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What is Amoxil (Amoxicillin) and how does it help?
Viruses are not the only agents that trigger infections in the human body. Infections can as well be provoked by bacterial microorganisms, which are known to be a serious threat to the human health. Amoxil is an antibiotic medication which is resistant to certain types of pathogen microorganisms. More specifically, Amoxil mechanism of action is based on the inhibition of bacterial cell synthesis, which does not permit further bacterial activity and multiplication.
Amoxil is a penicillin antibiotic; its main active compound is amoxicillin. Besides the fact that it is a moderate-spectrum antibiotic, it proves high efficiency due to maximal absorption from the gastrointestinal tract.
Similar to other penicillins, Amoxil (Amoxicillin) inhibits the synthesis of both gram-negative and gram-positive microorganisms. Bacillus Subtilis, Helicobacter, Streptococcus, or Enterococcus faecalis are few types of bacteria which are susceptible to Amoxil (Amoxicillin). On the other hand, Klebsiella or Staphylococcus aureus develop resistance and infections caused by these pathogens should not be treated with Amoxil (Amoxicillin).
Amoxil (Amoxicillin) is to be administered orally. Various types of formulations are available: tablets, chewable tablets, capsules, suspension and drops for pediatric administration. Inert compounds found in Amoxil (Amoxicillin) composition are: magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide, gelatin, coloring additives (capsule); crospovidone, Aspartame, sodium, mannitol, magnesium stearate, aluminum lake (chewable tablets); titanium dioxide, colloidal silicon dioxide, sodium starch glycolate, crospovidone, polyethylene glycol, hypromellose, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate (tablets); flavorings, sodium benzoate, xanthan gum, silica gel, citrate, sodium citrate (drops for pediatric use); sodium (powder for oral suspension).
What does Amoxil (Amoxicillin) treat?
Amoxil (Amoxicillin) has proven its efficiency in the treatment of conditions caused by susceptible bacteria. It is indicated for the management of nose, throat or ear infections, skin structure bacterial conditions, uncomplicated gonorrhea, respiratory or urinary tract infections.
Amoxil (Amoxicillin) will provide high efficiency whenever any of mentioned infections are confirmed to be triggered by susceptible bacteria, not by viruses or other origins. Otherwise, bacterial drug resistance development and minor therapeutic effect is expected.
Also, Amoxil (Amoxicillin) is effective only when the patient completes the prescribed course. The symptoms of infection might alleviate early during the course, but this is not a reason to discontinue antibiotic administration.
Precautions related to Amoxil (Amoxicillin)
The correlation between antibiotic administration and bacterial (or mycotic) superinfection is very tight. Amoxil (Amoxicillin) does not make an exception from this rule and drug cessation is to be considered whenever a superinfection occurs.
Penicillins are likely to develop Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea. This is a condition caused by certain toxins released by Clostridium difficile that should never be underestimated. All patients complaining about frequent watery stools during prolonged period of time should be evaluated for this diagnosis.
Penicillins, including Amoxil (Amoxicillin), have the potential to diminish the efficiency of oral birth-control medications. In case that patients do not plan to become parents, they should better potentiate their contraceptive measures.
Candidiasis is expected with the use of Amoxil (Amoxicillin). Colitis might emerge during the therapy or afterwards. The drug may occasionally damage patients’ liver system, causing jaundice or cytolytic hepatitis. Diarrhea is a frequently- reported manifestation and should be kept under medical control.