Liquid Amoxicillin Side Effects

Antibiotics, Drug Interactions

What are the side effects of liquid amoxicillin?  What can I expect when using the amoxicillin suspension?

First off, amoxicillin is a penicillin antibiotic.  If you are allergic to penicillin you could have a reaction or an allergy could develop even if you’ve used the medication in the past.  Generally, you should not use amoxicillin if you’ve had a penicillin allergy in the past, however, your doctor may retry it if the allergy was mild or a long time ago.  Never take this or any other prescription medication without your Doctor’s approval.

Rare but very serious side effects include: severe skin rashes, anaphylaxis, severe diarrhea [C. diff], blood problems, liver problems and seizures.

More common reactions include: nausea, vomiting, mild diarrhea, rash, diaper rash and oral fungal infections.

Most children seem to tolerate liquid amoxicillin really well.  There seems to be a low incidence of side effects for most people.

As with any antibiotic use, the natural bacteria of the colon may be altered.  The change in beneficial bacteria may cause some of the side effects.  Supplementing with probiotics may be helpful when the therapy is completed.  Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you should use some type of probiotic after finishing the liquid amoxicillin.

Always contact a health care provider immediately if you believe someone is having a side effects or reactions to this or any medication.  And, if you have a general questions about medications and potential side effects – Ask Me.

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