- amoxicillin trihydrate
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Amoxicillin 250mg & 500mg Capsules BP
Package leaflet: Information for the user
AMOXICILLIN 250mg CAPSULES BP
AMOXICILLIN 500mg CAPSULES 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 Capsules are and what they are used for
2. What you need to know before you take Amoxicillin Capsules
3. How to take Amoxicillin Capsules
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Amoxicillin Capsules
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT AMOXICILLIN CAPSULES ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR
What Amoxicillin Capsules are
Amoxicillin Capsules are antibiotics. The active ingredient is amoxicillin. This belongs to a group of medicines called ‘penicillin’.
What Amoxicillin Capsules are used for
Amoxicillin Capsules are used to treat infections caused by bacteria in different parts of the body. Amoxicillin Capsules may also be used in combination with other medicines to treat stomach ulcers.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE AMOXICILLIN CAPSULES
Do not take Amoxicillin Capsules:
Do not take Amoxicillin Capsules if any of the above apply. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Amoxicillin Capsules.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Amoxicillin Capsules if you:
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Amoxicillin Capsules.
Blood and urine tests
If you are having:
Tell your doctor or pharmacist that you are taking Amoxicillin. This is because Amoxicillin Capsules can affect the results of these tests.
Other medicines and Amoxicillin Capsules
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 Capsules 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.
3. HOW TO TAKE AMOXICILLIN CAPSULES
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 the child’s body weight in kilograms.
Adults, elderly patients and children weighing 40 kg or more
The usual dose of Amoxicillin Capsules is 250 mg to 500 mg three times a day or 750 mg to 1 g every 12 hours, depending on the severity and type of infection.
If you have kidney problems the dose might be lower than the usual dose.
If you take more Amoxicillin Capsules than you should
If you have taken too much Amoxicillin Capsules, 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 Capsules
How long should you take Amoxicillin for?
Thrush (a yeast infection of moist areas of the body which can cause soreness, itching and white discharge) may develop if Amoxicillin is used for a long time. If this occurs tell your doctor.
If you take Amoxicillin Capsules 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 Capsules 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 your medicine and see your doctor straight away.
Sometimes you may get less severe skin reaction such as:
If you have any of these talk to your doctor as Amoxicillin Capsules will need to be stopped.
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 CAPSULES
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 after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not store above 25°C. Protect from light and moisture.
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 Capsules contain
What Amoxicillin Capsules look like and contents of the pack
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
This leaflet was last revised January 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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