Who can take amoxycillin?

Things to tell your doctor before you take amoxycillin

It is important to tell your health professional if you:

  • are taking any other medicines
  • have a current illness
  • have any allergies to food or other medicines
  • have any long-term health conditions (e.g. heart, liver or kidney problems).

This will help your health professional decide if amoxycillin is suitable for you.

Amoxycillin and allergic reactions

If you or your child has ever had an allergic reaction with symptoms such as a rash, hives, fever, breathing problems or swollen lips, tongue or face when taking amoxycillin or any other antibiotic in the past, you must tell your doctor. This may mean that you will not be able to take amoxycillin and will have to take an alternative type of antibiotic.

Amoxycillin for children with middle ear infections

Amoxycillin is used to treat middle ear infection (otitis media), which is a common complication of a respiratory tract infection (RTI) in children. Antibiotics are only recommended for children with otitis media who:

  • are younger than 6 months
  • are younger than 2 years old with an infection in both ears or with fluid leaking out of their ear(s) (‘otorrhoea’)
  • have a fever (a temperature of 38.5°C or higher) and are vomiting
  • are from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community.

Can I take amoxycillin if I am pregnant?

Amoxycillin can be taken during pregnancy if you are not allergic to amoxycillin or penicillin antibiotics.

Can I take amoxycillin if I am breastfeeding?

Amoxycillin can be taken if you are breastfeeding and you are not allergic to amoxycillin or penicillin antibiotics, but it may cause diarrhoea in your baby.

Find out more about the infections amoxycillin is used to treat, and its side effects and interactions with other medicines.

Phone for medicines information

Call NPS Medicines Line on 1300 MEDICINE (1300 633 424) to get information about your prescription, over-the-counter and complementary medicines (herbal, ‘natural’, vitamins and mineral supplements) from a pharmacist. Your call will be answered by healthdirect Australia (except Queensland and Victoria).

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