Amoxicillin 500mg Capsules: Uses, Dosage, Side Effects
Amoxicillin 500mg Capsule is a prescription medicine that’s used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. Amoxicillin 500mg is a penicillin antibiotic that kills bacteria or slows their growth.
Amoxicillin may be recommended to treat infections of the nose, ears, throat, urinary tract, or skin. It can also be used for pneumonia, tonsillitis, or bronchitis. Sometimes it’s given with other medicines to get rid of H. pylori, a species of bacteria that causes ulcers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) originally approved this medicine in 1974. It’s sold under various brand names.
How should Amoxicillin 500mg be used?
Amoxicillin 500mg comes as a capsule, a tablet, 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 Amoxicillin 500mg 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 amoxicillin exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Swallow the tablets and capsules whole with a full glass of water; do not chew or crush them.
You should begin to feel better during the first few days of treatment with amoxicillin. If your symptoms do not improve or get worse, call your doctor. Take amoxicillin until you finish the prescription, even if you feel better. If you stop taking amoxicillin too soon or skip doses, your infection may not be completely treated and the bacteria may become resistant to antibiotics.
What are the side effects of amoxicillin 500mg capsules?
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if you think you are experiencing any side effects or allergic reactions due to taking Amoxicillin 500mg Capsule, even if the problem is not listed below.
Like other medicines, Amoxicillin 500mg Capsule can cause some side effects. If they occur, they are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and need medical attention.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following that is troublesome or ongoing:
• diarrhea (several loose bowel movements per day), indigestion, feeling sick or being sick
• soreness of the mouth or tongue
• overgrowth of yeast infections (thrush).
More Serious Effects
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
• itching, rash
• unusual bleeding or bruising
• yellowing of the skin or eyes
• dark urine or pale stools
• difficulty or pain in passing urine
• severe diarrhea.
Stop taking Amoxicillin 500mg Capsule and contact your doctor or go to the emergency department of your nearest hospital if any of the following happens:
• swelling of the lips/mouth,
• difficulty in breathing,
• lumpy rash (hives) or fainting.
These could be symptoms of an allergic reaction.
Remember you should tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if any of these, or any other unusual events or problems occur during or after treatment with Amoxicillin 500mg Capsule.
This is not a complete list of all possible side effects. Others may occur in some people and there may be some side effects not yet known.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any side effects from your medicine that are not mentioned here.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
After taking Amoxicillin 500mg Capsule.
Keep your medication in the pack until it is time to take them.
Keep this medicine where children cannot reach it, such as in a locked cupboard.
Keep the pack in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25 degrees C. Do not leave it in the car on a hot day. Do not store medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Return any unused or expired Amoxicillin 500mg Capsule to your pharmacist.