Amoxil general information
Amoxicillin is a widely-used antibiotic drug, a component of a popular medicine Amoxil. Amoxicillin derives from the penicillin group of drugs. People who are allergic to penicillin should not use it.
Amoxil is prescribed to treat certain infections that are caused by bacteria. It is commonly prescribed to facilitate the conditions of the stomach caused by H. pylori infection.
Amoxicillin is a product manufactured by several pharmaceutical companies so it is available at various brand names including Amoxil.
Some general rules about amoxicillin and details about this medicine are given below:
• Amoxicillin works by preventing bacteria from growing.
• Amoxicillin is intended to treat infections caused by bacteria but not caused by viruses.
• Combinations of other drugs with amoxicillin are possible to treat certain stomach ulcers.
• Amoxicillin is available in a wide variety of forms, including tablets, oral solutions, and capsules to liquid drops.
• Common side effects of amoxicillin include diarrhea and stomach upset.
• Overuse of amoxicillin can lead to growth of bacteria which are resistant to amoxicillin and other penicillins.
• Amoxicillin may make birth control pills less effective.
• Amoxicillin can interact with other medicines and with alcohol, some interactions can be dangerous.
• Amoxicillin can cause positive results in urine glucose tests, so during the treatment urine tests can show inadequate results.
Amoxil component Amoxicillin is stable to gastric acid, it is absorbed from the stomach very fast after oral use. The medicine is distributed into most body tissues and fluids (except brain and spinal fluid). Still to in meningitis the medicine can spread in the brain. The half-life of amoxicillin is 1 hour.
The average max plasma concentrations of the medicine are 1-2 hours post oral administration (using the doses of 250 and 500 mg capsules). Normally the max blood concentrations are achieved within an hour.
The studies of the medicine have shown that the administration with light meals does not affect the rate of drug absorption.
The amoxicillin serum levels are detected in healthy volunteers up to 8 hours post oral dose. The medicine is eliminated from body in the urine within 6-8 hours.
Amoxicillin fights many bacterial infections and if used correctly it effectively eradicates the infections of various origins.
Amoxil antibiotic treats certain infections that have been caused by bacteria. The following infections are often treated with this antibiotic: bronchitis, ear infections, gonorrhea, Lyme disease, pneumonia, skin infections, throat infections, tonsillitis, and urinary tract infections.
Doctors can prescribe Amoxil to treat heart problems, to prevent bacterial infections in newborns, to prevent chlamydia infections in pregnant women. Besides, this medicine is often used as prophylactic after surgical procedures.
Specialists recommend using amoxicillin in people who are exposed to anthrax.
The intake of amoxicillin is regulated by a caring doctor who can adjust the dose to be consumed twice a day (every 12 hours) or three times a day (every 8 hours).
Side effects and drug interactions
Common side effects with Amoxil can be diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and others. Besides, this medicine often causes skin rash and dizziness.
In case of severe side effects the patients must call emergency service for getting proper medical help.
Proper intake of amoxicillin often helps avoid having side effects. The same thing relates to the drug interactions which can be prevented. Ask your doctor about possible drug interactions of Amoxil. Do not consume medicines which can interact together.
Amoxicillin can interact with the following drugs:
• Anticoagulant warfarin;
• Probenecid, allopurinol;
• Oral contraceptives;
• Chloramphenicol, macrolides, sulfonamides and tetracycline.
The use of antibiotic Amoxil should be controlled by a medical professional. Do not self-treat yourself or your children.