10 Side Effects of Amoxicillin

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Amoxicillin is a penicillin-like antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections, such as pneumonia, bronchitis and infections of the urinary tract, skin, ear, nose and throat. Sometimes amoxicillin is used with clarithromycin to manage stomach infections that are caused by H. pylori overgrowth.

However effective it may be, amoxicillin has many potential side effects. Common side effects of amoxicillin include diarrhea, headache, stomach upset, skin rash, distorted taste and vaginal yeast infection. Less common side effects of the drug include blistering, allergic reactions, dizziness, breathing problems, seizures, insomnia, fatigue, jaundice, unusual bleeding and trouble passing urine. Talk to your doctor to learn more about amoxicillin.


Diarrhea is frequent, watery and loose stool. When diarrhea lasts for four or more weeks, it's considered chronic. To avoid dehydration, it's advisable to drink a lot of fluids. Beverages such as water and milk are suitable for mild diarrhea. For moderate-to-severe diarrhea, electrolyte solutions are necessary.1Diarrhea & Electrolyte Imbalance.’ COM, Leaf Group, www.livestrong.com/article/363529-diarrhea-electrolyte-imbalance/

Diarrhea is a common amoxicillin side effect. Antibiotics, such as amoxicillin, kill both the disease-causing and beneficial bacteria. As a result, they disrupt the large intestine and can cause diarrhea. Staying hydrated and supplementing gut bacteria with probiotics may help alleviate diarrhea. If bleeding accompanies diarrhea, immediate medical attention is required.


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