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What is Amoxicillin?

Amoxicillin is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections in the body. It is often used to treat dental infections, chest infections and UTIs.

It is available as an Amoxicillin 500mg capsule or Amoxicillin sachets.

How does Amoxicillin work?

Amoxicillin is the active ingredient in these sachets and capsules. It is part of a group of medicines called penicillins.

You should only take antibiotics when they are prescribed to you. They don’t work for all illnesses and conditions (for example anything caused by a virus) and they may become ineffective if you take them too often.

How do you take Amoxicillin?

Always take the antibiotic Amoxicillin as directed by your dentist or pharmacist and read the patient information leaflets (Amoxicillin sachets and Amoxicillin capsules) in full first.  

To take Amoxicillin sachets, take one sachet immediately and then one sachet after 8 hours. Add the sachet contents to 10-20ml of water. Mix well and take immediately.

The Amoxicillin 500mg dosage for adults is 12 capsules or 6000mg. To take Amoxicillin 500mg capsules, take six capsules immediately and then six capsules after 8 hours. Swallow the capsules whole with water.

How effective is Amoxicillin?

Amoxicillin capsules and sachets are clinically proven antibiotics for gum infection or tooth infection treatment.

If you suspect you have a dental infection you should make sure you get it checked out by your dentist, as it may get worse if it isn’t treated correctly.

There are some steps you can take to help prevent further dental infections, and the main one is to ensure you practice good oral hygiene. Have regular dental check-ups, brush your teeth carefully and use dental floss and antibacterial mouthwash as recommended by your dentist.

What are the main side effects of Amoxicillin?

Like all medicines, Amoxicillin antibiotics can cause side effects, although not everyone will experience them. Three common side effects of Amoxicillin tablets and sachets are:

  1. Diarrhoea
  2. Skin rash
  3. Nausea

For a full list of Amoxicillin 500mg side effects, please see the patient information leaflet. Please also see the Amoxicillin sachets patient information leaflet.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Amoxicillin used for?

Amoxicillin is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections such as dental abscess, chest infections and UTIs.

Can you buy Amoxicillin over the counter?

You can’t buy Amoxicillin over the counter but you can buy it through Instant eCare. All you need to do is answer some questions to check if the medication is suitable for you and if it is you will be issued with a free prescription. The medication will then be delivered to your chosen address.

* Disclaimer: Results and individual responses to treatments may vary from person to person. If you do need medical advice you should always speak to a doctor, pharmacist or appropriate medical professional.