicillin as its main active ingredient. What makes this medication so useful and practical, is the fact it is thoroughly harmless for children, as well as pregnant and breastfeeding women. Amoxicillin is mostly prescribed for treating pneumonia, tonsillitis, bronchitis and other bacterial infections in such body parts as the throat, urinary tracts, skin, ears, etc.
How Amoxil (Amoxicillin) Works
The principle of Amoxicillin working is quite simple. The medication interferes with the synthesis of the organism’s bacteria and destroys the bacteria’s cells. This way the bacteria infecting the sick man’s organism ceases to develop and eventually dies out.
Quite often Amoxil is compared with Ampicillin, yet the latter is not as effective as the first one. The absorption of Amoxicillin is far better than that of Ampicillin.
However, despite the misinformation widespread among people, neither Amoxicillin nor any other antibiotics can deal with viral infections. That’s why there is no point in taking an antibiotic medication to cure flu or cold.
Amoxil (Amoxicillin) Paired With Other Medication
Before taking Amoxicillin with any other medication it is obligatory to consult with a doctor. The reason is that paired with certain medication types, Amoxil can either lose its effectiveness or strengthen the sides effects. For instance, if you use Amoxil with pemetrexed or methotrexate, expect severe dizziness, vomiting, nausea, anemia and low blood level. If paired wth Appopurol, Amoxil can cause a rash on your skin. And if doxycycline and achromycin lessen the effectiveness of Amoxicillin, Clavulanic acid, on the contrary, enhances it.
The Right Dosage Of Amoxil (Amoxicillin)
The right dosage and the length of the course for a particular patient are prescribed by the doctor. Take the drugs exactly how your doctor tells. Expect the medication affect your organism only after a couple of days. However, even if the symptoms of the illness vanish, keep on taking the medication until the end of the course. Otherwise, the disease won’t be overcome and is likely to repeat. Just the same way, don’t take Amoxicillin longer than prescribed.
Though it is recommended to take Amoxicillin at the same time every day, in the case of missing a dose, don’t double it the next time. You’d better miss it or take the wrong time, than experience an overdose. The latter will be expressed via extreme skin rash, very slow thinking, or even the illness seizures. Once you notice any of these symptoms, hurry to call an ambulance.
Amoxicillin comes in several forms including tablets (500 mg, 875 mg, 775 mg – Extended Release), chewing tablets (must be well chewed before swallowing – 125 mg, 250 mg), oral suspensions: 125 mg/5 mL (80 mL, 100 mL, 150 mL); 200 mg/5 mL (50 mL, 75 mL, 100 mL); 250 mg/5 mL (80 mL, 100 mL, 150 mL); 400 mg/5 mL (50 mL, 75 mL, 100 mL), and capsules (250 mg, 500 mg). Keep the drugs in a dry and dark place at a room temperature. If your Amoxicillin is in liquid form, remember to throw it away after you open it and don’t use for about two weeks.
Side Effects Of Amoxil (Amoxicillin)
Like any medication, Amoxicillin has its side effects. Among the most common and harmless symptoms, we can count vaginal itching, stomach discomfort or pain, diarrhea, nausea, headache, the feeling of a swollen tongue. However, though very seldom, more serious side effects might be experienced. These can come via fever, trouble in breathing, pains in joints and muscles, sores in your mouth and skin, bloody diarrhea, etc. In such cases, seeing a doctor immediately becomes a must. The same must be done when experiencing an allergic reaction to the medication.
The first contraindication is addressed to those patients who have an allergy to penicillin, as well as any other antibiotics with this component. Before your doctor prescribes you Amoxil, don’t forget to tell him/her about such illnesses as a kidney or liver disease, asthma, mononucleosis, medication allergies, and blood clot disorder. In case the patient has phenylketonuria, he/she is never prescribed chewing drugs, as the latter have this component.
And the last contraindication is addressed to breastfeeding mothers. Though the medication is known to be harmless for them, it may anyway have a certain impact on the baby. That’s why do never take Amoxicillin without your doctor prescribing it to you.