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Important Facts About Amoxicillin

Amoxicillin is an antibiotic which belongs to the penicillin group of drugs and that its main function is to fight bacteria - minimizing or eradicating the infection in our body.

Below are some more interesting and important facts about the drug which you might not be aware of:
  • Amoxicillin is a prescription drug therefore, an individual is supposed to consult the doctor first before taking in the drug. There are some who self-medicate which usually leads to greater health problems.

  • Never take amoxicillin when you are allergic to any of the antibiotics under the penicillin group such as ampicillin, amoxicillin, carbenicillin, dicloxacillin, oxacillin, penicillin, amoxicillin+clavulanate (Augmentin), ampicillin+sulbactam (Unasyn), pipercillin+tazobactam (Zosyn) and others.

  • If you are allergic to cephalosporins, also inform your doctor about it. In most cases, individuals who are allergic to the penicillin group of drugs will also show allergic reactions to cephalosporins. Cephalosporins include cefazolin, cefdinir, cefpodoxime, cefprozil, cefuroxime, cephalexin and others (usually starts with "cef" or "ceph").

  • Know that amoxicillin can reduce the efficacy of birth control pills which might result to pregnancy. Ask for your doctor's advice about this one as he or she might recommend another antibiotic which won't make birth control pills less effective.

  • Always follow the dosing instruction of amoxicillin. Otherwise, you will end up not being completely treated which may worsen your case.

  • Just like any other antibiotics, amoxicillin intake may result to diarrhea. If this happens, please consult your doctor at once.

  • If you are suffering from asthma, bleeding or blood clotting disorder, kidney and liver disease, inform your doctor about it prior to amoxicillin administration.

  • If you are a nursing mother, inform your doctor about this because amoxicillin passes into your breast milk that you are feeding your baby (this can harm your baby's health).

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