amoxicillin, Amoxil, Dispermox (Discontinued), Trimox, Moxatag, Larotid

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GENERIC NAME: amoxicillin

BRAND NAME: Moxatag

DISCONTINUED BRANDS: Amoxil, Dispermox, Trimox, and Larotid

PRESCRIPTION: Yes.

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes.

USES: Amoxicillin is used to treat infections due to bacteria that are susceptible to the effects of amoxicillin. Common bacterial infections that amoxicillin is used for include infections of the middle ear, tonsils, throat, larynx (laryngitis), bronchi (bronchitis), lungs (pneumonia), urinary tract, and skin. It also is used to treat gonorrhea.

SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects due to amoxicillin include:

People who are allergic to the cephalosporin class of antibiotics, which are related to the penicillins, for example, cefaclor (Ceclor), cephalexin (Keflex), and cefprozil (Cefzil), may or may not be allergic to penicillins.

Serious but rare reactions include:

Amoxicillin can alter the normal bacteria in the colon and encourage overgrowth of some bacteria such as Clostridium difficile which causes inflammation of the colon (pseudomembranous colitis). Patients who develop signs of pseudomembranous colitis after starting amoxicillin (diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain, and possibly shock) should contact their physician immediately.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/30/2016



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