Read the directions on the product label, patient guide, or medicine
guide provided by the medicine company or your pharmacist before starting to use Amoxicillin
. If you have any questions related to this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Use this medicine as recommended by your doctor.
The typical dose of Amoxicillin is 250-500 mg every 8 hours or 500-875 mg in 12 hours depending on the severity of the infection. The usual dose for children is 20-40 mg/kg/day (9.09-18.18 mg/lb/day) in a divided dose every 8 hours or 25-45 mg/kg/day (11.36-20.45 mg/lb/day) in a divided dose every 12 hours depending on the patients condition. This medicine is typically used for a period of 2-3 days till after the symptoms of the infection disappear for bacterial infections. This medicine is not known to be habit-forming.
This medicine should be used on an as-needed basis
. You should continue to use this medicine as directed by the doctor even if you feel well.
Talk to your doctor if you develop new symptoms. Tell your doctor if watery and bloody stools
, stomach cramps
, and fever
. If you have any kidney disease, a low dose should be taken up to 250-500 mg every 24 hours. It depends on the severity of the infection.
If you are giving Amoxicillin
to a child, be sure to use a product that is meant for children. Before giving this medicine to a child, use the child's weight or age to find the right dose from the product package. You can also read the dosage section
of this page to know the correct dose for your child. Else, consult with your doctor and follow their recommendation.
If you are using the chewable tablet form of this medicine, make sure you chew the medicine
before you swallow it.
When using this medicine in the injection form, it should be given through veins. The injection is injected or infused slowly into the veins over a period of 3-4 minutes. Infusion in the veins should be given over a period of 30-60 minutes. Injection in the muscles only be given in those patients where injection in the veins is not possible. Add water for the injection and shake vigorously. For vein infusion preparation, add solution for vein injection to in-line burette or in a minibag over 30-60 minutes. Alternatively the vein injection solution may be transferred from the infusion bag into the vial by using a device, and then drawn back into the bag after dissolution.
If using the liquid form of this medicine
, measure the dose using the provided measuring cup, spoon, or dropper. Before pouring the medicine into the measuring device, you should check the measurement markings carefully. Then, pour the dose amount into the device. After use, clean and store the measuring device in a safe place for your next use. You should not use a tablespoon or teaspoon as the dose measuring devices since it can result in an incorrect dose. If indicated on the product package, shake the medicine
Your doctor may request that specific lab tests be performed before you start using Amoxicillin
. You may need to have Antibiotic Susceptibility
test. This test is required to determine the specific bacterial infection.
You should store Amoxicillin
at or below 25°C (77° F), away from moisture, and away from light. Store the medicine
away from the reach of children and pets
Medicines may be prescribed for uses other than those listed in the medicine guide. Do not use Amoxicillin
for conditions for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Amoxicillin to other people who might have the same conditions or symptoms that you have. Self-medication may harm them.