What Is Amoxicillin?
Amoxicillin (Amoxil) is an effective broad-spectrum antibiotic. Unlike the antibacterial drugs with narrow specialization, Amoxicillin neutralizes many harmful bacteria. That is why this antimicrobial drug may be used for the treatment of different infectious diseases.
Amoxicillin is not sensitive to the morbific microbes which produce penicillinase, making this antibiotic highly efficient.
One of the antibiotic’s active components is Clavulanic acid, which neutralizes the resistance of these microorganisms. It affects those agents where other antibiotics fail to help.
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What Is Amoxicillin Used For?
Amoxil is used for the treatment of infectious and inflammatory diseases, which include:
- Respiratory tract infections (sinusitis, pneumonia, acute or chronic bronchitis)
- Urinary tract infections (UTI) (gonorrhoea, cystitis, urethritis, pyelonephritis, etc)
- Soft tissues bacterial infections (skin inflammations, erysipelas)
- Gastrointestinal tract infections (intestinal and abdominal cavity infection)
- Other infectious inflammatory diseases (Lyme disease, ear and tooth infection, sepsis, salmonellosis, meningitis, etc)
Your attending physician will determine the dosage and treatment type after studying a patient’s health condition.
Take Amoxil tablets with a glass of water, swallowing the whole pill. Take the drug with or without meals.
The average dose for adults prescribed for moderate severity infections is 500 mg 3 times per day.
For severe infectious diseases, the dose is increased up to 750 mg 3 times per day.
The average dose for children is 250 mg 3 times per day.
The length of the treatment is indicated according to the patient’s general condition and the reaction to the medicine. Amoxil is usually taken for 5-12 days.
If you noticed the improvement in your health condition in a couple of days, do not terminate your treatment. You have to finish your antibiotic therapy to avoid relapses of the infection.
Avoid using Amoxil if you have:
- kidneys or liver disorders;
- individual intolerance to Amoxicillin and other penicillin drugs;
- allergic diathesis;
- bronchial asthma;
- acute stomach ulcer.
Pregnant women should avoid using Amoxil because scientists have not completely studied the influence of Amoxicillin on the development of a fetus.
Breastfeeding women should also avoid taking the drug.
You may experience the following side effects while taking Amoxil: diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, headache, fever, dizziness, sleep disorder, and hallucinations.
However, it is worth saying that the side effects of Amoxicillin are quite rare. Also, adverse reactions may be caused by overdose.
It is manifested in the form of nausea, vomiting, gastrointestinal disorders.
Therefore, if you experience one or several side effects mentioned above, consult with your doctor.
Can You Get Amoxicillin Over The Counter?
You cannot buy Amoxicillin over the counter in the United States or Europe. As with all antibiotics, you have to get a prescription from your attending physician to buy Amoxil 500mg or 875mg.
Another option is to order Amoxicillin from an online pharmacy. The advantage is you do not need a prescription to get generic medicine form such pharmacy. However, the disadvantage may be getting the drug of low quality.
In any case, consult with a qualified doctor or experienced pharmacist before using Amoxicillin.
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Does Amoxicillin Make You Tired?
Until now, doctors have linked fatigue while taking antibiotics to the disease itself: sweating, diarrhoea, and vomiting cause dehydration, fever and muscle pain cause a feeling of weakness. That is why complaints of weakness while taking antibiotics were not taken seriously.
In recent years, there is a hypothesis that weakness is since antibiotics suppress pathogenic microbes and useful intestinal microflora. This, in turn, leads to diarrhoea, vomiting and the mentioned fatigue.
It is an incomplete explanation of the causes. Even in the absence of serious inflammation or dehydration, some patients still feel weak. Probiotics, which are supposed to restore healthy microflora, do not help either.
Thus, the weakness may be a side effect of the antibiotic itself, and the pharmaceutical companies know this. They even indicate this in the list of side effects in the drug’s instructions and doctors’ documents.
Can You Dring Alcohol Together With Amoxicillin?
Many antibacterial medications are incompatible with alcohol. Simultaneously, there are antibiotic medications that you can use together with alcohol, but in very small doses.
In the case of Amoxicillin, combining it with alcohol does not cure but poisons.
The liver, which eliminates the drug from the body, releases a special enzyme when alcohol as a reaction to alcohol. Alcohol splits into the water and acetic acid, and the harmful effect of alcohol on the body is reduced many times over.
Amoxicillin does not allow this very enzyme to be produced. Consequently, the body is poisoned by alcohol. It may even lead to hepatitis, liver failure and necrosis of liver tissue. Thus, it is strictly forbidden to consume alcoholic beverages during treatment with the drug.
Amoxicillin and alcohol are incompatible – their simultaneous intake causes irreparable harm to the liver and other organs.
Updated March, 27, 2021 by Jeffrey Papo RPh