Antibiotic Amoxil (amoxicillin)
Amoxil is an antibiotic which is used to fight the bacteria. This penicillin antibiotic may be used to treat a variety of infections which are caused by bacteria like bronchitis, tonsillitis, pneumonia, gonorrhoea, & infections of the nose, throat, ear, skin or urinary tract. Amoxil is sometimes also used with other antibiotic like clarithromycin (Biaxin) for the treatment of stomach ulcers caused due to Helicobacter pylori infection.
Composition of Amoxil
Amoxil which includes the active ingredient amoxicillin, is a semisynthetic antibiotic, which is an analogto ampicillin, does a broad scale of bactericidal action against several Gram-negative microorganisms and Gram-positive .
A capsule of amoxil, having a pink opaque body & a royal blue coloured opaque cap contains 250 or 500 mg of amoxicillin as trihydrate. The cap &the body of both the types of capsules is printed with the medicine name and the brand. Along with its active ingredient strength. Inactive ingredients for Amoxil includes D&C Red Number 28, FD&C Red number 40, FD&C Blue number 1, titanium dioxide, gelatine and magnesium stearate.
A tablet of Amoxil, having a film coated pink coloured tablet may be of 500 or 875 mg amoxicillin as trihydrate. This capsule shaped tablet is debossed with Amoxil and the brand name along with the strength of the active ingredient. The Inactive ingredients for Amoxil tablets include Colloidal silicon dioxide, FD &C Red number 30 Aluminum Lake, crospovidone,hypromellose, titanium dioxide, magnesium stearate, polyethylene glycol, microcrystalline cellulose & sodium starch glycolate.
Powder of Amozil for Oral Suspension needs to be suspended in water and each 5 millilitre of reconstituted suspension has around 125 milligram, 200 milligram, 250 milligram or 400 milligram amoxicillin as atrihydrate with 0.11 mEq, 0.15 mEq, 0.15 mEq and 0.19 mEq of sodium respectively. The Inactive ingredients of amoxil include FD&C Red number 3, silica gel, flavorings, sodium benzoate, sucrose, sodium citrate and xanthan gum.
Uses of Amoxil
Amoxicillin is used for the treatment of infections caused by bacteria which include infections of the ear, tonsils, larynx, throat, bronchi (bronchitis), skin, urinary tract and lungs (pneumonia). This medication is also used in the treatment of gonorrhoea
Side Effects of Amoxil
The side effects of Amoxilinclude:
- difficulty in breathing
- Swelling on the face
- bloody diarrhea
- Swollen gums
- Painful mouth sores
- Pain when swallowing
- Skin sores
- Swollen glands
- Rash or itching
- Joint pain
- paling or yellowing of skin or eyes
- Dark coloured urine
- bleeding from the nose
Contraindications of Amoxil
Amoxil should not be used by people allergic to ampicillin, dicloxacillin, penicillin, oxacillinor ticarcillin.
Pregnancy and Amoxil
Amoxil is safe to be taken during pregnancy. However, small amount of amoxicillin may get excreted in the breast milk which may cause diarrhea or allergic responses in case of nursing infants. Amoxicillin is considered safe for use during breastfeeding and may be administered to kids to treat infections.