Available as a liquid or a pill, amoxicillin (Amoxil®) is a prescription medication licensed to treat a variety of different infections, including upper respiratory tract infections, ear infections, and nose infections. It is an antibiotic that belongs to a class of drugs called aminopenicillins.
This medicine is available in many different forms and strengths. The pills (tablets, chewable tablets, and capsules) and oral solutions (pediatric drops and liquid suspension) are typically taken two or three times a day, either with food or on an empty stomach. It is important to finish your entire prescription, even if you start feeling better, to ensure that the infection is completely treated.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with amoxicillin. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. Some of the possible side effects of amoxicillin include, but are not limited to:
- Nausea and vomiting
(Click Amoxicillin for more information on when and how to take amoxicillin, to learn about other specific uses for this antibiotic, and to find out how this medicine works to fight infections.)