Amoxicillin is a type of medicine that stops bacteria from infecting other parts of your body. It is only given to you when your healthcare provider prescribes it.
You can use Amoxicillin to treat the following bacterial infections:
- When you have a bacterial infection of the lungs.
- When you have a bacterial infection that affects your ears, nose, throat, skin and the bladder or urinary tract.
- When you have an open wound with a bacterial infection.
Amoxicillin is a drug that kills bacteria in your body. Note that this medicine will not work for viral infections, like the common cold. You need a doctor’s prescription to get this medicine.
- Amoxicillin is taken by mouth as capsules, tablets or as a liquid. It can also be injected directly into your blood by a healthcare provider.
- If you skip a dose, take it as soon as you remember but if you remember at a time close to your next dose, then take only the next dose.
- Do not intentionally skip or stop taking your dose until your treatment is complete. Doing this can put you at risk of an infection that is more difficult to treat.
- If you take more of this medicine than your healthcare provider asked you to take, go to the nearest health centre immediately (with the remaining medicine) and report the overdose.
You may experience mild effects of this medicine that may make you uncomfortable. These effects will usually go away within 2 to 3 days. You should mention these unpleasant effects to your healthcare provider, especially if they stay longer than a week:
- You may feel like vomiting.
- You may pass loose stools.
- You may notice a change in taste.
- You may have a headache.
If you do not get better within three days, make sure you report to your healthcare provider. Also, If you also experience any serious symptoms, you must go to the health centre closest to you immediately. These symptoms include:
- Finding it difficult to swallow or breathe.
- Swollen face, tongue, throat, lips or eyes.
- Itching, skin rash, swollen skin, or peeling.
- Watery or bloody stools.
It is important that you inform your healthcare provider if you have any disease condition. This will help them check your risk for any serious effects.
- Do not take this medicine if you have had a drug reaction to Amoxicillin or any other antibiotics before.
- Tell your doctor if you have had or have any kidney problem.
- Amoxicillin can affect birth control drugs and stop them from working properly.