- amoxicillin trihydrate
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Amoxicillin 125mg/5ml & 250mg/5ml Oral Suspension BP
Package leaflet: Information for the user
AMOXICILLIN 125 mg/5 ml ORAL SUSPENSION BP
AMOXICILLIN 250 mg/5 ml ORAL SUSPENSION BP
Amoxicillin (as amoxicillin trihydrate)
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains important information for you.
What is in this leaflet
1. What Amoxicillin Oral Suspension is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Amoxicillin Oral Suspension
3. How to take Amoxicillin Oral Suspension
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Amoxicillin Oral Suspension
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT AMOXICILLIN ORAL SUSPENSION IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
What Amoxicillin Oral Suspension is
Amoxicillin Oral Suspension is an antibiotic. The active ingredient is amoxicillin. This belongs to a group of medicines called ‘penicillin’.
What Amoxicillin Oral Suspension is used for
Amoxicillin Oral Suspension is used to treat infections caused by bacteria in different parts of the body. Amoxicillin Oral Suspension may also be used in combination with other medicines to treat stomach ulcers.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE AMOXICILLIN ORAL SUSPENSION
Do not take Amoxicillin Oral Suspension:
Do not take Amoxicillin Oral Suspension if any of the above apply. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Amoxicillin Oral Suspension.
Warnings and Precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Amoxicillin Oral Suspension if you:
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Amoxicillin Oral Suspension.
Blood and urine tests
If you are having:
Tell your doctor or pharmacist that you are taking Amoxicillin Oral Suspension. This is because Amoxicillin Oral Suspension can affect the results of these tests.
Other medicines and Amoxicillin Oral Suspension
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Driving and using machines
Amoxicillin Oral Suspension can have side effects and the symptoms (such as allergic reactions, dizziness and convulsions) may make you unfit to drive.
Do not drive or operate machinery unless you are feeling well.
Amoxicillin 125 mg/5 ml & 250 mg/5 ml Oral Suspension BP contains sucrose and sodium benzoate
Amoxicillin 250 mg/5 ml Oral Suspension BP contains 2.72g of sucrose per 5ml, Amoxicillin 125 mg/5 ml Oral Suspension BP contains 2.68g of sucrose per 5ml.
3. HOW TO TAKE AMOXICILLIN ORAL SUSPENSION
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
The usual dose is:
Children weighing less than 40 kg
All doses are worked out depending on your child’s body weight in kilograms.
Adults, elderly patients and children weighing 40 kg or more
This suspension is not usually prescribed for adults and children weighing more than 40 kg.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
If you have kidney problems the dose might be lower than the usual dose.
If you take more Amoxicillin Oral Suspension than you should
If you have taken too much Amoxicillin Oral Suspension, signs might be an upset stomach (feeling sick, being sick or diarrhoea) or crystals in the urine, which may be seen as cloudy urine, or problems urinating. Talk to your doctor as soon as possible. Take the medicine to show the doctor.
If you forget to take Amoxicillin Oral Suspension
How long should you take Amoxicillin Oral Suspension for?
Thrush (a yeast infection of moist areas of the body which can cause soreness, itching and white discharge) may develop if Amoxicillin Oral Suspension is used for a long time. If this occurs tell your doctor.
If you take Amoxicillin Oral Suspension for a long time, your doctor may perform additional tests to check your kidneys, liver and blood are working normally.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Stop taking Amoxicillin Oral Suspension and see a doctor straight away, if you notice any of the following serious side effects – you may need urgent medical treatment:
The following are very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
These can happen when having the medicine or for up to several weeks after.
If any of the above happens stop taking the medicine and see your doctor straight away.
Sometimes you may get less severe skin reactions such as:
If you have any of these talk to your doctor as Amoxicillin Oral Suspension will need to be stopped.
The other possible side effects are:
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the yellow card scheme at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE AMOXICILLIN ORAL SUSPENSION
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the label. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Protect from light.
Do not store above 25°C.
Once made up, store for 7 days at 2°C-8°C in a refrigerator.
Do not use this medicine if there are visible signs of deterioration.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Amoxicillin Oral Suspension BP contains
What Amoxicillin Oral Suspension BP looks like and contents of the pack
Amoxicillin 125 mg/5 ml and 250 mg/5 ml Oral Suspension BP is available as a pale yellow granular dry powder in a bottle for preparation of a yellow suspension with a lemon odour and flavour. When prepared by the pharmacist, the 125 mg/5 ml bottle contains 100 ml of suspension and the 250 mg/5 ml bottle contains 100 ml of suspension.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
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This leaflet was last revised in July 2020.
General advice regarding the use of antibiotics
Antibiotics are used to treat infections caused by bacteria. They have no effect against infections caused by viruses.
Sometimes an infection caused by bacteria does not respond to a course of an antibiotic.
One of the commonest reasons for this to occur is because the bacteria causing the infection are resistant to the antibiotic that is being taken.
This means that they can survive and even multiply despite the antibiotic.
Bacteria can become resistant to antibiotics for many reasons. Using antibiotics carefully can help to reduce the chance of bacteria becoming resistant to them.
When your doctor prescribes a course of an antibiotic it is intended to treat only your current illness. Paying attention to the following advice will help prevent the emergence of resistant bacteria that could stop the antibiotic working.
1. It is very important that you take the antibiotic at the right dose, at the right times and for the right number of days. Read the instructions on the label and if you do not understand anything ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain.
2. You should not take an antibiotic unless it has been prescribed specifically for you and you should use it only to treat the infection for which it was prescribed.
3. You should not take antibiotics that have been prescribed for other people even if they had an infection that was similar to yours.
4. You should not give antibiotics that were prescribed for you to other people.
5. If you have any antibiotic left over when you have taken the course as directed by your doctor you should take the remainder to a pharmacy for appropriate disposal.
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