An oral medication, amoxicillin (Amoxil®) is used for treating a wide variety of different infections. It is a type of antibiotic that works to fight infections by stopping bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die.
There are currently several different forms of this drug: oral suspension (liquid), tablets, chewable tablets, capsules, and pediatric drops. For most conditions, the medicine is typically taken by mouth two or three times a day. It can be taken either with food or on an empty stomach.
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:
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Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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