Before discussing more about allergic reaction to amoxicillin symptoms, first let’s explore more what actually amoxicillin is! It is familiar used to treat or medicate a wide variety of infections that are caused by bacteria. It can be categorized into penicillin-type antibiotic, which have main function to cut out the growth of bacteria.
Therefore, it should not be used to treat viral infections (like flue or cold). Antibiotic can be almost useless with misuse or unnecessary use!
Furthermore, amoxicillin also can be combined with other medications to treat intestinal /stomach ulcers that are caused by a kind of bacteria (particularly like bacteria H pylori).
Allergic reaction to amoxicillin
Talking about allergic reaction to amoxicillin is often associated with side effects of amoxicillin. Some of allergic reactions to amoxicillin are diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea. If your experience these, you should see your doctor or tell your pharmacist promptly.
Doctors usually choose amoxicillin because they have analysis that the advantages to a patient are greater than the disadvantages (the risk of side effects). In many cases, many patients successfully use this medication and without having serious side effects. But in rare cases, there are also a few patients who experience or develop some allergic reactions.
The risk of side effects may increase when this medication is used for repeated periods, which eventually may cause new signs, such as; vaginal yeast infection or oral thrush. Therefore, if patients notice some new symptoms, like changes in vaginal discharge, or white patches in their mouth, or other new signs -- they should contact their doctor immediately.
And in very rare cases, some severe symptoms of allergic reactions to amoxicillin can occur which may include; persistent fever (sore throat), easy bleeding, abdominal /stomach pain, dark urine, yellowing skin /eyes, or persistent vomiting & nausea! Tell the doctor immediately if you experience these symptoms.
Furthermore, amoxicillin may rarely cause a serious health problem for intestinal or familiar known as Clostridium difficile, which is also often associated with diarrhea. It can be caused by a type of resistant bacteria. It may occur weeks to months after stop taking this medication or during treatment. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience mucus /blood in the stool, cramping /pain in the stomach, or persistent diarrhea!
Other allergic reactions to amoxicillin are trouble breathing, swelling or itching in the throat /tongue /face, dizziness (very dizziness), or rash (mild rash)! And there may be other side effects -- talk with your doctor to get more detailed information and more advices!
What you should consider before using amoxicillin?
You should know that amoxicillin may have inactive ingredients that can lead to allergic reactions and other health problems. Therefore, first make sure you are not allergic to amoxicillin! Ensure also you are not allergic to other penicillin antibiotics! How do you know you are ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ allergic to amoxicillin?
Tell your doctor any conditions that you have and then your doctor will get the conclusion, particularly tell your doctor if you have; a history of allergy (no matter what the type of your allergy, let your doctor know), a history record of diarrhea (particularly if your last diarrhea was caused by using antibiotics), kidney disease, asthma, mononucleosis, or liver disease.
What else you should know?
- Amoxicillin should not be used when you are being pregnant and breastfeeding, unless if your doctor recommends it with clearly reason.
- This medication also can reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills. If you need to take this medication, talk with your doctor to use other methods of birth control that use non-hormone option, like diaphragm or condom!
- To get the right treatment (either in doses and how to use appropriately amoxicillin), always take this medication by prescription from your doctor.
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