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Amoxicillin is an antibiotic, specifically a penicillin antibiotic, that fights infection of the bacterial variety. It can be used as a solo custom drug, or in combination with other antibiotics as prescribed by a physician. Amoxicillin is often used to treat infections such as pneumonia, bronchitis, tonsillitis, gonorrhea, and other infections of the throat, skin, urinary tract area, and of the ear and nose.

How to Use Amoxicillin

Amoxicillin is typically taken every 8 or 12 hours as directed by your physician. The antibiotic is taken orally with or without food; ask your physician what is best for you. It is extremely important to follow your physician's specific instructions on dosage. Once given direction from your physician, never deviate from your schedule for dosage or amount of dosage.

Possible Side Effects

Medications of all types may cause side effects. Amoxicillin may cause any of the following common side effects:

  • Vomiting or Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Rash

If any of the above side effects continue and seem to linger, consult with your compounding pharmacist or physician. While it is not common, sometimes severe reactions to amoxicillin can occur. Watch for signs of potentially severe reactions and seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • Blistering that May Cause Open Sores
  • Flu Type Symptoms such as Body Aches, Sore Throat, or Fever, etc.
  • Any Rash that is Spreading (may be purple or red in color)
  • Yellowing of Skin or in the Eyes
  • Pain of the Stomach
  • Other Symptoms Typical of Liver Issues

Also, if you experience swelling of the tongue or throat, or have difficulty breathing, call 911 immediately.


Amoxicillin can interact with other drugs in many ways. Thus, it is imperative for you to consult with your physician and discuss all the drugs you are currently taking or are prescribed to take before beginning any course of amoxicillin.

If you suffer or have suffered from liver problems, mono, or have a clostridium infection, blockage of bile flow, or have renal impairment then amoxicillin may not be the right custom drug for you.

Consult with your physician before taking amoxicillin if you have or have had problems with any of the aforementioned. Consult with your physician before taking amoxicillin if you have allergies to any drugs especially betalactams or penicillins. Do not take amoxicillin if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy unless you first discuss this with your physician and your physician approves your use of the drug. Do not take if you are currently breast feeding or planning to begin breast feeding.

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