Amoxicillin Medicine Information
Amoxicillin (Amoxil®) is an antibiotic that can be prescribed to treat various types of bacterial infections, including urinary tract infections, ear infections, and gonorrhea. It comes in many different forms (capsules, tablets, chewable tablets, pediatric drops, and oral suspension) and is typically taken two or three times a day.
Amoxicillin belongs to a group of medications known as aminopenicillins, which is part of a larger group of medications known as beta-lactam antibiotics (named after the ring-like "lactam" structure of these antibiotics). It works by stopping bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die.
Before you start taking amoxicillin, information on the medicine should be reviewed with your healthcare provider to help ensure a safe treatment process. For example, it is important to know what side effects may occur with this medication (common side effects include rashes, diarrhea, and vomiting). You should also talk to your healthcare provider before starting amoxicillin if you are pregnant or have kidney disease, phenylketonuria, or a penicillin allergy.
(Click Amoxicillin for more information, including dosing guidelines, a list of various forms and strengths for the drug, and other important warnings and precautions.)