Side Effects of Amoxicillin

Amoxicillin is a generic version of the prescription drug Amoxil. It is an antibiotic that belongs to the class of antibiotic called penicillin. Amoxicillin works by stopping bacteria from producing by forming walls that surround them. It is used to treat many types of infections, including ear infections, pneumonia, gonorrhea and salmonella. While side effects don't appear in every person who takes this antibiotic, like with other prescription drugs they are possible.

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Diarrhea

The body can have an adverse reaction to amoxicillin and when that occurs one may experience diarrhea. When associated with amoxicillin, diarrhea is normally not severe. One may have loose watery bowel movements that will go away once the use of amoxicillin is discontinued.

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Dizziness

Dizziness can be described in two ways. Some people who are prescribed amoxicillin may experience slight cases of vertigo. Vertigo is the feeling of movement when no actual movement is occurring. Other people who are prescribed amoxicillin may experience the feeling of being lightheaded or faint. Normally this symptom will subside by one sitting still for a few moments.

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Nausea

Nausea is when someone feels like he is going to vomit without actually vomiting. There are over-the-counter medications, like Pepto Bismol, that can help with an upset stomach. However, if this side effect occurs it can also be subsided by eating a small amount of food before taking the antibiotic.

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Itching

If itching occurs after taking amoxicillin, it can be a sign of an allergic reaction to the antibiotic. Itching may be isolated in one section of the skin, but can appear all over. If this symptom appears with other symptoms of an allergic reaction, like a skin rash, the doctor may choose to switch the antibiotic. The itching should subside once the use of the antibiotic is discontinued.

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Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain can be caused by many things, but it is also a side effect of amoxicillin. The abdominal pain associated with use of amoxicillin is due to resistant bacteria in the intestinal area. The abdominal cramping will go away on its own, but the use of a heating pad can help relieve any discomfort caused by this side effect.

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Insomnia

Some people that are prescribed amoxicillin, may experience insomnia. The effects of insomnia caused by amoxicillin aren't normally so severe that one can't sleep at all, but some people may have trouble falling asleep. Some may also have interrupted or inconsistent sleep.

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