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Amoxicilin: First Choice Treatment For Bacterial Infections

 

Amoxicilin is a generic drug marketed under several brand names such as Amoxil, Amoxicot, Moxilin, Trimox etc.

  1. It is a penicillin antibiotic.
  2. It treats infections caused by a wide range of bacteria.
  3. It is the first choice for the treatment of middle ear infection.
  4. It is one of the oldest antibiotic in world.
  5. It is available in two types’ biotic agents and semi synthetic agents.
  6. It is effective on a wide range of bacterial infection.
  7. It is effective in case of bacterial and doesn’t work for viral infections.

HISTORY:

It is one of the several derivatives of 6-APAIt. FDA approved in 1960 at  Beecham research lab. It is sell in market by Glaxo Smith Kline in the brand name Amoxil and many others. The narrow spectrum of penicillin lead to search the derivative of penicillin. Ait was necessary to treat a wider range of infection. This lead to the research foe ampicillin had a broader spectrum of activity. Doctors were able to treat broader range of gram- positive and gram-negative infections

Further research lead to the development of the drug with improved action time. It shows a little structural difference between the two. The drug is lipid soluble. This allows it to kill bacterial little faster.

WORKING:

The cell wall is important for the survival of the bacterial. It is protective layer of cell. Above drug is penicillin antibiotic. It treats infection due to bacteria and helps bacteria to eliminate themselves from the body. They impair the bonds that hold the cell wall. This weakens the cell wall. Further it stops formation of cell wall in bacterial cell. This unable them to grow. This kills bacteria and helps curing infection.

Amoxicilin 500mg

DOSAGE:

It is available in the strength of 500 mg. General dose as per instruction is 500 mg per day. Take it for 5 days to 10 days. Take it orally with or without food. It is necessary to complete the dose though the symptom disappear. This assure complete treatment for bacterial infection. It avoids come back of bacterial infection. It is necessary to drink plenty of water to avoid side effects.

USES:

  1. It helps in treating infections as discussed below;
  2. Infection like acute bronchitis and pneumonia
  3. Nasal passage and throat
  4. Otitis-middle ear infection
  5. Kidney- urinary tract
  6. Infection of heart valves and heart lining

It is useful in treating disease which aren’t included in medication guide .They are as follows;

  1. Typhoid fever
  2. Lyme disease-starts with tick bite
  3. Peptic ulcer-stomach ulcer
  4. Dental procedures to prevent heart infection
  5. Chlamydial infection

PRECAUTIONS:

Contact your doctor or health care provider if any of the below given situations apply to you;

  • If you are allergic to medicines, food or other substances
  • If you have history of asthma or hay fever
  • If you are allergic to medicines food or other substances
  • If you have had a severe allergic reaction
  • Some medicines can interact with this drug. So tell your doctor of medicines you take any other medicine
  • If you are allergic to any ingredient in the above drug or another penicillin
  • It is necessary to take some other birth control measures it reduces the effect of birth control pill.

COST OF GENERIC VS. THE BRAND:

As discussed above it is available in many brand names. But than they are costlier as compared to the generic drugs. Cost of generic drug is $0.51 per pill. The cost of brand Amoxil is $1.45 per pill. This is a big difference. Both of them contain same active ingredient and shows same effect. So it is better to go for generic drugs.

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