Amoxicillin (Amoxil®) is an antibiotic medication approved for the treatment of various types of infections. It is available by prescription only and comes in a number of forms, such as tablets. Amoxicillin is also available as chewable tablets, capsules, pediatric drops, and oral suspension (liquid).
For most conditions, amoxicillin is usually taken by mouth two or three times a day (except for gonorrhea, which is treated with a single, one-time dose). It can be taken either with food or on an empty stomach. Make sure to complete your entire prescription (even if you start feeling better), to ensure that the infection is completely treated.
Although most people respond well to amoxicillin, it may not be suitable for everyone. You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this antibiotic if you have:
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- A penicillin allergy
- Any other allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
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