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Amoxicillin Disease Interactions

There are 5 disease interactions with amoxicillin:

Aminopenicillins (Includes Amoxicillin) ↔ Mononucleosis

Moderate Potential Hazard, High plausibility

Applies to: Mononucleosis

Patients with mononucleosis treated with an aminopenicillin antibiotic, particularly ampicillin, quite frequently develop a pruritic erythematous maculopapular skin rash that generally occurs 5 to 10 days after therapy is initiated. The rash is usually self-limiting and resolves within days of discontinuing the offending agent. An altered drug metabolism or an immune-mediated process unrelated to drug hypersensitivity has been proposed as the underlying mechanism. Clinicians should recognize that a skin eruption under this circumstance does not necessarily indicate a life-long allergy to these agents or other penicillin derivatives. Therapy with aminopenicillin antibiotics may not be appropriate in patients with mononucleosis.

References

  1. "Product Information. Polycillin (ampicillin)." Apothecon Inc, Plainsboro, NJ.
  2. Chan HL "Fixed drug eruption to bacampicillin (ampicillin)." Arch Dermatol 120 (1984): 542
  3. "Product Information. Spectrobid (bacampicillin)." Roerig Division, New York, NY.
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Amoxicillin-Clavulanate (Includes Amoxicillin) ↔ Pku

Moderate Potential Hazard, High plausibility

Applies to: Phenylketonuria

Augmentin (brand of amoxicillin-clavulanate) chewable tablets contain 2.1 mg of phenylalanine per each 200 mg tablet and 4.2 mg of phenylalanine per each 400 mg tablet. Augmentin oral suspension contains 7 mg of phenylalanine per each 5 mL of reconstituted suspension for both the 200 mg/5 mL and 400 mg/5 mL strengths. The phenylalanine content should be considered when these products are used in patients who must restrict their intake of phenylalanine (i.e. phenylketonurics).

References

  1. "Product Information. Augmentin (amoxicillin-clavulanate)." SmithKline Beecham, Philadelphia, PA.

Antibiotics (Includes Amoxicillin) ↔ Colitis

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility

Applies to: Colitis/Enteritis (Noninfectious)

Pseudomembranous colitis has been reported with most antibacterial agents and may range in severity from mild to life-threatening, with an onset of up to two months following cessation of therapy. Antibiotic therapy can alter the normal flora of the colon and permit overgrowth of Clostridium difficile, whose toxin is believed to be a primary cause of antibiotic-associated colitis. The colitis is usually characterized by severe, persistent diarrhea and severe abdominal cramps, and may be associated with the passage of blood and mucus. The most common culprits are clindamycin, lincomycin, the aminopenicillins (amoxicillin, ampicillin), and the cephalosporins. Therapy with broad-spectrum antibiotics and other agents with significant antibacterial activity should be administered cautiously in patients with a history of gastrointestinal diseases, particularly colitis. There is some evidence that pseudomembranous colitis, if it occurs, may run a more severe course in these patients and that it may be associated with flares in their underlying disease activity. The offending antibiotic(s) should be discontinued if significant diarrhea occurs during therapy. Stool cultures for Clostridium difficile and stool assay for C. difficile toxin may be helpful diagnostically. A large bowel endoscopy may be considered to establish a definitive diagnosis in cases of severe diarrhea.

References

  1. Moriarty HJ, Scobie BA "Pseudomembranous colitis in a patient on rifampicin and ethambutol." N Z Med J 04/23/80 (1980): 294-5
  2. Thomas E, Mehta JB "Pseudomembranous colitis due to oxacillin therapy." South Med J 77 (1984): 532-3
  3. Harmon T, Burkhart G, Applebaum H "Perforated pseudomembranous colitis in the breast-fed infant." J Pediatr Surg 27 (1992): 744-6
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Beta-Lactams (Oral) (Includes Amoxicillin) ↔ Renal Dysfunction

Moderate Potential Hazard, High plausibility

Applies to: Renal Dysfunction

Most beta-lactam antibiotics are eliminated by the kidney as unchanged drug and, in some cases, also as metabolites. The serum concentrations of beta-lactam antibiotics and their metabolites may be increased and the half-lives prolonged in patients with impaired renal function. Dosage adjustments may be necessary and modifications should be based on the degree of renal impairment as well as severity of infection in accordance with the individual product package labeling. Renal function tests should be performed periodically during prolonged and/or high-dose therapy, since nephrotoxicity and alterations in renal function have occasionally been associated with the use of these drugs.

References

  1. "Product Information. Geocillin (carbenicillin)." Roerig Division, New York, NY.
  2. Sjovall J, Westerlund D, Alvan G "Renal excretion of intravenously infused amoxycillin and ampicillin." Br J Clin Pharmacol 19 (1985): 191-201
  3. Jackson EA, McLeod DC "Pharmacokinetics and dosing of antimicrobial agents in renal impairment, part I." Am J Hosp Pharm 31 (1974): 36-52
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Penicillins (Includes Amoxicillin) ↔ Hemodialysis

Moderate Potential Hazard, High plausibility

Applies to: hemodialysis

Penicillin antibiotics (except for agents in the penicillinase-resistant class) are removed by hemodialysis. Doses should either be scheduled for administration after dialysis or supplemental doses be given after dialysis.

References

  1. Francke EL, Appel GB, Neu HC "Kinetics of intravenous amoxicillin in patients on long-term dialysis." Clin Pharmacol Ther 26 (1979): 31-5
  2. Davies BE, Boon R, Horton R, Reubi FC, Descoeudres CE "Pharmacokinetics of amoxycillin and clavulanic acid in haemodialysis patients following intravenous administration of augmentin." Br J Clin Pharmacol 26 (1988): 385-90
  3. Reitberg DP, Marble DA, Schultz RW, Whall TJ, Schentag JJ "Pharmacokinetics of cefoperazone (2.0 g) and sulbactam (1.0 g) coadministered to subjects with normal renal function, patients with decreased renal function, and patients with end-stage renal disease on hemodialysis." Antimicrob Agents Chemother 32 (1988): 503-9
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amoxicillin drug Interactions

There are 54 drug interactions with amoxicillin

Drug Interaction Classification

The classifications below are a general guideline only. It is difficult to determine the relevance of a particular drug interaction to any individual given the large number of variables.

Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.

Do not stop taking any medications without consulting your healthcare provider.

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