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Amoxicillin: Antibiotic Action and Appropriate Uses

October 13, 2019


Hello and welcome to “VideoScript”, presented
by Drugs.com. Today in the first of three presentations,
we are reviewing amoxicillin, a common antibiotic used safely in both children and adults. Amoxicillin belongs to a class of antibiotics
known as aminopenicillins. It is chemically similar to penicillin but has a broader spectrum
of antibacterial activity. Amoxicillin works by inhibiting the synthesis
of the bacterial cell wall. It has activity against many gram-positive and gram-negative
bacteria. It is NOT effective against viral infections such as a cold or the flu. Amoxicillin is available generically and by
many different brand names. Immediate-release, extended-release, and liquid formulations
of amoxicillin are available. Generic amoxicillin is frequently dispensed
at the pharmacy, and it is safe, effective and often more affordable than brand name
products. Amoxicillin is used to treat many different
types of bacterial infections, such as ear or sinus infections, and strept throat. Amoxicillin is also used with another antibiotic
called clarithromycin and a proton pump inhibitor, such as lansoprazole, to treat stomach ulcers
caused by H. pylori infection. There are many other types of infections that
amoxicillin would be appropriate for, and a health care provider can determine if amoxicillin
is the best choice for you. 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 Drugs.com/amoxicillin for more information

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