Moxatag Uses

Adults and children age 12 and older can take Moxatag to treat strep throat, provided the infection is caused by a specific type of bacteria. This prescription antibiotic works by inhibiting bacteria's ability to build cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die. Prescribing this medication for treating or preventing other types of infections are possible off-label Moxatag uses.

What Is Moxatag Used For?

Moxatag™ (amoxicillin ER) is a prescription antibiotic approved for the treatment of strep throat that is caused by a type of bacteria known as Streptococcus pyogenes (S. pyogenes). It is taken just once a day for 10 days.
 
Strep throat is a painful infection of the throat and tonsils usually caused by S. pyogenes bacteria, although other types of bacteria (as well as viruses) may also infect the throat. Some of the common symptoms of strep throat include:
 
  • An irritated, red, sore throat
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • White patches in the throat.
     
Although rare, untreated cases of strep throat can progress to rheumatic fever, a dangerous condition that can cause significant problems, such as damaged heart valves.
 

How Does It Work?

Moxatag belongs to a group of medications known as aminopenicillins, which is part of a larger group of drugs known as beta-lactam antibiotics (named after the ring-like "lactam" structure of these antibiotics). Moxatag works by stopping bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die.
 
Amoxicillin (the active ingredient) causes "concentration-dependent killing" of bacteria. Essentially, this means that amoxicillin will be most effective if a certain minimum blood level is maintained for the longest period of time. This is why most amoxicillin products should be taken multiple times per day.
 
However, Moxatag is uniquely designed to provide three separate releases of the medication, prolonging the time that the minimum effective blood levels are achieved. This allows the medication to be taken just once a day and to be taken at a lower dosage, compared to most other amoxicillin products.
 
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