This product is taken orally.
Why is it prescribed?
Amoxicillin is used to treat infections caused by susceptible types of bacteria. This material will be limited to the treatment of infections of the respiratory tract (e.g. pneumonia, bronchitis, tonsilitis) and the middle ear.
Use exactly as prescribed.
Apo-Amoxi suspension must be shaken well before each use. It may be taken/given with or without food. It should be stored in the refrigerator and never frozen. It is unacceptable to dilute the medication in large volumes of liquid that will not be consumed immediately (e.g. baby's bottle). If you are having difficulty giving a child the medication, ask your pharmacist for suggestions.
The suspension expires after 14 days. Any unused portion should be discarded.
To measure the prescribed dose, it is important that you have an appropriate measuring device. Ask your pharmacist to help you select the best one if you do not already have one.
Take (give) Apo-Amoxi at even intervals around the clock as prescribed (e.g. every 8 hours translates to 3 times a day) until finished or as directed. Failure to take the complete course can result in incomplete elimination of the bacteria which can lead to a relapse of the infection. The prescribed course generally lasts a few days longer than symptoms of the infection (e.g. fever). Treatment usually lasts 7 to 14 days. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, do not take 2 doses at once (unless you have been instructed to do so). Contact your pharmacist if you are not sure what to do.
Apo-Amoxi may produce an allergic reaction which can range in severity from a mild rash or itching to a life-threatening reaction. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you experience rash, itching, fever, difficulty breathing, chest tightness or anything else that alarms you.
If diarrhea occurs (severe or persistent) contact your doctor or pharmacist. Do not treat the diarrhea without being instructed to do so.
Other products that have the same ingredient as Apo-Amoxi suspension are •Apo-Amoxi capsules •Apo-Amoxi Clav tablets •Auro-Amoxicillin capsules •Auro-Amoxicillin suspension •Auro-Amoxiclav tablets •Clavulin® suspension •Clavulin® tablets •Jamp Amoxi Clav tablet •Jamp Oseltamivir capsule •Jamp-Amoxicillin capsule •PMS-Amoxicillin capsules •PRO-Amox capsules •Sandoz Amoxi-clav tablets •Sanis-Amoxicillin capsules •Sanis-Amoxicillin sugar reduced suspension •Sanis-Amoxicillin Suspension •Siv-amoxicillin capsules •Siv-amoxicillin suspension •Teva-amoxicillin capsules •Teva-amoxicillin chewable tablets •Teva-amoxicillin sugar-reduced suspension •Teva-amoxicillin suspension •
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The usual dose for adults is 250mg to 500 mg every 8 hours. The usual dose for children is 25 to 50 mg for each kilogram of body weight per day in equally divided doses every 8 hours. For children at increased risk of antibiotic resistant infections, the suggested dose is 80 to 90 mg for each kilogram of body weight per day in three equally divided doses.
Amoxicillin is an antibiotic medication that kills various bacteria. It works by inhibiting the synthesis of one of the building blocks needed for the bacteria to make its cell wall. This results in a cell wall that is defective and more likely to rupture. The effectiveness of amoxicillin depends on factors such as dose, concentration in the blood as well as other body fluids and tissue, and susceptibility of the organism. Amoxicillin will only kill certain types of bacteria sensitive to its antibiotic action. Infections caused by bacteria that are not sensitive to amoxicillin will not show improvement after taking this medication.
Along with its needed effects, amoxicillin may cause some unwanted or undesirable effects. Generally, amoxicillin is well tolerated and many people will not experience unwanted effects. The frequency and severity of these effects is dependant on many factors including dose, duration of therapy and individual susceptibility. Possible unwanted effects include:
- allergy (e.g. hives, itching, rash, difficulty breathing)
- stomach upset
- appetite loss
- inflammation of the tongue
- bloody diarrhea
- pseudomembranous colitis (inflammation of the colon caused by the overgrowth and toxic production of certain bacteria, causing diarrhea)
- sore mouth and tongue
- black hairy tongue
Allergic reactions can occur with amoxicillin use. People with a history of allergy, asthma, hay fever or hives seem to be more susceptible to these reactions. The reaction can be immediate and severe. Allergic symptoms include wheezing, hives, itching, swelling, spasms in the throat and breathing tubes, joint and muscle pain, difficulty breathing, fever and skin rashes. Nausea and vomiting are not symptoms of an allergic reaction.
Amoxicillin is a semisynthetic penicillin. If you have an allergy to penicillin you should not take amoxicillin. Cephalosporins (e.g. cephalexin, cefaclor) are a distinct group of antibiotics related to penicillins. People allergic to cephalosporins may also be allergic to penicilins.
Taking the antibiotic repeatedly or for prolonged periods may result in bacterial or fungal overgrowth which can lead to a second infection. When this occurs, the amoxicillin may need to be stopped and another medication prescribed to treat the new infection.
Diarrhea often develops while taking amoxicillin. This is sometimes caused by an overgrowth of bacteria in the gut that are not killed by the antibiotic. In severe cases, this may be life threatening and would require treatment with other antibiotics. In mild cases, symptoms disappear shortly after the drug is discontinued.
Drug Interactions: It is important to tell your doctor and pharmacist of any prescription or over-the-counter medications you are taking. In some cases the dose of one or both drugs may need to be altered or another drug may be prescribed.
The following drugs or drug classes have been known to interact with amoxicillin:
- probenecid (e.g. Benemid®)
- erythromycin (e.g. Erythromid®)
- warfarin (e.g. Coumadin®)
Use is not recommended in the following situations:
- allergy to any penicillin.
Caution is recommended in the following situations:
- allergy to cephalosporins (e.g. cephalexin, cefaclor)
- kidney impairment
Use in pregnancy: Amoxicillin has been used in pregnant women without evidence of risk to the unborn baby. However, it should not be used during pregnancy unless clearly needed. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you suspect you are pregnant.
Use while breast-feeding: Amoxicillin does appear in low concentrations in breastmilk. It is generally considered safe to use while breast-feeding however consult your doctor or pharmacist before you use this medication while breast-feeding.