Amoxicillin Patient Tips
How it works
Amoxicillin is a penicillin-type antibiotic that kills bacteria by breaking down their cell wall.
- Effective against specific bacteria often responsible for causing ear, nose, or throat infections and also against helicobacter pylori (associated with stomach ulcers).
- Usually well tolerated.
If you are between the ages of 18 and 60, take no other medication or have no other medical conditions, side effects you are more likely to experience include:
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
- Allergic reactions in those allergic to penicillin.
Notes: In general, seniors or children, people with certain medical conditions (such as liver or kidney problems, heart disease, diabetes, seizures) or people who take other medications are more at risk of developing a wider range of side effects. For a complete list of all side effects, click here.
- Dial 911 if you experience any trouble breathing, swelling or tightness of the throat.
- See your doctor if you develop prolonged or significant diarrhea or a rash.
- Complete the course of amoxicillin as prescribed by your doctor.
Response and Effectiveness
Peak levels are reached 1-2 hours after administration; however, it may take up to 24-72 hours of regular dosing before you start to feel better.
Amoxicillin [package insert]. Revised 10/2015. Sandoz Inc. https://www.drugs.com/pro/amoxicillin.html Accessed 02/2016
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- Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use amoxicillin only for the indication prescribed.
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