How should this medicine be used?
Wiamox comes as a capsule, a tablet, a chewable tablet, and as a suspension (liquid) to take by mouth. It is usually taken every 12 hours (twice a day) or every 8 hours (three times a day) with or without food. The length of your treatment depends on the type of infection that you have. Take Wiamox at around the same times every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take Wiamox exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Shake the suspension well before each use to mix the medication evenly. The suspension may be placed directly on the child's tongue or added to formula, milk, fruit juice, water, ginger ale, or another cold liquid and taken immediately.
The chewable tablets should be crushed or chewed thoroughly before they are swallowed. The tablets and capsules should be swallowed whole and taken with a full glass of water.
You should begin to feel better during the first few days of treatment with Wiamox. If your symptoms do not improve or get worse, call your doctor.
Take Wiamox until you finish the prescription, even if you feel better. If you stop taking Wiamox too soon or skip doses, your infection may not be completely treated and the bacteria may become resistant to antibiotics.
How to use Wiamox
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.
Q: Can Wiamox alter a child's behavior or mood?
A: Amoxil (Wiamox) is an antibiotic in the penicillin family of drugs. Wiamox is used to treat ear infections, pneumonia, and other bacterial infections. Mood or behavioral changes are very rare with Wiamox, but reversible hyperactivity, agitation, anxiety, insomnia, confusion, and other general behavioral changes have been reported. When these side effects occur in children the prescribing physician should be contacted. The most common side effects of Wiamox are nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. This is not a complete list of the side effects associated with Wiamox. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or pharmacist for guidance. Tell your health-care provider about any negative side effects from prescription drugs. You can also report them to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by visiting www.fda.gov/medwatch or by calling 1-800-FDA-1088. Burton Dunaway, PharmD.
Dosage & Usage
Wiamox is an antibiotic in the team of penicillins that protects against the microorganisms from building protective wall surfaces, that means ensure they can not endure in the physical body. Wiamox is readily available as pills, dental suspension and chewable tablet computers. You should understand how you can take each type of this medication properly to reward the most from it. Wiamox might communicate with other medicines you are making use of, such as probenecid, specific blood slimmers and various other antibiotics, especially tetracycline anti-biotics. To stay away from communications, you need to just incorporate Wiamox with other medicines if you reviewed it with your physician or pharmacist.
Important: if you develop an itchy rash, swollen face or mouth, or have difficulty breathing, these may be signs that you are allergic to a penicillin antibiotic. Do not take any more Wiamox and speak with your doctor or go to your local accident and emergency department straightaway.
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to the antibiotic, speak with your doctor or pharmacist for further advice.
Q: Someone told me that Fish Mox, that can be found in pet stores, is the same thing as Wiamox, except that it's not as pure. Is this true? Also, can Fish Mox be harmful to humans?
A: Wiamox is an antibiotic used to treat infections in humans. Fish Mox is an antibiotic sold in pet stores that contains Wiamox. Fish Mox has not been approved for human use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Fish Mox should only be used for its intended purpose, which is to treat infections in fish. It appears to be used by emptying the capsule into the water in the fish tank. According to the Department of Defense (DOD), humans should not take antibiotics made for fish. Taking these products may be dangerous. According to the DOD, there are several reasons for not using these products in humans. Human antibiotics require a prescription from a health care professional after a diagnosis of an infection has been made. People treating themselves, may not have the correct diagnosis, and therefore possibly the incorrect treatment. When people take antibiotics for conditions that do not warrant their use, this may contribute to antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistance can occur when a bacteria becomes resistant to certain antibiotics making the infection harder to treat. People also run the risk of an allergic reaction to the animal antibiotics. Prolonged use of antibiotics without supervision of a health care provider may also lead to changes in intestinal flora, which can lead to an overgrowth of yeast in the body. Also, according to the DOD, components in the animal medication may not be the same as the human form, and may interfere with absorption of the medication, which may lead to incorrect dosing. 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. Kristen Dore, PharmD
Q: I got hives from taking Wiamox. I still have them three weeks later, after I am off the medication.
A: Amoxil (Wiamox) is an antibiotic used to stop bacterial infections, and side effects do not include hives. You may be having an allergic reaction and should contact your doctor. Many people are allergic to the medication, and if your doctor confirms an allergy, you should also let your pharmacy know, so they can put the information in their computers. That way, if any doctor prescribed a type of penicillin, the pharmacy will be alerted to the allergy. Common side effects from Amoxil (Wiamox) may include upset stomach, diarrhea, and vomiting. This is not a complete list of the side effects associated with Amoxil (Wiamox). Patti Brown, PharmD
What are the uses for Wiamox (what does it treat)?
- Wiamox is used to treat infections due to bacteria that are susceptible to the effects of Wiamox.
- middle ear,
- larynx (laryngitis),
- bronchi (bronchitis),
- lungs (pneumonia),
- genital and urinary tract,
- Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection
- urinary tract, and
Wiamox also is used to treat gonorrhea.
NDC 43598-019-01 Bottles of 100 NDC 43598-019-14 Bottles of 20
Powder for Oral Suspension: Each 5 mL of reconstituted strawberry-flavored suspension contains 125 mg Wiamox as the trihydrate. Each 5 mL of reconstituted bubble-gum-flavored suspension contains 200 mg, 250 mg or 400 mg Wiamox as the trihydrate.
Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in oral thrush or a new vaginal yeast infection (oral or vaginal fungal infection). Contact your doctor if you notice white patches in your mouth, a change in vaginal discharge or other new symptoms.
Tell your doctor right away if any of these rare but serious side effects occur: dark urine, persistent nausea or vomiting, stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes or skin, easy bruising or bleeding, persistent sore throat or fever.
This medication may rarely cause a severe intestinal condition (Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea) due to a type of resistant bacteria. This condition may occur during treatment or weeks to months after treatment has stopped. Do not use anti-diarrhea or opioid medications if you have the following symptoms because these products may make them worse. Tell your doctor right away if you develop: persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, blood/mucus in your stool.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
Wiamox can commonly cause a mild rash that is usually not serious. However, you may not be able to tell it apart from a rare rash that could be a sign of a severe allergic reaction. Therefore, get medical help right away if you develop any rash.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Use In Patients With Mononucleosis
A high percentage of patients with mononucleosis who receive Wiamox develop an erythematous skin rash. Thus Wiamox should not be administered to patients with mononucleosis.
Q: Is it okay to mix Wiamox with formula so my baby drinks it all? He is 2 months old.
A: Yes, it is fine to mix Wiamox with baby formula. It is important to give the dose immediately after mixing and to be sure the whole amount is taken to be sure the correct dose was given. Please see the following Everyday Health link for more information on children's health. //www.everydayhealth.com/kids-health/kids-health-articles.aspx. Laura Cable, PharmD
Wiamox 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.
Blisters and other skin problems
Blisters are small, raised lesions where fluid has collected under the skin. They may be caused by an allergic reaction, burns, frostbite, or by excessive friction or trauma to the skin. Blisters may also be a symptom of a systemic illness, or of a specific skin disorder.
This side effect is somewhat rare, but serious when it does occur. If you experience redness, blistering, or peeling or loosening of the skin after taking Wiamox, contact your doctor right away.
Home treatments may be used to manage mild, non-itching rashes that are not severe. Treatment includes antihistamines or hydrocortisone, oatmeal baths, and drinking lots of water. If skin starts blistering, peeling, or loosening, however, seek medical attention immediately.
To prevent severe skin irritations, do not take Wiamox if you’re allergic to penicillin.
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to Wiamox or to any other penicillin antibiotic, such as ampicillin (Omnipen, Principen), dicloxacillin (Dycill, Dynapen), oxacillin (Bactocill), penicillin (Beepen-VK, Ledercillin VK, Pen-V, Pen-Vee K, Pfizerpen, V-Cillin K, Veetids), and others.
Before using Wiamox, tell your doctor if you are allergic to cephalosporins such as Omnicef, Cefzil, Ceftin, Keflex, and others. Also tell your doctor if you have asthma, liver or kidney disease, a bleeding or blood clotting disorder, mononucleosis (also called "mono"), or any type of allergy.
Wiamox can make birth control pills less effective. Ask your doctor about using a non-hormone method of birth control (such as a condom, diaphragm, spermicide) to prevent pregnancy while taking this medicine. Take this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Wiamox will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu. Do not share this medication with another person, even if they have the same symptoms you have.
Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea. This may happen while you are taking Wiamox, or within a few months after you stop taking it. This may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, stop taking Wiamox and call your doctor. Do not use anti-diarrhea medicine unless your doctor tells you to.
Wiamox diffuses readily into most body tissues and fluids, with the exception of brain and spinal fluid, except when meninges are inflamed. In blood serum, Wiamox is approximately 20% protein-bound. Following a 1-gram dose and utilizing a special skin window technique to determine levels of the antibiotic, it was noted that therapeutic levels were found in the interstitial fluid.