PATIENT & FAMILY EDUCATION / NYU Medical Center
BRAND NAMES: Amoxil, Polymox, Trimox, Wymox
REASONS FOR USE:
Amoxicillin, a penicillin-type antibiotic, kills susceptible bacteria that cause infection.
It is used in the treatment of infections of the ear, nose, throat, respiratory tract,
genito-urinary tract, and skin and soft tissues.
HOW TO TAKE THE MEDICATION:
Swallow the capsules with water or other liquids.
You may take liquid amoxicillin by itself or you may mix it with infant formula, milk,
gingerale, fruit juice or other cold drinks. Take immediately if mixed with other
liquids, and be sure to drink all the liquid to get the full dose of the medication.
WHEN TO TAKE THE MEDICATION:
Closely follow the medication schedule prescribed for you.
Amoxicillin is usually prescribed to be taken three times a day at evenly spaced
intervals of time (i.e. every 8 hours).
Amoxicillin may be taken without regard to meals. However, taking amoxicillin with
food often lessens gastrointestinal side effects.
There are no known interactions with specific foods reported with this medication.
Because of the potential for drug interactions and/or the possible need for dose
adjustment, be sure to tell your physician about other prescription and
non-prescription medications you are taking especially probenecid, allopurinol, other
antibiotics, or oral contraceptives.
Oral contraceptives (birth control pills) containing estrogen may not work properly if
you take them while you are taking amoxicillin. Unplanned pregnancies may occur.
You should use an additional form of birth control while taking amoxicillin.
Store amoxicillin in its original, labeled container, and keep the container tightly
Keep the medication in a dry place, away from moisture and sunlight. Do not store in
the bathroom. Keep out of children’s reach.
If you are using the liquid form of amoxicillin, store it in the refrigerator. Do not use