How to Take Amoxicillin and Dose of Amoxicillin


Find out how to take Amoxicillin (drug) and its dose. Describes the best time to take the drug and precautions if any that should be followed.

How to take Amoxicillin


How it should be taken  

Amoxicillin comes as a tablet, capsule, chewable tablet, syrup and pediatric drops to take by mouth. It is usually taken every 12 hours (twice a day) or every 8 hours (three times a day) with or without food. It is recommended that at least 10 days' treatment for any infection caused by Streptococcus pyogens to prevent the occurrence of acute rheumatic fever.

Dosage & When it is to be taken

Adult- PO- The recommended dose range is 0.25 to 3gm.
Child- The recommended dose is 25 mg/kg/day in divided doses every 12 hours.

When it is not to be taken (Contraindications) 

Hypersensitivity.

Why it is prescribed (Indications)  

This medication is a penicillin-like , β-lactam antibiotic. It is used to treat bacterial infections caused by susceptible microorganisms. It prevents the bacterial growth and is used in the treatment of a number of infections such as pneumonia, bronchitis, gonorrhea, and infections of the ears, nose, throat, urinary tract, and skin. 

Pregnancy Category

Category B : Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women OR Animal studies have shown an adverse effect, but adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in any trimester.

Warnings and Precautions  

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of kidney disease, allergies,asthma, hay fever, hives, any allergy to any other penicillin antibiotic/cephalosporins, who are taking other medications, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Take full course of treatment.
Avoid long-term use of this medication; otherwise it may cause secondary infection.
Patient may experience stomach pain, severe diarrhea, blood in stool; if it so consult with your doctor.
Monitor liver function, kidney function and complete blood cell counts regularly while taking this medication.
Amoxicillin can make birth control pills less effective, therefore using a non-hormone method of birth control is recommended while on amoxicillin.

Storage Conditions  

Capsules and dry powders should be stored at or below 20 C (68 F) and chewable tablets should be stored at room temperature (20-25C), and in an airtight container. Keep away from children.

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