Amoxil (amoxicillin) is a penicillin antibiotic that fights bacteria. Capsules, chewable tablets, and oral suspensions of AMOXIL may be given without regard to meals. Food effect studies have not been performed with the 200-mg and 500-mg formulations.
Co-administration of amoxicillin and oral anticoagulation medication showed an increased international normalized ratio, which suggests a risk of bleeding.
A study conducted to determine if antibiotics are beneficial in treating patients with sinusitis complaints and other related symptoms (pus in the nasal cavity, facial pressure or nasal discharge lasting longer than seven days) found that Amoxil did not provide any significant benefits over a placebo. Although there were study patients whose symptoms did improve while on Amoxil, identifying these patients in advance and treating them with antibiotics may be difficult in a clinical setting. Treating patients unnecessarily with antibiotics may result in potential harm to the patient.
What is Amoxil for?
Various infections Dosages:
Ear, Nose, Throat: 500 mg every 12 hours or 250 mg every 8 hours.
Lower Respiratory Tract: 875 mg every 12 hours or 500 mg every 8 hours.
Skin, Skin Structure: 500 mg every 12 hours or 250 mg every 8 hours.
Genitourinary Tract: 500 mg every 12 hours or 250 mg every 8 hours.
Gonorrhea and urethral infections: 3 grams as single oral dose. All patients with gonorrhea should be evaluated for syphilis.
What are the benefits?
Kills susceptible bacteria causing infections
Amoxil rarely produces side effects
Available in multiple dosage forms for ease of administration
Amoxil is a broad-spectrum oral antibiotic which belongs to the aminopenicillin group of antibiotics. Drops are highly palatable and easy to dispense to cats and fussy dogs; capsules and tablets can be hidden in a treat or meal. Amoxil may be given with food.
How does Amoxil work? Amoxil blocks the bacteria from making a cell wall (the outer protective covering of the bacteria). As a result, the bacteria usually die.
How is it given? Amoxil is given orally and may be given with food. Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your doctor. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your doctor. Use all of the medication prescribed, even if your pet appears well. If the entire course of treatment is not given, the infection may recur or worsen.
What results can I expect? Amoxil is absorbed well from the digestive system and is distributed to many body tissues, making it effective against infections in multiple organs. It is active against many different types of bacteria. It is usually given two to three times a day for a number of days. If doses are missed or the entire treatment regimen is not completed, the infection could recur or worsen. Consult your doctor if the animal's condition does not improve or worsens after beginning treatment with Amoxil.
What form(s) does it come in? Tablet, capsule and oral suspension.
Hypersensitivity reactions are more likely in patients with a history of allergy, asthma, hay fever, or urticaria. Erythematous maculopapular rashes occur frequently in patients with infectious mononucleosis who take amoxicillin these may be due to hypersensitivity. Gastrointestinal side effects have included diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, generalized abdominal cramps, colitis, hemorrhagic colitis, pseudomembranous colitis. Renal side effects have included crystalluria and acute interstitial nephritis, often associated with fever, rash and eosinophilia. Hematologic side effects associated with penicillins have included thrombocytopenia, anemia, leukopenia, thrombocytopenic purpura, agranulocytosis, hemolytic anemia, eosinophilia, and granulocytopenia. Immunologic side effects have included mucocutaneous candidiasis and vulvovaginal mycotic infection. Rare cases of psychosis associated with amoxicillin therapy have been reported but may have been due to underlying infection or concomitant medication.Other side effects have rarely included brown, yellow, or gray tooth discoloration, primarily in pediatric patients. Brushing or dental cleaning reduced or eliminated the discoloration in most cases.
Amoxil Directions and Recommendations
It should be recognized that in the treatment of chronic urinary tract infections, frequent bacteriological and clinical appraisals are necessary. Smaller doses than those recommended above should not be used. Even higher doses may be needed at times. In stubborn infections, therapy may be required for several weeks. It may be necessary to continue clinical and/or bacteriological follow-up for several months after cessation of therapy. Except for gonorrhea, treatment should be continued for a minimum of 48 to 72 hours beyond the time that the patient becomes asymptomatic or evidence of bacterial eradication has been obtained. It is recommended that there be at least 10 days treatment for any infection caused by Streptococcus pyogenes to prevent the occurrence of acute rheumatic fever.
Caution should be used in the elderly since they may be more sensitive to the effects of this drug.
Hormonal birth control (eg, birth control pills) may not work as well while you are using Amoxil.
Contact your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine if:
you are allergic to any medications;
you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant or are breast-feeding.
Active ingredient: amoxicillin