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Amoxil

AMOXIL

Amoxil (Amoxicillin) is a penicillin antibiotic used for the treatment of a number of bacterial infections, medicine is the first line treatment for middle ear infections.

Amoxil

Amoxil, also called amoxicillin is a type of penicillin antibiotic drug that helps in fighting against bacteria. This antibiotic helps in treating different types of infections that result from bacteria, like bronchitis, tonsillitis, gonorrhoea, pneumonia, and other infections of the nose, ear, skin, throat, or urinary tract.

Amoxil can even be used along with other antibiotics known as clarithromycin (Biaxin) for treating stomach ulcers that are caused by the Helicobacter pylori infection. Such a combination of antibiotics can be used with lansoprazole, a stomach acid reducer. Amoxil is found in different forms like capsules, powder form, or tablets.

Composition of amoxil

The primary ingredient of amoxil is amoxicillin. It is an analog of ampicillin and a semisynthetic antibiotic. The inactive ingredients in the capsules of amoxilinclude:

• D&C Red No. 28

• FD&C Blue No. 1

• Gelatin

• Titanium oxide

• Magnesium stearate

• FD&C Red No. 40

The inactive ingredients present in the tablets are:

• Colloidal silicon dioxide

• Magnesium stearate

• Titanium dioxide

• Sodium starch glycolate

• FD&C Red No. 30 aluminium lake

• Crospovidone

• Hypromellose

• Microcrystalline cellulose

Uses of amoxil

Amoxil is used for the treatment of many types of bacterial infections. It is a penicillin-type of antibiotic. It usually works by preventing the growth of the bacteria.

It is only useful in treating infections caused by bacteria. It doesn′t help in case of viral infection (like flu and common cold). Misuse or unnecessary usage of the drug can reduce its effectiveness.

Amoxicillin can even be used with the combination of other drugs for treating intestinal/stomach ulcers and may even prevent them from returning that may result from the bacteria H. pylori.

Side-effects of amoxil

Using amoxil can result in some side-effects which may require medical attention. Some of them are mentioned below:

• Dark urine

• Diarrhoea

• Cough

• Bloody nose

• Chills

• Bloating

• Chest pain

• Clay-coloured stools

• Blood in urine

• Bleeding gums

• Tarry, black stools

• Stomach cramps or tenderness

• Back, stomach and leg pain

• Loosening, blistering, or peeling of the skin

• Severe and watery diarrhoea

• Difficulty while swallowing

• Difficulty while breathing

• Fast heartbeat

• Dizziness

• Fever

• Feeling of discomfort

• Body swelling in general

• Heavier menstrual periods

• Headache

• Itching

• Joint inflammation

• Welts or hives

• Increased thirst

• Muscle or joint pain

• Loss of appetite

• Vomiting or nausea

• Muscle aches

• Pale skin

• Irritated, red eyes

• Sore throat

• Tenderness

• Swollen, lymph nodes

• Breathlessness

• Unpleasant odour of the breath

• Difficult and painful urination

• Unusual weight loss

• Sleeplessness

• Convulsions

• Confusion

• Agitation

Contraindications of Amoxil

The patient should not be allowed to take the medication if he/she has any of the following:

• Allergic reaction to penicillins betalactams

• Liver problems

• Serious kidney problems

• Blockage of the normal bile flow

• Clostridium Difficile Bacteria Related Colitis

Amoxil and pregnancy

Amoxil is considered to be widely safe, but the doctor should be informed beforehand if the patient is pregnant or plans on becoming pregnant. In most cases, the risks that might be caused should outweigh the benefits.

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