Top 5 Things Your Doctor Forgot to Tell You About Amoxicillin

General Practitioners and Family Doctors lead a busy schedule. We have to see our patients fast because there’s a really long line. And we always want what is best for our patients, no matter how busy we get. Amoxicillin is one of the most prescribed of the antibiotics depending on where you are in the world.

In order to make up for time, some stuffs about Amoxicillin may not have been discussed with you. Here are 5 things he/she may not have explained fully:

  1. Amoxicillin can be taken without food.
  2. Absorption of the drug is best when your stomach is empty. Compared to other antibiotics, we see less GI upsets with Amoxicillin. This is probably the reason why your doctor chose this drug for you. But should you experience any GI symptoms, it is easily remedied by taking in food.

  3. Amoxicillin syrups are good for 14 days after opening.
  4. Even though there is an expiry date, the product starts to lose potency once exposed to air. Take note of the date when you opened the bottle.

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  5. Amoxicillin should be taken even if the symptoms disappear.
  6. I make this point every time I prescribe the antibiotic. Symptoms appear and disappear at the same population of bacteria in the blood. This doesn’t mean that the bacteria has been zeroed-out already. You have to take the prescribed number of days to finish off the remaining bacteria.

  7. If Amoxicillin don’t work, it doesn’t make your doctor bad.
  8. Always follow-up with the same doctor especially when the drugs don’t seem to have worked. The drug is already broad-spectrum, which means it’s like a shotgun that can kill a whole lot of bad bacteria. If the meds don’t work, it’s either that the bacteria tolerates the drug, or you don’t have a bacterial infection. Either way, your doctor adjusts the regimen based on his judgement.

  9. Amoxicillin is not a weak drug.
  10. Just because it’s cheap or available in generics, it doesn’t make it a weak counterpart to new drugs. It’s an old and effective drug used in a lot of conditions, which is why we labeled it “first-line.” Just like a general, we don’t just send in the tanks first. Amoxicillin is like the infantry of the war against bacterial parhogens.

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