Q: What is Servamox?
A: Amoxil (Servamox) is a semi-synthetic antibiotic in the penicillin group of drugs. Amoxil acts by inhibiting the synthesis of bacterial cell walls of both gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria. Servamox is used to treat many different types of infections caused by bacteria, such as ear infections, bladder infections, pneumonia, gonorrhea, and E. coli or salmonella infection. The most common side effects reported with Amoxil use include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rashes, and antibiotic-associated colitis. Amoxil should be used only to treat or prevent infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by bacteria. Prescribing Amoxil in the absence of a proven or strongly suspected bacterial infection or a prophylactic indication is unlikely to provide benefit to the patient and increases the risk of the development of drug-resistant bacteria. Amoxil may be taken without regard to meals every 8 hours or every 12 hours, depending on the strength of the product prescribed. Serious, and occasionally fatal, hypersensitivity reactions (anaphylaxis) have been reported in patients receiving beta-lactam antibiotics. Although anaphylaxis is more frequent following parenteral therapy, it has occurred in patients on oral therapy. If an allergic reaction occurs, appropriate therapy should be instituted and Amoxil therapy discontinued.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
As with all medicines, some people may experience side effects with Servamox
If you experience any of the following events STOP taking your medicine and tell your doctor or go to your nearest hospital immediately:
- Hypersensitivity or severe allergic reaction including swollen face or breathing problems. If these symptoms occur, STOP taking Servamox right away and tell your doctor.
- Severe diarrhoea with bleeding
- Allergic skin reactions with itching e.g. hives, nettle rash, blistering or peeling of the skin. If you start to itch or get a rash, STOP taking Servamox and tell your doctor immediately.
- Convulsions may occur in patients on high doses or with kidney problems
- Notice your urine becoming darker or your faeces becoming paler
- Notice your skin or the white of your eyes turning yellow (jaundice)
- Difficulty or discomfort in passing urine or having cloudy urine
The following symptoms are less serious but you may wish to discuss them with your doctor if they become troublesome or last a long time.
Common side effects of Servamox (i.e. have been reported in more than 1 in 100 people taking it) include:
- Nausea (feeling sick) or diarrhoea
Uncommon side effects (i.e. have been reported in between 1 in 100 and 1 in 1,000 people taking Servamox) include:
Very rare side effects (i.e. reported in less than 1 in 10,000 people) include:
- Thrush (a yeast infection of the vagina, mouth or skin folds). You can get treatment for thrush from your doctor or pharmacist.
- Tooth discolouration. The colour usually returns to normal with brushing.
- Blackening of the tongue
- Inflammation of the kidney
- Excessive body movements (hyperkinesia) or dizziness
- Reduction (reversible) in blood cell counts including anaemia (a reduction in the body s red blood cells or haemoglobin which may be characterised by feeling weak or light-headed) or a longer time taken for blood to clot. Tell your doctor that you are taking Servamox if you are having blood tests.
- Crystalluria, forming of crystals in the urine
If you notice any side effects not mentioned in this leaflet, please inform your doctor or pharmacist.
250 mg, 500 mg. Each capsule of AMOXIL, with royal blue opaque cap and pink opaque body, contains 250 mg or 500 mg Servamox as the trihydrate. The cap and body of the 250-mg capsule are imprinted with the product name AMOXIL and 250; the cap and body of the 500 mg capsule are imprinted with AMOXIL and 500.
Fast facts on Servamox
Here are some key points about Servamox. More information is in the main article.
- Servamox works by preventing bacteria from growing, and killing them.
- Servamox can treat infections caused by bacteria but not those caused by viruses.
- It can be used with other medications to treat some stomach ulcers.
- Common adverse effects include diarrhea, candidiasis, and tooth discoloration.
- Patients should always discuss their current state of health and medical history with their doctor before starting a course of Servamox.
To reduce the development of drug-resistant bacteria and maintain the effectiveness of AMOXIL (Servamox) and other antibacterial drugs, AMOXIL should be used only to treat infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by bacteria. When culture and susceptibility information are available, they should be considered in selecting or modifying antibacterial therapy. In the absence of such data, local epidemiology and susceptibility patterns may contribute to the empiric selection of therapy.
Interactions that increase the risk of side effects from other drugs
Taking Servamox with certain medications raises your risk of side effects from these medications. Servamox increases the amount of these drugs in your body.
Examples of these drugs include drugs to treat blood clots. If you use them with Servamox, you have a higher risk of bleeding.
More common side effects
The more common side effects of Servamox oral tablet can include:
If these side effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
How to use Servamox
Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually every 8 or 12 hours. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
Drink plenty of fluids while using this medication unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
For the best effect, take this antibiotic at evenly spaced times. To help you remember, take this medication at the same time(s) every day.
Continue to take this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow, which may result in a return of the infection.
Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
What is Servamox? How does it work (mechanism of action)?
Servamox 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. Servamox is effective against many different bacteria including H. influenzae, N. gonorrhoea, E. coli, Pneumococci, Streptococci, and certain strains of Staphylococci.
The FDA approved Servamox in December 1974.
See to it you constantly take Servamox as suggested, observing the amount extremely carefully. It's particularly important to take the whole quantity of this medication suggested, as quiting before it's time may result in a relapse of infection. Your blood, along with your renal or liver function need to be checked before you could securely take Servamox. Make sure you see your medical service provider routinely to see if every little thing is going equally as planned.
Q: When taking Servamox, do I need to wait 4 hours before eating yogurt?
A: No, you do not have to wait 4 hours after taking your Servamox before eating yogurt. Servamox does not interact with dairy products like some of the other antibiotics. Megan Uehara, PharmD
Because of incompletely developed renal function in neonates and young infants, the elimination of Servamox may be delayed. Dosing of AMOXIL should be modified in pediatric patients 12 weeks or younger ( ≤ 3 months).