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amoxicillin Side Effects
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- breathing problems
- dark urine
- redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
- severe or watery diarrhea
- trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- unusually weak or tired
- yellowing of the eyes or skin
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- stomach upset
- trouble sleeping
amoxicillin May Interact with Other Medications
- birth control pills
How to Use amoxicillin
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Take this medicine within 1 hour of finishing a meal. Do not cut, crush or chew this medicine. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Take all of your medicine as directed even if you think your are better. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine early.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- kidney disease
- an unusual or allergic reaction to amoxicillin, other penicillins, cephalosporin antibiotics, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve in 2 or 3 days. Take all of the doses of your medicine as directed. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine early.
If you are diabetic, you may get a false positive result for sugar in your urine with certain brands of urine tests. Check with your doctor.
Do not treat diarrhea with over-the-counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if the diarrhea is severe and watery.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Keep bottle closed tightly. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
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Last Updated: March 17, 2009