Always consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking amoxicillin powder for suspension. In particular, talk to your health care providers in case of allergic reactions. If you are taking other medicines, or you think you may need to use an alternative form of amoxicillin, always remember to ask your doctor’s opinion first. In these cases it’s useful to keep with you a list of all the drugs you are taking. Talk to him before starting any new cure as well, vitamins and natural products included.
If your condition does not improve or becomes worse, then call your health care providers. Never use this medicine for a longer period of time than you have been told by your doctor or in smaller/larger doses.
Driving or operating machinery should be avoided until you know how amoxicillin affects you, as it may cause an adverse reaction.
Do NOT use amoxicillin powder for suspension if:
- You are allergic to amoxicillin, cephalosporins, or to any other penicillin antibiotic;
- You have asthma, liver or kidney disease, a bleeding clotting disorder, or mononucleosis;
- You are taking a tetracycline antibiotic.
Use of amoxicillin powder during pregnancy or breastfeeding does not appear to be harmful. Consult your doctor or health care professional before taking amoxicillin.
Indications and Usage
In order to avoid the development of drug-resistant bacteria and maintain the effectiveness of amoxicillin and other antibacterial drugs, amoxicillin for oral suspension should be used only to treat infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by bacteria.
Administration and Dosage
Refer to your doctor or pharmacist for guidelines on dosage. Do not exceed what they advise. The usual dosage for adults is 500mg. The usual dosage for children is 40mg – 90mg a day depending on age and body weight. Do not take amoxicillin with alcohol. Consult with your doctor for any doubts or questions before you start your treatment with amoxicillin.
Among the drugs which may interact with amoxicillin powder for suspension we can include: probenecid, which decreases the renal tubular secretion of amoxicillin (concurrent use of amoxicillin and probenecid may result in increased and prolonged blood levels of amoxicillin); oral anticoagulants (appropriate monitoring and adjustments in the dose of oral anticoagulants may be necessary when anticoagulants are prescribed concurrently); allopurinol, which administered at the same time of amoxicillin increases the incidence of rashes; oral contraceptives (amoxicillin can reduce efficacy of combined oral estrogen/progesterone contraceptives); other antibacterial drugs such as chloramphenicol, macrolides, sulfonamides, and tetracycline that may interfere with the bactericidal effects of penicillin.
Amoxicillin may also affect the results of some laboratory tests.
For a comprehensive list of the medicines which may interact with amoxicillin, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or health care specialists.
If you take a larger dose than you should take, tell your doctor, pharmacist or health care specialist immediately even if you don’t feel bad. Bring with you the container and tell them about the amount you took and related timing.
Adverse Reactions and Precautions
Amoxicillin is contraindicated in patients who have experienced a serious hypersensitivity reaction such as anaphylaxis or Stevens-Johnson syndrome to amoxicillin or to other β-lactam antibiotic like penicillin and cephalosporin.
Severe and deadly hypersensitivity anaphylactic reactions have been recorded in patients who chose penicillin as a treatment, including amoxicillin. These reactions are more likely to occur in individuals with a history of penicillin hypersensitivity and/or a history of sensitivity to multiple allergens. To avoid undesired reactions, before starting the treatment with amoxicillin, careful inquiry should be made regarding previous hypersensitivity reactions to the above-mentioned.
Adverse reactions identified during post-marketing use of penicillin include: infections and infestations as mucocutaneous candidiasis, gastrointestinal problems such as black hairy tongue, and hemorrhagic/pseudomembranous colitis; hypersensitivity reactions as anaphylaxis ; serum sickness–like reactions, erythematous maculopapular rashes, erythema multiforme, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, exfoliative dermatitis, toxic epidermal necrolysis, acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis, hypersensitivity vasculitis, and urticarial; liver diseases such as hepatic dysfunction including cholestatic jaundice, hepatic cholestasis and acute cytolytic hepatitis; renal problems lik crystalluria; hemic and lymphatic systems problems such as anemia, including hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, thrombocytopenic purpura, eosinophilia, leukopenia, and agranulocytosis (these reactions are usually reversible on discontinuation of therapy and are believed to be hypersensitivity phenomena); central nervous system such as reversible hyperactivity, agitation, anxiety, insomnia, confusion, convulsions, behavioral changes, and/or dizziness have been reported; miscellaneous problems such as tooth discoloration (brown, yellow, or gray staining), which is usually reversible.