Amoxil

(amoxicillin)

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Treats bacterial infections.

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Amoxil (amoxicillin) is a good and cheap antibiotic that comes in different forms to treat many types of bacterial infections.

Quick facts about amoxicillin
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (amoxicillin)

Upsides

  • 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

  • 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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How it works

Amoxil (amoxicillin) is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria, and prevents them from reproducing and making their own protective covering.

Quick facts about amoxicillin
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (amoxicillin)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Extended-release tablet
  • Liquid
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What to expect when you take Amoxil (amoxicillin) for Bacterial infection

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  • Possible side effects
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • New infection
  • Diarrhea
  • Allergic reaction
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Side effect rates for Amoxil (amoxicillin)

Risks and Warnings for Amoxil (amoxicillin)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Using oral birth control pills

    If you're taking Amoxil (amoxicillin) and you're also on birth control pills, the birth control won't work as well. Consider using a second form of birth control (condoms, diaphragms, etc.) while taking Amoxil (amoxicillin).

Pharmacist Q&A

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This medication treats ear, nose, and throat infections.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats ear, nose, and throat infections.

Common concerns from people taking Amoxil (amoxicillin)

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Food
  • If you're taking extended release, take within 1 hour of finishing your meal.
  • You may have diarrhea or stomach upset when taking Amoxil (amoxicillin). Take with food to avoid these symptoms. If diarrhea or stomach upset gets worse, or does not improve after stopping this medication, tell your doctor.