A lot of people think they know all things about Amoxil 500 mg already as long as they have used it in the past and it worked wonders for their bacterial-related infections.  Most people who have already read (even only just once) the medication pamphlet of Amoxil 500 mg would not care to read it again and again if it is just a simple bacterial infection.  For those who are cautious and know better, they would always read the information pamphlet each time they take Amoxil 500 mg or administer it to a sick loved one.

The following are some important Amoxil 500 mg facts you must know about. Keep in mind that such information may or may not be helpful at the moment (if you or your loved one is perfectly well and able), but it is worth knowing such facts as it would prove to be helpful in the future.

  • Bacteria – Amoxil 500 mg should only be used in cases of bacterial infections.  This means that Amoxil 500 mg is rendered useless when you use it against a viral infection, for instance, flu or the common cold.
  • Birth control pills – Amoxil 500 mg can render your birth control pills ineffective or less effective.  Should you be under Amoxil 500 mg treatment, ask your physician if he/she can recommend to you a non-hormone type of birth control (a diaphragm with spermicide, or a condom) in order to avoid getting pregnant while taking Amoxil.
  • Complete the recommended treatment course – Most people immediately stop taking a medicine as soon as they feel better. This should not be the case when taking antibiotics such as Amoxil 500 mg.  Doctors would always prescribe their patient to take Amoxil 500 mg for a specific period of time, for instance, 7 days.  The reason for this is that you may feel better already after just a couple of days but this does not necessarily mean that the infection causing you to get sick is completely gone from your system.
  • Diarrhea – Amoxil 500 mg and other antibiotics can cause one to have diarrhea, and in some cases, it can mean that it’s a sign of a new or another infection. If you see that the diarrhea is unusually watery or bloody, stop the treatment and inform your doctor. Do not take any anti-diarrheal drugs unless your doctor says to do so.
  • Non-allergic amoxicillin rash in children and adults – Around 3% to 10% of little children who are given Amoxil 500 mg tend to manifest a late-developing type of rash, which is what doctors call the “amoxicillin rash”.  This type of rash can also appear in adults.  The rash appears measles-like or morbilliform (in medical books, it is referred to as amoxicillin-induced morbilliform rash).  This rash begins on the trunk and spreads gradually.  This rash is not thought to be a true/real allergic reaction, which means that if you develop this when you take Amoxil 500 mg, you will not be contraindicated for taking Amoxil 500 mg in the future. Also, developing this kind of rash does not necessarily mean that your prescribed Amoxil 500 mg treatment has to be stopped.  However, you should be well aware of the fact that this rather common amoxicillin-induced rash and a hazardous allergic reaction cannot be easily determined by inexperienced individuals; therefore, you must inform a doctor or medical practitioner immediately in order to help you determine which one is which.  Take note that when someone develops a non-allergic amoxicillin rash after taking Amoxil 500 mg or any dose of it, the patient may likely be a patient bearing infectious mononucleosis. The reason for this is that some research shows that around 80% of those who are diagnosed with Epstein Barr virus infection and treated with amoxicillin tend to develop such rashes. Read more…