What is Amoxicillin?
Amoxicillin is in a class of antibiotics belonging to the penicillin group. It is used to treat bacterial infections, such as chest infections (including pneumonia), dental abscesses, and urinary tract infections (UTIs). Amoxycillin is available in the US, UK, Canada as prescription drugs under the brand name Amoxicot. Other common brands are ABIOLEX, AMOXI-BOL Amoxicillin available in tablet, capsule, and oral suspension forms
You can buy Amoxicillin in the US, UK, Canada, and India with an online prescription. However, in most countries, you can buy Amoxicillin without a prescription. Amoxicillin is available in various doses such as 250 mg, 500 mg,1000 mg. It is one of the oldest and the most effective antibiotics in use. The use of amoxicillin may be associated with certain common adverse effects such as diarrhea, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, abdominal pain,
Certain medications such as Doxycycline, Methotrexate, Methotrexate, Warfarin, birth control pills may interact with amoxicillin and cause unwanted effects on the body. That makes it important to tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements. If you experience any of the side effects, you will have to visit your physician at the earliest.
How does Amoxicillin work?
Amoxicillin kills bacteria by preventing its cell wall formation, leading to the activation of self-destructing enzymes in the cell coating of the bacteria. This process leads to leakage of the bacterial contents outside its cell causing, the death of the bacteria. This type of killing is called a bactericidal effect where the bacteria are killed, unlike certain other antibiotics that suppress bacterial growth.
Benefits of Amoxicillin
Amoxicillin can treat many types of infections caused by bacteria, such as tonsillitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, and infections of the ear, nose, throat, skin, or urinary tract. It is a broad-spectrum antibiotic that has an inhibitory effect on a wide range of bacteria. It can be administered in almost all categories of patients without any serious side effects. Amoxycillin is the safest antibiotic drug for pediatric, geriatric, and breastfeeding patients. Dietary restriction for the drug is less.
How to take Amoxicillin?
Amoxicillin is mostly taken orally; however, it is also taken in syrup form and injection (penicillin). Always take the capsule with a glass of water after meal. Amoxicillin is taken through the mouth with a glass of water. It has to be taken as recommended by the physician usually 2-3 times (Amoxicillin 500 mg) daily depending on the condition. Children, teenagers, and adults may be prescribed 250 mg to 500 mg every 8 hours or 500 mg to 875 mg every 12 hours depending on the requirement. Amoxicillin is administered according to body weight in infants.
Amoxicillin should not be taken if you have consumed alcohol as it can interrupt the absorption of the drug. You should never take Amoxicillin more than the recommended dose and should always consult a physician before taking it. Occasionally, Amoxicillin can cause an allergic reaction that may be manifested as hives, rashes, itching, or swelling of lips followed by breathing difficulty. This is an indication that you may be allergic to the drug and should consult the physician at the earliest.