Amoxicillin: Antibiotic Resistance and a Review of Side Effects

Amoxicillin: Antibiotic Resistance and a Review of Side Effects


Hello and welcome to “VideoScript”, presented
by Drugs.com. Today in the final of three presentations,
we continue reviewing amoxicillin, a common antibiotic used for a variety of bacterial
infections. We will look at issues related to safety and side effects. Patients with an infection may feel better
before their antibiotic treatment is completed. However, the entire course of antibiotic treatment
should be finished. This is important to help prevent the infection from reoccurring and
to help prevent antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistance is the ability of bacteria
to withstand the antimicrobial power of antibiotics. Simply put, antibiotics that used to cure
an infection do not always work now. Completing your antibiotic regimen, and not
taking antibiotics when you have a viral infection, such as the cold or the flu, are two ways
to help prevent antibiotic resistance. While amoxicillin is usually well tolerated,
side effects may occur including nausea, vomiting or skin rash. Mild diarrhea or soft stools are a common
side effect with many antibiotics. This is usually temporary and will stop when the antibiotic
is completed. If severe diarrhea, watery or bloody stools, stomach cramps, or fever should
occur, even up to 2 months after completing antibiotic therapy, patients should contact
their health care provider as soon as possible. Thank you for joining us at Drugs.com for
a brief review of amoxicillin. Please refer to our patient and professional information,
drug interaction checker, and additional tools on Drugs.com. Patients with a concern about the use of amoxicillin
should consult with their health care provider. Visit www.drugs.com/amoxicillin for more information

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