Amoxil is a brand name for Amoxicillin which is an antibiotic drug class of drugs in the penicillin category. Amoxicillin fights bacteria throughout the body.
Amoxicillin is used to treat different ailments such as tonsillitis, pneumonia, ear infections, bronchitis, and infections of the urinary tract and skin. You should not take Amoxicillin if you had had an allergic reaction to penicillin or to another cephalosporin. You should consult your physician before taking amoxicillin. Amoxicillin is classed in the Federal Drug Administration pregnancy category B which means it does not pose harm to an unborn child. Even though it is classed in this category you should consult a physician if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant while using amoxicillin. Amoxicillin passes into the breast milk of a pregnant mother and even though there have not been serious problems reported amoxicillin may cause things such as a yeast infection, diarrhea, or an allergic reaction to the infant that is nursing.
Amoxicillin should be taken by the instructions of your physician. It should be taken at intervals which are evenly spaced throughout the day and evening as to keep the level in the blood high enough to be able to treat the infection. Take the, chewable or capsules, with a full glass of water and make sure, if they are chewable tablets, to chew the tablets before swallowing them.
There are no restrictions in the intake of food or beverages while taking amoxicillin as well as no restrictions on physical activities unless specifically directed by your physician.
There are some possible side effects while taking amoxicillin. Make sure to immediately contact your physician if you have severe diarrhea or there is blood in it. If you have cramps as well after taking amoxicillin you should consult your physician. Some of the more serious side effects, which if they should occur, you must consult your physician right away and seek emergency medical attention. These symptoms can include seizures, unusual bleeding, and unusual bruising. Also if you experience any type of allergic reaction such as shortness of breath, the closing of the throat, rashes, fainting, hives, or any type of swelling of the lips, face, or tongue consult your physician.
There are other side effects that are not as serious when taking amoxicillin but you should still consult your physician if any of them occur. These are more likely to occur but continue with the treatment of amoxicillin and consult your physician. Some of these side effects include mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain. White patches on the tongue can be a side effect of this less serious nature. An itching or vaginal discharge can mean a vaginal yeast infection. Having a darkened tongue and soreness of the mouth and tongue can also be a side effect. All of these are less serious side effects of amoxicillin but you should consult your physician if they occur nonetheless.
Some other side effects, which are more uncomfortable and bothersome than being serious, can occur as well and a physician should be consulted.