Amoxil: a Penicillin Antibiotic

Amoxil is a synthetic antibiotic that is used for treatment of infections in the bosky. It is an effective penicillin antibiotic that fights the bacteria in the body. This is usually the antibiotic that is prescribed as the first defense against most common bacterial infections.

This is the most common antibiotic for children because it taste good and children can tolerate its taste. Some parents do think that this antibiotic can be given just whenever their children get sick, that is not to be done. Taking this medication should be under a strict supervision from a doctor.

Amoxil is one of the most affordable antibiotics that is why it is the most commonly prescribed. But this drug should also not be given without the doctor’s proper diagnosis and prescription. Just because it works for one child does not mean that it will also work for a child with the same symptoms.

Amoxil Side Effects:

There are common side effects to amoxil like:

Nausea

Headache

Vomitting

Colitis

Diarrhea

These side effects are very common and they do not need any medical attention; they usually go after taking amoxil for a few days or after the treatment period has been completed.

There are also some uncommon side effects like:

Tooth discoloration

Hepatitis

Agitation

Hyperactivity

Anemia

Confusion

Seizures

Dizziness

Behavioral disorders

If these side effects are persistent, you should consult your doctor; your dose may need to be adjusted.

Precautions:

This medication may cause diarrhea, if your stool has become suddenly watery and you are starting to get weak. Stop taking amoxil immediately and go to the nearest emergency room to avoid getting dehydrated.

Amoxil should not be taken if you are allergic to penicillin drugs and cephalosporins.

Inform your doctor about the health condition that you have such as kidney and liver diseases, blood clotting problems or if you any allergies at all.

If you are taking contraceptive pills, this antibiotic may lessen its effectiveness. So ask your doctor about another form of birth control method while you are taking amoxil.

Do not share amoxil with anyone who is suffering from symptoms just like yours. Their condition or infection may not require treatment using amoxil.

If you are pregnant or planning to be pregnant, tell your doctor about it. Though amoxil is not reported to have any harmful effects on the unborn child, the drug can pass through the breast milk and may have certain effects on the nursing infant.