Compare amoxicillin vs. Duac

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Amoxil
(amoxicillin)

Duac
(clindamycin / benzoyl peroxide)

Treats bacterial infections. Amoxil (amoxicillin) is a good and cheap antibiotic that comes in different forms to treat many types of bacterial infections.Coming soon.
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Reviews for amoxicillin
62%
of people (All ages) say amoxicillin is worth it
45%
say it works well
14%
say it's a big hassle
786 reviews
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Side effects
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The amoxicillin FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
amoxicillinDuac
Amoxil (amoxicillin) is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria, and prevents them from reproducing and making their own protective covering.Coming soon.
Type of medication
amoxicillinDuac
Prescription only
Available as
amoxicillinDuac
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Extended-release tablet
  • Liquid
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
Used for
amoxicillinDuac
  • Acne Vulgaris
Risk factors for serious side effects
amoxicillinDuac
  • Taking Amoxil (amoxicillin) for a long time
  • Weakened immune system
  • Not taking Amoxil (amoxicillin) correctly
  • History of penicillin allergies
  • Using oral birth control pills
Detailed Amoxil (amoxicillin) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

    Food
    amoxicillinDuac
    • Take with food to prevent upset stomach. If you're taking the extended-release version, take within 1 hour of finishing your meal.
    No food related info.
    Upsides and benefits
    amoxicillinDuac
    • First choice medicine to treat many bacterial infections.
    • Available in generic.
    • Available in different forms: tablet, capsule, and liquid. The liquid comes in many different flavors to make it taste better for people who don't like pills.
    • Side effects are generally not too bad compared to other antibiotics.
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    Downsides and risks
    amoxicillinDuac
    • While Amoxil (amoxicillin) can be used to treat different bacterial infections, many don't respond to it.
    • Can cause diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
    • Except for the extended-release form, you have to take Amoxil (amoxicillin) 2 to 3 times a day, which can be hard to remember.
    • The extended-release form can be more expensive because it's a brand name.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
    amoxicillinDuac
    • Finish all of the medicine, even if you start to feel better. Stopping Amoxil (amoxicillin) early can make the infection come back and harder to treat.
    • If you're on birth control, Amoxil (amoxicillin) might make it less effective. Talk to your doctor to see if you need to use backup.
    • Take with food to prevent upset stomach. If you're taking the extended-release version, take within 1 hour of finishing your meal.
    • If you have the liquid, keep the bottle in the fridge. The bottle is only good for 14 days after you pick it up. Shake the bottle well before using each dose.
    • You may have diarrhea or stomach upset when taking Amoxil (amoxicillin), but it should get better soon after you've finished. If the diarrhea gets worse, tell your doctor
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