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1. Name of the medicinal product

Amoxicillin 250 mg Capsules BP

Respillin 250 mg Capsules

2. Qualitative and quantitative composition

Each hard capsule contains amoxicillin trihydrate equivalent to 250 mg amoxicillin.

For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1.

3. Pharmaceutical form

Capsules, hard

Size 2 for the 250 mg capsules, with a scarlet/ivory opaque hard gelatin capsule with 'AMOX 250' printed on the capsule shell.

4. Clinical particulars
4.1 Therapeutic indications

Amoxicillin Capsules are indicated for the treatment of the following infections in adults and children (see sections 4.2, 4.4 and 5.1):

• Acute bacterial sinusitis

• Acute otitis media

• Acute streptococcal tonsillitis and pharyngitis

• Acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis

• Community acquired pneumonia

• Acute cystitis

• Asymptomatic bacteriuria in pregnancy

• Acute pyelonephritis

• Typhoid and paratyphoid fever

• Dental abscess with spreading cellulitis

• Prosthetic joint infections

Helicobacter pylori eradication

• Lyme disease

Amoxicillin Capsules are also indicated for the prophylaxis of endocarditis.

Consideration should be given to official guidance on the appropriate use of antibacterial agents.

4.2 Posology and method of administration


The dose of Amoxicillin Capsules that is selected to treat an individual infection should take into account:

• The expected pathogens and their likely susceptibility to antibacterial agents (see section 4.4)

• The severity and the site of the infection

• The age weight and renal function of the patient: as shown below

The duration of therapy should be determined by the type of infection and the response of the patient and should generally be as short as possible. Some infections require longer periods of treatment (see section 4.4 regarding prolonged therapy)

Adults and children ≥ 40 kg



Acute bacterial sinusitis

250 mg to 500 g every 8 hours or 750mg to 1 g every 12 hours

For severe infections 750 mg to 1 g every 8 hours

Acute cystitis may be treated with 3 g twice daily for one day

Asymptomatic bacteriuria in pregnancy

Acute pyelonephritis

Dental abscess with spreading cellulitis

Acute cystitis

Acute otitis media

500 mg every 8 hours, 750 mg to 1 g every 12 hours

For severe infections 750 mg to 1 g every 8 hours for 10 days

Acute streptococcal tonsillitis and pharyngitis

Acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis

Community acquired pneumonia

500 mg to 1 g every 8 hours

Typhoid and paratyphoid fever

500 mg to 2 g every 8 hours

Prosthetic joint infections

500 mg to 1 g every 8 hours

Prophylaxis of endocarditis

2 g orally, single dose 30 to 60 minutes before procedure

Helicobacter pylori eradication

750 mg to 1 g twice daily in combination with a proton pump inhibitor (e.g. omeprazole, lansoprazole) and another antibiotic (e.g. clarithromycin, metronidazole) for 7 days

Lyme disease (see section 4.4)

Early stage: 500 mg to 1 g every 8 hours up to a maximum of 4g/day in divided doses for 14 days (10 to 21 days)

Late stage (systemic involvement): 500 mg to 2 g every 8 hours up to a maximum of 6 g/day in divided doses for 10 to 30 days

* Consideration should be given to the official treatment guidelines for each indication

Children <40 kg

Children may be treated with Amoxicillin capsules, dispersible tablets suspensions or sachets.

Amoxicillin Paediatric Suspension is recommended for children under six months of age.

Children weighing 40 kg or more should be prescribed the adult dosage.

Recommended doses:



Acute bacterial sinusitis

20 to 90 mg/kg/day in divided doses*

Acute otitis media

Community acquired pneumonia

Acute cystitis

Acute pyelonephritis

Dental abscess with spreading cellulitis

Acute streptococcal tonsillitis and pharyngitis

40 to 90 mg/kg/day in divided doses*

Typhoid and paratyphoid fever

100 mg/kg/day in three divided doses

Prophylaxis of endocarditis

50 mg/kg orally, single dose 30 to 60 minutes before procedure

Lyme disease (see section 4.4)

Early stage: 25 to 50 mg/kg/day in three divided doses for 10 to 21 days

Late stage (systemic involvement): 100 mg/kg/day in three divided doses for 10 to 30 days

+ Consideration should be given to the official treatment guidelines for each indication.

*Twice daily dosing regimens should only be considered when the dose is in the upper range.


No dose adjustment is considered necessary.

Renal impairment

GFR (ml/min)

Adults and children ≥ 40 kg

Children < 40 kg #

greater than 30

no adjustment necessary

no adjustment necessary

10 to 30

maximum 500 mg twice daily

15 mg/kg given twice daily (maximum 500 mg twice daily)

less than10

maximum 500 mg/day.

15 mg/kg given as a single daily dose (maximum 500 mg)

# In the majority of cases, parenteral therapy is preferred.

In patients receiving haemodialysis

Amoxicillin may be removed from the circulation by haemodialysis.


Adults and children over 40 kg

500 mg every 24 h

Prior to haemodialysis one additional dose of 500 mg should be administered. In order to restore circulating drug levels, another dose of 500mg should be administered after haemodialysis.

Children under 40kg

15 mg/kg/day given as a single daily dose (maximum 500 mg).

Prior to haemodialysis one additional dose of 15 mg/kg should be administered. In order to restore circulating drug levels, another dose of 15 mg/kg should be administered after haemodialysis.

In patients receiving peritoneal dialysis

Amoxicillin maximum 500 mg/day.

Hepatic impairment

Dose with caution and monitor hepatic function at regular intervals (see sections 4.4 and 4.8)

Method of administration

Amoxicillin Capsules are for oral use.

Absorption of Amoxicillin Capsules is unimpaired by food.

Therapy can be started parenterally according to the dosing recommendations of the intravenous formulation and continued with an oral preparation.

Swallow with water without opening capsule.

4.3 Contraindications

Hypersensitivity to the active substance, to any of the penicillins or to any of the excipients listed in section 6.1. History of a severe immediate hypersensitivity reaction (e.g. anaphylaxis) to another beta-lactam agent (e.g. a cephalosporin, carbapenem or monobactam).

4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

Hypersensitivity reactions

Before initiating therapy with amoxicillin, careful enquiry should be made concerning previous hypersensitivity reactions to penicillins, cephalosporins or other beta-lactam agents (see section 4.3 and 4.8).

Serious and occasionally fatal hypersensitivity reactions (including anaphylactoid and severe cutaneous adverse reactions) have been reported in patients on penicillin therapy. These reactions are more likely to occur in persons with a history of penicillin hypersensitivity to beta-lactam antibiotics and in atopic individuals. If an allergic reaction occurs, amoxicillin therapy must be discontinued and appropriate alternative therapy instituted.

Non-susceptible microorganisms

Amoxicillin is not suitable for the treatment of some types of infection unless the pathogen is already documented and known to be susceptible or there is a very high likelihood that the pathogen would be suitable for treatment with amoxicillin (see section 5.1). This particularly applies when considering the treatment of patients with urinary tract infections and severe infections of the ear, nose and throat.


Convulsions may occur in patients with impaired renal function or in those receiving high doses or in patients with predisposing factors (e.g. a history of seizures, treated epilepsy or meningeal disorders (see section 4.8).

Renal impairment

In patients with renal impairment, the dose should be adjusted according to the degree of renal impairment (see section 4.2).

Skin reactions

The occurrence at the treatment initiation of a feverish generalised erythema associated with pustula may be a symptom of acute generalised exanthemous pustulosis (AEGP, see section 4.8). This reaction requires amoxicillin discontinuation and contra-indicates any subsequent administration.

Amoxicillin should be avoided if infectious mononucleosis is suspected since the occurrence of a morbilliform (erythematous) rash has been associated with this condition following the use of amoxicillin.

Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction

The Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction has been seen following amoxicillin treatment of Lyme disease (see section 4.8). It results directly from the bactericidal activity of amoxicillin on the causative bacteria of Lyme disease, the spirochaete Borrelia burgdorferi. Patients should be reassured that this is a common and usually self- limiting consequence of antibiotic treatment of Lyme disease.

Overgrowth of non-susceptible organisms

Prolonged use may occasionally result in overgrowth of non-susceptible organisms.

Antibiotic-associated colitis has been reported with nearly all antibacterial agents and may range in severity from mild to life threatening (see section 4.8). Therefore, it is important to consider the diagnosis in patients who present with diarrhoea during, or subsequent to, the administration of any antibiotics. Should antibiotic-associated colitis occur, amoxicillin should immediately be discontinued, a physician consulted and appropriate therapy initiated. Anti-peristaltic medicinal products are contra- indicated in this situation.

Prolonged therapy

Periodic assessment of organ system functions; including renal, hepatic and haematopoietic function is advisable during prolonged therapy. Elevated liver enzymes and changes in blood counts have been reported (see section 4.8).


Prolongation of prothrombin time has been reported rarely in patients receiving amoxicillin. Appropriate monitoring should be undertaken when anticoagulants are prescribed concomitantly. Adjustments in the dose of oral anticoagulants may be necessary to maintain the desired level of anticoagulation (see sections 4.5 and 4.8).


In patients with reduced urine output, crystalluria has been observed very rarely, predominantly with parenteral therapy. During the administration of high doses of amoxicillin, it is advisable to maintain adequate fluid intake and urinary output in order to reduce the possibility of amoxicillin crystalluria. In patients with bladder catheters, a regular check of patency should be maintained (see section 4.8 and 4.9).

Interference with diagnostic tests

Elevated serum and urinary levels of amoxicillin are likely to affect certain laboratory tests. Due to the high urinary concentrations of amoxicillin, false positive readings are common with chemical methods.

It is recommended that when testing for the presence of glucose in urine during amoxicillin treatment, enzymatic glucose oxidase methods should be used.

The presence of amoxicillin may distort assay results for oestriol in pregnant women.

4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction


Concomitant use of probenecid is not recommended. Probenecid decreases the renal tubular secretion of amoxicillin. Concomitant use of probenecid may result in increased and prolonged blood levels of amoxicillin.


Concurrent administration of allopurinol during treatment with amoxicillin can increase the likelihood of allergic skin reactions.


Tetracyclines and other bacteriostatic drugs may interfere with the bactericidal effects of amoxicillin.

Oral anticoagulants

Oral anticoagulants and penicillin antibiotics have been widely used in practice without reports of interaction. However, in the literature there are cases of increased international normalised ratio in patients maintained on acenocoumarol or warfarin and prescribed a course of amoxicillin. If co-administration is necessary, the prothrombin time or international normalised ratio should be carefully monitored with the addition or withdrawal of amoxicillin. Moreover, adjustments in the dose of oral anticoagulants may be necessary (see section 4.4 and 4.8).


Penicillins may reduce the excretion of methotrexate causing a potential increase in toxicity.

Oral typhoid vaccine

The oral typhoid vaccine is inactivated by antibacterials.

4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation


Animal studies do not indicate direct or indirect harmful effects with respect to reproductive toxicity. Limited data on the use of amoxicillin during pregnancy in humans do not indicate an increased risk of congenital malformations.. Amoxicillin may be used in pregnancy where the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks associated with treatment.


Amoxicillin is excreted into breast milk in small quantities with the possible risk of sensitisation. Consequently, diarrhoea and fungus infection of the mucous membrane are possible in the breast-fed infant, so that breast-feeding might have to be discontinued. Amoxicillin should only be used during breast-feeding after benefit/risk assessment by the physician in charge.


There are no data on the effects of amoxicillin on fertility in humans. Reproductive studies in animals have shown no effects on fertility.

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

No studies on the effects on the ability to drive and use machines have been performed. However, undesirable effects may occur (e.g. allergic reactions, dizziness, convulsions), which may influence the ability to drive and use machines (see section 4.8).

4.8 Undesirable effects

The most commonly reported adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are diarrhoea, nausea and skin rash.

The ADRs derived from clinical studies and post-marketing surveillance with amoxicillin, presented by MedDRA System Organ Class are listed below.

The following terminologies have been used to classify the occurrence of undesirable effects.

Very common (≥1/10)

Common (≥1/100 to <1/10)

Uncommon (≥1/1,000 to <1/100),

Rare (≥1/10,000 to <1/1,000)

Very rare (<1/10,000)

Not known (cannot be estimated from the available data).

Infections and infestations

Very rare

Mucocutaneous candidiasis

Blood and lymphatic system disorders

Very rare

Reversible leucopenia (including severe neutropenia or agranulocytosis), reversible thrombocytopenia and haemolytic anaemia, Prolongation of bleeding time and prothrombin time (see sections 4.4).

Immune system disorders

Very rare

Severe allergic reactions including angioneurotic oedema, anaphylaxis, serum sickness and hypersensitivity vasculitis (see section 4.4)

Not Known

Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction (see section 4.4).

Nervous system disorders

Very rare

Hyperkinesia, dizziness and convulsions.(see section 4.4)

Gastrointestinal disorders:

Clinical trial data


Diarrhoea and nausea



Post-marketing data

Very rare

Antibiotic associated colitis including pseudomembranous colitis and haemorrhagic colitis (see section 4.4).

Black hairy tongue

Hepatobiliary disorders:

Very rare

Hepatitis and cholestatic jaundice. Moderate rise in AST and/or ALT.

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders

Clinical trial data


Skin rash


Urticaria and pruritus

Post-marketing data

Very rare

Skin reactions such as erythema multiforme, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, bullous and exfoliative dermatitis, acute generalised exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP) (See section 4.4) and drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS).

Renal and urinary tract disorders

Very rare

Interstitial nephritis

Crystalluria (see sections 4.4 and 4.9 Overdose)

*The incidence of these AEs was derived from clinical studies involving a total of approximately 6,000 adult and paediatric patients taking amoxicillin.

Reporting of suspected adverse reactions

Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via the yellow card scheme at

4.9 Overdose

Symptoms and signs of overdose

Gastrointestinal symptoms (such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea) and disturbance of the fluid and electrolyte balances may be evident. Amoxicillin crystalluria, in some cases leading to renal failure, has been observed. Convulsions may occur in patients with impaired renal function or in those receiving high doses (see sections 4.4 and 4.8).

Treatment of intoxication

Gastrointestinal symptoms may be treated symptomatically, with attention to the water/electrolyte balance.

Amoxicillin may be removed from the circulation by haemodialysis.

5. Pharmacological properties
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Pharmacotherapeutic group: penicillins with extended spectrum; ATC code: J01CA04.

Mechanism of action

Amoxicillin is a semisynthetic, broad-spectrum, beta-lactam penicillin antibiotic that inhibits one or more enzymes (often referred to as penicillin-binding proteins, PBPs) in the biosynthetic pathway of bacterial peptidoglycan, which is an integral structural component of the bacterial cell wall. Inhibition of peptidoglycan synthesis leads to weakening of the cell wall, which is usually followed by cell lysis and death.

Amoxicillin is susceptible to degradation by beta-lactamases produced by resistant bacteria and therefore the spectrum of activity of amoxicillin alone does not include organisms which produce these enzymes.

Pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic relationship

The time above the minimum inhibitory concentration (T>MIC) is consider to be the major determinant of efficacy for amoxicillin.

Mechanisms of resistance

The main mechanisms of resistance to amoxicillin are:

• Inactivation by bacterial beta-lactamases

• Alteration of PBPs, which reduce the affinity of the antibacterial agent for the target.

Impermeability of bacteria or efflux pump mechanism may cause or contribute to bacterial resistance, particularly in Gram-negative bacteria.


MIC breakpoints for amoxicillin are those of the European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (EUCAST) version 5.0.


MIC breakpoint (mg/L)

Susceptible ≤

Resistant >




Staphylococcus spp.



Enterococcus spp. 3



Streptococcus groups A, B, C and G



Streptococcus pneumoniae



Viridans group steprococci



Haemophilus influenzae



Moraxella catarrhalis



Neisseria meningitidis



Gram positive anaerobes except Clostridium difficile 8



Gram negative anaeraboes 8



Helicobacter pylori



Pasturella multocida



Non-species related breakpoints 10



1 Wild type Enterobacteriaceae are categorised as susceptible to aminopenicillins. Some countries prefer to categorise wild type isolates of E. Coli and P. mirabilis as intermediate. When this is the case, use the MIC breakpoint S ≤ 0.5mg/L

2 Most staphylococci are penicillinase producers, which are resistant to amoxicillin. Methicillin resistant isolates are, with few exceptions, resistant to all beta-lactam agents.

3 Susceptibility to amoxicillin can be inferred from ampicillin

4 The susceptibility of streptococcus groups A, B, C and G to penicillins is inferred from the benzylpenicillin susceptibility.

5 Breakpoints relate only to non-meningitis isolates. For isolates categorised as intermediate to ampicillin avoid oral treatment with amoxicillin. Susceptibility inferred from the MIC of ampicillin.

6 Breakpoints are based on intravenous administration. Beta-lactamase positive isolates should be reported resistant.

7 Beta lactamase producers should be reported resistant.

8 Susceptibility to amoxicillin can be inferred from benzylpenicillin.

9 The breakpoints are based on epidemiological cut-off values (ECOFFs), which distinguish wild-type isolates from those with reduced susceptibility.

10 The non-species related breakpoints are based on doses of at least 0.5 g x 3 or 4 doses daily (1.5 to 2g/day).

The prevalence of resistance may vary geographically and with time for selected species, and local information resistance is desirable, particularly when treating severe infections. As necessary, expert advice should be sought when the local prevalence of resistance is such that the utility of the agent in at least some types of infection is questionable.

In vitro susceptibility of micro-organisms to Amoxicillin

Commonly Susceptible Species

Gram-positive aerobes:

Enterococcus faecalis

Beta-hemolytic streptococci (Groups A, B, C and G)

Listeria monocytogenes

Species for which acquired resistance may be a problem

Gram-negative aerobes:

Escherichia coli

Haemophilus influenzae

Helicobacter pylori

Proteus mirabilis

Salmonella typhi

Salmonella paratyphi

Pasteurella multocida

Gram-positive aerobes:

Coagulase negative staphylococcus

Staphylococcus aureus£

Streptococcus pneumoniae

Viridans group streptococcus

Gram-positive anaerobes:

Clostridium spp.

Gram-negative anaerobes:

Fusobacterium spp.


Borrelia burgdorferi

Inherently resistant organisms

Gram-positive aerobes:

Enterococcus faecium

Gram-negative aerobes:

Acinetobacter spp.

Enterobacter spp.

Klebsiella spp.

Pseudomonas spp.

Gram-negative anaerobes:

Bacteroides spp. (many strains of Bacteroides fragilis are resistant)


Chlamydia spp.

Mycoplasma spp.

Legionella spp.

Natural intermediate susceptibility in the absence of acquired mechanism of


£ Almost all S. aureus are resistant to amoxicillin due to production of penicillinase. In addition, all methicillin-resistant strains are resistant to amoxicillin.

5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties


Amoxicillin fully dissociates in aqueous solution at physiological pH. It is rapidly and well absorbed by the oral route of administration. Following oral administration, amoxicillin is approximately 70% bioavailable. The time to peak plasma concentration (Tmax) is approximately one hour.

The pharmacokinetic results for a study, in which an amoxicillin dose of 250 mg three times daily was administered in the fasting state to groups of healthy volunteers are presented below.



AUC (0-24h)

T ½





3.3 ± 1.12

1.5 (1.0-2.0)

26.7 ± 4.56

1.36 ± 0.56

* Median (range)

In the range 250 to 3000 mg the bioavailability is linear in proportion to dose (measured as Cmax and AUC). The absorption is not significantly influenced by simultaneous food intake.

Haemodialysis can be used for the elimination of amoxicillin.


About 18% of total plasma amoxicillin is bound to protein and the apparent volume of distribution is around 0.3 to 0.4l/kg.

Following intravenous administration, amoxicillin has been found in the gall bladder, abdominal tissue, skin, fat, muscle tissues, synovial and peritoneal fluids, bile and pus. Amoxicillin does not adequately distribute into the cerebrospinal fluid.

From animal studies there is no evidence for significant tissue retention of drug- derived material. Amoxicillin, like most penicillins, can be detected in breast milk (see section 4.6).

Amoxicillin has been shown to cross the placental barrier (see section 4.6).


Amoxicillin is partly excreted in the urine as the inactive penicilloic acid in quantities equivalent to up to 10 to 25% of the initial dose.


The major route of elimination is via the kidney.

Amoxicillin has a mean elimination half-life of approximately one hour and a mean total clearance of approximately 25 l/hour in healthy subjects. Approximately 60 to 70% of the amoxicillin is excreted unchanged in urine during the first 6 hours after administration of a single 250 mg or 500 mg dose of amoxicillin. Various studies have found the urinary excretion to be 50-85% for amoxicillin over a 24 hour period.

Concomitant use of probenecid delays amoxicillin excretion (see section 4.5).


The elimination half-life of amoxicillin is similar for children aged around 3 months to 2 years and older children and adults. For very young children (including preterm newborns) in the first week of life the interval of administration should not exceed twice daily administration due to immaturity of the renal pathway of elimination.

Because elderly patients are more likely to have decreased renal function, care should be taken in dose selection, and it may be useful to monitor renal function.


Following oral administration of amoxicillin to healthy males and female subjects, gender has no significant impact on the pharmacokinetics of amoxicillin.

Renal impairment

The total serum clearance of amoxicillin decreases proportionately with decreasing renal function (see sections 4.2 and 4.4).

Hepatic impairment

Hepatically impaired patients should be dosed with caution and hepatic function monitored at regular intervals.

5.3 Preclinical safety data

Non-clinical data reveal no special hazard for humans based on studies of safety pharmacology, repeated dose toxicity, genotoxicity and toxicity to reproduction and development.

Carcinogenicity studies have not been conducted with amoxicillin.

6. Pharmaceutical particulars
6.1 List of excipients

Magnesium stearate Ph. Eur.

Maize starch Ph. Eur.

Capsule shell

Erythrosin E127

Quinoline yellow E104

Titanium dioxide E171

Red iron oxide E172

Gelatin NF

6.2 Incompatibilities

Not applicable.

6.3 Shelf life

4 years

6.4 Special precautions for storage

Do not store above 25°C. Protect from light and moisture.

6.5 Nature and contents of container

An opaque white polypropylene securitainer with a polyethylene air proof security cap.

15, 18, 20, 21, 28, 30, 50, 100 or 500 capsule pack sizes contain a polyethylene jayfilla

The 1,000 capsule pack size contains a polyethylene bag.

Or an opaque PVDC/PVC blister 250/40 with an aluminium lidding foil 20 micron containing 15, 18, 20, 21, 28, 30, 50, 100, 500 or 1,000 capsules.

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

Any unused medicinal product or waste material should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements.

7. Marketing authorisation holder

Athlone Laboratories Limited


Co. Roscommon


8. Marketing authorisation number(s)

PL 06453/0017

9. Date of first authorisation/renewal of the authorisation

First granted 4/11/1988

Renewal granted 7/4/1995.

10. Date of revision of the text

24 October 2017