Amoxicillin is a penicillin antibiotic that fights bacteria. Amoxicillin is used to treat many different types of infection caused by bacteria, such as tonsillitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, gonorrhea, and infections of the ear, nose, throat, skin, or urinary tract. Amoxicillin is also sometimes used together with another antibiotic called clarithromycin (Biaxin) to treat stomach ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori infection. This combination is sometimes used with a stomach acid reducer called lansoprazole (Prevacid). There are many brands and forms of amoxicillin available and not all brands are listed on this leaflet. Do not use this medication if you are allergic to amoxicillin or to any other penicillin antibiotic, such as ampicillin (Omnipen, Principen), dicloxacillin (Dycill, Dynapen), oxacillin (Bactocill), penicillin (Beepen-VK, Ledercillin VK, Pen-V, Pen-Vee K, Pfizerpen, V-Cillin K, Veetids), and others. Before using amoxicillin, tell your doctor if you are allergic to cephalosporins such as Omnicef, Cefzil, Ceftin, Keflex, and others. Amoxicillin is indicated for the treatment of the following infections in adults and children (see section 4.2, 4.4 and 5.1). • Acute bacterial sinusitis • Acute streptococcal tonsillitis and pharyngitis • Acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis • Community acquired pneumonia • Acute otitis media • Acute cystitis • Acute pyelonephritis • Asymptomatic Bacteriuria in pregnancy • Typhoid and paratyphoid fevers • Dental abscess with spreading cellulitis • Prosthetic joint infections • Helicobacter pylori eradication • Lyme disease Amoxicillin is also indicated for the prophylaxis of endocarditis. Consideration should be given to official guidance on the appropriate use of antibacterial agents. The dose of Amoxicillin that is selected to treat an individual infection should take into account: • The expected pathogens and their likely susceptibility to antibacterial agents (see section 4.4) • The severity and the site of infection • The age, weight and renal function of the patient; as shown below The duration of therapy should be determined by the type of infection and the response of the patient, and should generally be as short as possible. Some infections require longer periods of treatment (see section 4.4 regarding prolonged therapy). Children may be treated with Amoxicillin capsules, dispersible tablets, suspensions or sachets. Amoxicillin Paediatric Suspension is recommended for children under six months of age. Therapy can be started parenterally according to the dosing recommendations of the intravenous formulation and continued with an oral preparation. Hypersensitivity to the active substance, to any of the penicillins or to any of the excipients listed in section 6.1. Before initiating therapy with amoxicillin, careful enquiry should be made concerning previous hypersensitivity reactions to penicillin and cephalosporins or other beta-lactam agents (see sections 4.3 and 4.8).
OVERDOSE If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison. persistent diarrhea, a severe decrease in the amount of urine or. A slight overdose of amoxicillin probably will not cause significant or lasting problems. However, a large amoxicillin overdose may affect your kidneys, resulting.