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What does amoxicillin treat?

Amoxicillin is an antibiotic medication used to treat a range of health problems associated with bacterial infections. This medication belongs to the class of antibiotics known as broad-spectrum penicillins.

Typical uses for amoxicillin

Amoxicillin is usually prescribed to prevent, control or get rid of potentially harmful infections caused by bacteria. Examples of uses include:

Preventative use of amoxicillin

Amoxicillin may be prescribed preventatively, for example, after oral surgery such as tooth removal, in order to stop infection developing.

Amoxicillin use for stomach ulcers

Amoxicillin is sometimes used in combination with other drugs to eradicate helicobacter pylori bacteria, which is associated with stomach ulcers.

Amoxicillin treatment warnings

Doctors may advise not using amoxicillin if you have:

Some people have an allergic reaction (hypersensitivity) to penicillin or amoxicillin. Before taking amoxicillin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other antibiotics.

Amoxicillin treatment interactions

You should also tell your doctor your medical history and any other medications you are taking to avoid harmful interactions. Make sure you tell you doctor if you are taking any medication and specifically these:

If you are planning to have an operation, tell your doctor or dentist beforehand that you are taking amoxicillin.

WebMD Medical Reference

Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks on May 10, 2016

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