Important Information on Amoxicillin

March 7, 2016

Amoxicillin is an effective antibiotic which is commonly used as the first medication for treatment of common childhood infections. There are some parents though who do not think that Amoxicillin can be effective enough. In reality though, Amoxicillin is a wonderful medication for common bacterial infections like ear infections, sinusitis, strep throat and pneumonia.

Sometimes Amoxicillin is also prescribed for treatment of adult diseases that include; urinary tract infections, skin infections and uncomplicated gonorrhea. Amoxicillin is also used in combination with other drugs for treatment of patients with H. pylori infections.

Important Facts About Amoxicillin:

Amoxicillin is an inexpensive anti-biotic and it tastes good, which is why it is commonly recommended for children. It is available in its generic form making it more affordable for most families.

Amoxicillin is not recommended though for children with allergies to penicillin because it belongs to the penicillin group of medications.

The common prescription for Amoxicillin is to be taken just twice a day with a high dosage of 50mg per every kg of weight of the patient.

There is no need to keep Amoxicillin refrigerated but it should be kept at room temperature and away from direct sunlight.

Amoxicillin Side Effects:

The most common side effects of Amoxicillin include:

  • Nausea with vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Pseudomembranous colitis
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Anemia
  • Hepatitis
  • Anxiety (Fretfulness in children)
  • Agitation
  • Insomnia or restlessness during sleep
  • Confusion or uncertainty
  • Convulsion (seizure)
  • Behavior changes
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Hyperacidity
  • Allergic reactions

Tooth discoloration in children is reversible in most circumstances and so does in hyperacidity. Allergic reactions can in children under Amoxicillin medication that include; serum sickness-like reactions, erythema multiforme, erythematous maculopapular rashes, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal, necrolysis exfoliative dermatitis, hypersensitivity vasculitis, urticaria and acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis. If you think your child is experiencing any allergic reactions while taking Amoxicillin, stop the medication immediately and call your doctor.

You should keep in mind though that the developed allergic reaction could not be caused by Amoxicillin, which is why it is important to consult the doctor as soon as rashes occur to rule out the possibilities.

Variety of Forms of Amoxicillin:

Amoxicillin is available in different of forms that include; drops for infants, oral suspension, capsules, tablets and chewable tablets, capsules. Amoxicillin is the generic name of Amoxicillin and it is in different brand names. Though the generic form comes in bubble gum flavor, some children prefer the better taste of branded Amoxicillin.