amoxicillin (generic name)
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What is this medicine?AMOXICILLIN (a mox i SIL in) is a penicillin antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- kidney disease
- an unusual or allergic reaction to amoxicillin, other penicillins, cephalosporin antibiotics, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Shake well before using. Use a specially marked spoon or dropper to measure every dose. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household spoons are not accurate. This medicine can be taken with or without food. It can be mixed with a small amount of infant formula, milk, fruit juice, water, or other cold beverage. The mixture should be taken immediately. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Finished the full course prescribed by your doctor even if you think your condition is better. Do not stop taking except on your doctor's advice.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses. There should be an interval of at least 6 to 8 hours between doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
- birth control pills
What should I watch for while using this medicine?Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve in 2 or 3 days.
If you are diabetic, you may get a false positive result for sugar in your urine with certain brands of urine tests. Check with your doctor.
Do not treat diarrhea with over-the-counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if the diarrhea is severe and watery.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- breathing problems
- dark urine
- redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
- severe or watery diarrhea
- trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- unusually weak or tired
- yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- stomach upset
- trouble sleeping
Where should I keep my medicine?Keep out of the reach of children.
After this medicine is mixed by your pharmacist, it is best to store it in a refrigerator. However, it can be kept at room temperature. Throw away unused medicine after 14 days. Do not freeze.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.