12 Facts About Amoxicillin


Amoxicillin is an antibiotic medication used to treat a number of bacterial infections.

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Amoxicillin was discovered in 1958 and came into medical use in 1972.

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Amoxicillin is used in the treatment of a number of infections, including acute otitis media, streptococcal pharyngitis, pneumonia, skin infections, urinary tract infections, Salmonella infections, Lyme disease, and chlamydia infections.

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Amoxicillin is recommended as the preferred first-line treatment for community-acquired pneumonia in adults by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, either alone or in combination with a macrolide.

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Amoxicillin is used in post-exposure inhalation of anthrax to prevent disease progression and for prophylaxis.

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Amoxicillin is effective for treatment of early cutaneous Lyme borreliosis; the effectiveness and safety of oral amoxicillin is neither better nor worse than common alternatively-used antibiotics.

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Amoxicillin is occasionally used for the treatment of skin infections, such as acne vulgaris.

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Amoxicillin is recommended by the World Health Organization for the treatment of infants with signs and symptoms of pneumonia in resource-limited situations when the parents are unable or unwilling to accept hospitalization of the child.

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Amoxicillin is susceptible to degradation by ß-lactamase-producing bacteria, which are resistant to most ß-lactam antibiotics, such as penicillin.

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Amoxicillin is a semisynthetic derivative of penicillin with a structure similar to ampicillin but with better absorption when taken by mouth, thus yielding higher concentrations in blood and in urine.

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Amoxicillin was one of several semisynthetic derivatives of 6-aminopenicillanic acid developed by the Beecham Group in the 1960s.

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Amoxicillin is one of the semisynthetic penicillins discovered by Beecham scientists.

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