Factors that affect an Amoxil® dosage include the age and weight of the patient and the type of infection that the antibiotic is being used to treat. Other medications that are being taken, as well as current medical conditions may also play a role in an Amoxil® dosage. Amoxil® is used to treat bacterial infections such as strep throat, urinary tract infections, ear infections, and gonorrhea. It is used in both children and adults, as well as in babies. This antibiotic is generally taken twice or three times a day, depending on the recommendation of the health care provider.
Although the standard Amoxil®dosage is generally tolerated by most people who take it, both mild and serious side effects can occur. One of the most common side effects of Amoxil® is stomach upset and diarrhea. Sometimes, the diarrhea can become so severe, that it causes dehydration. When diarrhea occurs, it is important for the patient to drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrated. The patient should never discontinue his antibiotic treatment unless this is recommended by the health care provider.
Other side effects from a standard Amoxil® dosage may include vomiting, dizziness, insomnia, and even tooth discoloration. Tooth discoloration typically occurs only in children and improves after tooth brushing or professional cleanings. Jaundice, dark urine, and pain in the upper right portion of the abdomen can also occur even with the lowest Amoxil® dosage. These symptoms can signal liver damage and if this occurs, the health care provider should be called at once. Yeast infections can also occur as a result of taking Amoxil®, as can anxiety, and in rare instances, seizures.
Allergic reactions can also occur such as itching, rash, and hives. Severe and sometimes life-threatening allergic reactions can also occur and cause wheezing, shortness of breath, and swelling of the throat, lips, and mouth. These symptoms are considered medical emergencies and if they occur, the patient needs to seek immediate medical attention. The sooner the patient receives treatment, the better the long-term prognosis.
Amoxil® has the potential to interact with other medications, including birth control pills, medications used to manage gout, and other antibiotics. It is important that the health care provider be made aware of other medications the patient is receiving before he prescribes Amoxil® to avoid potential drug interactions. Patients with kidney disease, or who have allergies to either preservatives, certain foods or dyes should alert their health care providers prior to taking any Amoxil® dosage. Women who are pregnant or nursing also should discuss the drug with doctors before using it.