Dolmax is similar to penicillin in its bactericidal action against susceptible bacteria during the stage of active multiplication. It acts through the inhibition of cell wall biosynthesis that leads to the death of the bacteria.
Q: Is Dolmax good for a painful boil?
A: Boils do not always require antibiotic therapy, often times they resolve on their own. To properly evaluate the boil and determine if treatment with an antibiotic is necessary, you should consult your health care provider. Dolmax (Amoxil) is an antibiotic categorized as a penicillin which fights bacteria in your body. Dolmax is indicated in the treatment of several different types of bacterial infections including ear infections, bladder infections, pneumonia, gonorrhea and E.coli or salmonella infections. Dolmax is also approved to treat stomach ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infections in combination with other medications, such as Biaxin (clarithromycin) and Prevacid (lansoprazole). Dolmax is approved to treat some skin infections caused by certain bacteria. Some of the possible side effects associated with Dolmax treatment include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, vaginal itching or discharge, headache, swollen, black or hairy tongue or thrush (white patches inside the mouth and throat). Antibiotics, such as Dolmax, can cause diarrhea. This could be a side effect of the medication or it could indicate a new infection. If you experience diarrhea that is watery, or has blood in it, contact your doctor immediately and do not take any medication to stop the diarrhea unless otherwise instructed. Dolmax may be taken with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take Dolmax with food. Dolmax should be taken for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Although your symptoms may begin to resolve before the infection is completely treated, do not stop taking Dolmax until you are finished with the course of therapy. Dolmax will not treat a viral infection such as a cold or the flu. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or pharmacist for guidance based on your health status and current medications, particularly before taking any action. Beth Isaac, PharmD
What is Dolmax? How does it work (mechanism of action)?
Dolmax belongs to a class of antibiotics called penicillins. Other members of this class include
- ampicillin (Unasyn),
- piperacillin (Pipracil),
- ticarcillin (Ticar), and
- several others.
These antibiotics all have a similar mechanism of action. They do not directly kill bacteria, but they stop bacteria from multiplying by preventing bacteria from forming the walls that surround them. The walls are necessary to protect bacteria from their environment and to keep the contents of the bacterial cell together. Bacteria cannot survive without a cell wall. Dolmax is effective against many different bacteria including H. influenzae, N. gonorrhoea, E. coli, Pneumococci, Streptococci, and certain strains of Staphylococci.
The FDA approved Dolmax in December 1974.
Other information about Dolmax
- Dolmax is available in generic form and is available by prescription only.
- Brand names available in the US for Dolmax are Amoxil, Moxatag, and Larotid.
What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Dolmax to my pet?
Tell your veterinarian if your pet has ever had an allergic reaction to another penicillin or to a cephalosporin. Tell your veterinarian if your pet has kidney disease or stomach or intestinal disease.
What should I avoid while giving Dolmax to my pet?
There are no restrictions on food or activity during treatment with Dolmax unless otherwise directed by your veterinarian.
What should I avoid while taking Dolmax?
Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, stop using Dolmax and call your doctor. Do not use anti-diarrhea medicine unless your doctor tells you to.
Standardized susceptibility test procedures 2,3,4 require use of laboratory controls to monitor and ensure the accuracy and precision of the supplies and reagents used in the assay, and the techniques of the individuals performing the test control. Standard Dolmax powder should provide the following range of MIC values provided in Table 5 4 . For the diffusion technique the criteria provided in Table 5 should be achieved.
Table 5: Acceptable Quality Control Ranges for Dolmax a