Moxatag

Generic Name: amoxicillin (am OX i sil in)
Brand Names: Amoxil, Moxatag, Trimox, Wymox

What is Moxatag?

Moxatag (amoxicillin extended-release) is a penicillin antibiotic. It fights bacteria in your body.

Moxatag is a once-daily penicillin-class antibiotic used for the treatment of tonsillitis and/or pharyngitis secondary to streptococcus pyogenes in adults and children 12 years or older.

Moxatag works to eradicate streptococcus pyogenes. Pharyngitis usually involves inflammation of the central region of the throat. Because the tonsils are attached to this region, pharyngitis commonly involves tonsillitis. Pharyngitis that is caused by the bacteria streptococcus pyogenes is also known as "strep throat".

Important information

Do not use Moxatag if you are allergic to amoxicillin or to any other penicillin antibiotic, such as ampicillin (Principen, Unasyn), dicloxacillin (Dycill, Dynapen), oxacillin (Bactocill), or penicillin (Bicillin L-A, PC Pen VK, Pfizerpen), and others.

Before using Moxatag, tell your doctor if you are allergic to cephalosporins such as Omnicef, Cefzil, Ceftin, Keflex, and others. Also tell your doctor if you have asthma, liver or kidney disease, a bleeding or blood clotting disorder, mononucleosis (also called "mono"), or any type of allergy.

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Moxatag can make birth control pills less effective. Ask your doctor about using a non-hormone method of birth control (such as a condom or diaphragm with spermicide) to prevent pregnancy while taking Moxatag. Take this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Moxatag will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu. Do not share this medication with another person, even if they have the same symptoms you have.

Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, stop taking Moxatag and call your doctor. Do not use anti-diarrhea medicine unless your doctor tells you to.

Before taking this medicine

Do not use Moxatag if you are allergic to amoxicillin or to any other penicillin antibiotic, such as:

  • ampicillin (Principen, Unasyn);

  • dicloxacillin (Dycill, Dynapen);

  • oxacillin (Bactocill); or

  • penicillin (Bicillin L-A, PC Pen VK, Pfizerpen), and others.

To make sure you can safely take Moxatag, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs (especially cephalosporins such as Omnicef, Cefzil, Ceftin, Keflex, and others), or if you have any of these other conditions:

  • asthma;

  • liver disease;

  • kidney disease;

  • mononucleosis (also called "mono");

  • a history of diarrhea caused by taking antibiotics; or

  • a history of any type of allergy.

FDA pregnancy category B. Moxatag is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. Moxatag can make birth control pills less effective. Ask your doctor about using a non-hormone method of birth control (such as a condom, diaphragm, spermicide) to prevent pregnancy while taking Moxatag. Amoxicillin can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use Moxatag without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

See also: Pregnancy and breastfeeding warnings (in more detail)

How should I take Moxatag?

Take Moxatag exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

The recommended dose of Moxatag is one 775 mg tabet taken once daily with food. The tablet should be taken within one hour of finishing a meal.

Take Moxatag around the same time every day for 10 days. Complete the full 10-day course of therapy for effective treatment. Do not skip any doses or stop taking Moxatag until you finish your prescribed treatment, unless you have a serious allergic reaction or your doctor tells you to stop.

Do not crush, chew, or break a Moxatag extended-release tablet. Swallow it whole. Breaking the tablet may cause too much of the amoxicillin to be released at one time.

Take Moxatag for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Moxatag will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu. Do not share this medication with another person, even if they have the same symptoms you have.

Moxatag can cause unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using this medication.

Store Moxatag at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose symptoms may include confusion, behavior changes, a severe skin rash, urinating less than usual, or seizure (black-out or convulsions).

What should I avoid?

Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, stop taking Moxatag and call your doctor. Do not use anti-diarrhea medicine unless your doctor tells you to.

Moxatag side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Moxatag: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips;

  • fever, swollen glands, rash or itching, joint pain, or general ill feeling;

  • pale or yellowed skin, yellowing of the eyes, dark colored urine, fever, confusion or weakness;

  • severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness;

  • easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin; or

  • severe skin reaction - fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.

Less serious Moxatag side effects may include:

  • stomach pain, nausea, vomiting;

  • vaginal itching or discharge;

  • headache; or

  • swollen, black, or "hairy" tongue.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Moxatag?

Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:

  • probenecid (Benemid);

  • a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven);

  • an antibiotic such as azithromycin (Zithromax), clarithromycin (Biaxin), erythromycin (E.E.S., EryPed, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin, Pediazole), or telithromycin (Ketek);

  • sulfa drugs (Bactrim, Septra, Sulfatrim, SMX-TMP), and others; or

  • a tetracycline antibiotic such as doxycycline (Doryx, Oracea, Periostat, Vibramycin), minocycline (Dynacin, Minocin, Solodyn), tetracycline (Ala-Tet, Brodspec, Panmycin, Sumycin, Tetracap), and others.

This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with Moxatag. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about Moxatag.
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