Amoxil Side Effects

Most patients who take Amoxil do not experience any side effects. In fact, it is rare to encounter major side effects in any patient taking the Amoxil drug. Nevertheless, there are certain precautions you may take that can reduce your chances of experiencing any side effects resulting from this drug. A few things to watch out for in order to reduce your chances of side effects:

  • 1) Take only the amount prescribed; no more, no less. Never deviate from the recommended amount; even if you feel your condition has been handled. In this case, you should ask your prescribing physician for professional instruction.
  • 2) Do not miss doses, or double up on doses.
  • 3) Do not take with alcohol.
  • 4) Talk with your doctor (prior to starting your Amoxil prescription) about any history you may have had with the following conditions:
    • a) Diabetes
    • b) Asthma
    • c) Hay fever
    • d) Viral infection
    • e) Leukemia
    • f) Phenylketonuria (an inherited error of metabolism)
    • g) Eczema
    • h) Hives
    • i) Other allergies
    • j) Kidney disease
    • k) Mononucleosis
    • l) Colitis (inflammatory bowel disease)
    • m) Intestinal problems
    • n) Other chronic illness
    • o) Any unusual or allergic reaction to amoxicillin, other penicillins, cephalosporin antibiotics, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives.

Any of the above conditions may make you unable to take Amoxil and/or may increase your risk of enduring side effects. So make sure you let your physician know about any of these occurrences before you start your Amoxil prescription.

Though Amoxil reactions are very uncommon, here is a list of the side effects that may occur while taking Amoxil:

  • Mild skin rash
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Upset stomach
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea

Side effects which are very rare, and should be reported to your doctor right away include:

  • Wheezing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain or difficulty passing urine
  • Hives
  • Vaginal infection
  • Colitis
  • Unusual weakness or tiredness
  • Anemia
  • Severe skin rash
  • Difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • Severe or watery diarrhea
  • Convulsions
  • Insomnia
  • Liver problems and jaundice
  • Anxiety
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Seizures
  • Agitation
  • Confusion
  • Dark yellow or brown urine
  • Any peeling, blistering, or loosening of the skin (including inside the mouth)

When the Amoxil drug is used in combination with Prevacid and/or Biaxin for the treatment of ulcers, the most common side effects are:

  • Changes in taste sensation
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache

If you are a diabetic patient taking Amoxil for any reason, be aware that Amoxil may cause a false positive Clinitest (urine glucose test) result to occur. Ask your prescribing physician which specific test he advises you to take. medschat.com recommends that you use TesTape or Clinistix (not Clinitest) to test your urine for sugar levels while taking the Amoxil prescription.

For infections such as strep throat, it is very important to complete the entire amount of Amoxil prescribed by your physician. Even if you feel your condition has been handled, you should continue taking Amoxil until the entire prescription is finished. If you stop taking Amoxil sooner than this, you may get other infections, such as glomerulonephritis (kidney infection) or even rheumatic fever.

Possible Drug Interactions

Another way to reduce risk of side effects is to make sure you do not take an interacting medicine concurrently with Amoxil. A list of possible interacting medicines (or prescriptions) is as follows:

  • Neomycin
  • Probenecid
  • Methotrexate
  • Birth control pills
  • Allopurinol
  • Penicillin
  • Cephalosporin

* If you are allergic to any version of; either penicillin or cephalosporin antibiotics, consult with your doctor before taking Amoxil. It is possible that you are allergic to both types of medication, and if a reaction occurs, it could be extremely severe.

Let your physician know if you are currently taking any herbal products or nutritional supplements. Also let your doctor know if you are a frequent caffeine or alcohol consumer, if you smoke, or if you use ANY other legal or illegal drugs. All of these may impair the expected results of your Amoxil prescription.

* Let your prescriber know if you are currently pregnant or breast feeding!