Amoxicillin belongs to a group of drugs called the penicillins which originate from a form of fungi called Penicillium fungi. These drugs are used to treat bacterial infections by preventing the bacteria from forming cell walls and stopping them from growing. Amoxicillin kills the bacteria and eventually eradicates the infection.
As an antibiotic, amoxicillin is used to treat certain infections that have been caused by bacteria. The following are conditions that amoxicillin can be prescribed to treat on its own:
Amoxicillin can also be used in combination with another antibiotic called clarithromycin in order to treat stomach ulcers caused by H. pylori bacterial infection. These drugs can also be augmented with the use of lansoprazole to help reduce stomach acid and symptoms of acid reflux.
Health care providers sometimes prescribe amoxicillin for certain heart problems, to prevent chlamydia during pregnancy and as a prophylactic to prevent bacterial infection in newborns or of the heart valve after surgical procedures. Amoxicillin should only be used "off-label" if specifically recommended by a heath care provider.
Amoxicillin has also been recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Johns Hopkins Working Group on Civilian Biodefense as an "off-label" therapeutic option for patients that may have been exposed in inhalational anthrax. They recommend it as an option for patients who may not be able to have officially approved treatments.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
This list may not describe all possible side effects.
This article is strictly for informational purposes and, as always, it is recommended to get advice from your doctor and acquaint yourself with the possible side effects of taking Amoxil (Amoxicillin).