Amoxycillin 250 mg & 500 mg capsules
Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about Amoxycillin generichealth.
It does not contain all the available information.
It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet was last updated on the date at the end of this leaflet. More recent information may be available. The latest Consumer Medicine Information is available from https://www.ebs.tga.gov.au/ and may contain important information about the medicine and its use of which you should be aware.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking Amoxycillin generichealth against the benefits it is expected to have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.
What Amoxycillin generichealth is used for
Amoxycillin is an antibiotic used to treat infections in different parts of the body caused by bacteria. These may be infections of the chest (pneumonia), tonsils (tonsillitis), sinuses (sinusitis), urinary and genital tract, skin and fleshy tissues.
Amoxycillin will not work against infections caused by viruses such as colds or the flu.
Amoxycillin is an antibiotic that belongs to a group of medicines called penicillins. These antibiotics work by killing the bacteria that are causing your infection.
Your doctor may have prescribed Amoxycillin generichealth for another reason.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Amoxycillin generichealth has been prescribed for you.
Amoxycillin is not addictive.
This medicine is available only with a doctor’s prescription.
Before you take Amoxycillin generichealth
When you must not take it
Do not take Amoxycillin generichealth if you have an allergy to:
- other penicillins or cephalosporins
- any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include skin rash, itchiness, shortness of breath, swelling of the face, lips or tongue.
Do not take Amoxycillin generichealth if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
Do not take Amoxycillin generichealth if the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack has passed. If you take this medicine after the expiry date has passed, it may not work as well.
If you are not sure whether you should start taking Amoxycillin generichealth, contact your doctor.
Before you start to take it
Tell your doctor if you have had an allergic reaction to any antibiotics in the past.
Tell your doctor if you have any allergies to any other medicines or any other substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes.
Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had any other health problems / medical conditions, including:
- glandular fever
- blood disorders such as leukaemia
- liver or kidney problems.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if your urine has to be tested for sugar levels while taking Amoxycillin generichealth. Amoxycillin will produce false positive results when some of these tests are used. Your doctor will help you to identify the correct test.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. Your doctor or pharmacist will discuss the possible risks and benefits involved.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you take Amoxycillin generichealth.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including medicines that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop. Some medicines may interfere with amoxycillin. These include:-
- medicines used to treat gout (eg. probenecid or allopurinol)
- other antibiotics (eg. tetracyclines)
- anticoagulants (used to prevent blood clots) such as warfarin.
These medicines may be affected by amoxycillin, or may affect how well it works. You may need different amounts of your medicine, or you may need to take different medicines. Your doctor will advise you.
Talk to your doctor about the need for an additional method of contraception while taking Amoxycillin generichealth. Some antibiotics may decrease the effectiveness of some birth control pills.
Your doctor or pharmacist may have more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking Amoxycillin generichealth.
How to take Amoxycillin generichealth
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor and pharmacist carefully. These directions may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
If you do not understand the instructions on the box, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.
How much to take
The usual adult dose is one capsule (250 mg or 500 mg) three times a day.
How to take it
Swallow Amoxycillin generichealth capsules whole with a glass of water. Amoxycillin generichealth can be taken with or without food. The effects of Amoxycillin generichealth are not changed by food.
Space the doses as evenly as possible throughout the day. For example, if you are taking Amoxycillin generichealth three times a day, take a dose about every eight hours.
How long to take it
Continue taking Amoxycillin generichealth until you finish the pack or until your doctor recommends.
Do not stop taking your capsules because you are feeling better. If you do not complete the full course prescribed by your doctor, the infection may not clear completely or your symptoms may return.
If you forget to take it
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to. Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your capsules as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.
If you have trouble remembering to take your capsules, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
If you take too much (overdose)
Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) or go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much Amoxycillin generichealth. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
Keep these telephone numbers handy. If you take too much amoxycillin you may get diarrhoea and nausea.
While you are using Amoxycillin generichealth
Things you must do
Tell your doctor if, for any reason, you have not taken your medicine exactly as directed.
Otherwise, your doctor may think that it was not working as it should and change your treatment unnecessarily.
If the symptoms of your infection do not improve within a few days, or if they become worse, tell your doctor.
If you develop itching with swelling or skin rash or difficulty breathing while you are taking Amoxycillin generichealth, do not take any more and contact your doctor immediately.
If you get severe diarrhoea tell your doctor, pharmacist or nurse immediately. Do this even if it occurs several weeks after amoxycillin has been stopped. Diarrhoea may mean that you have a serious condition affecting your bowel. You may need urgent medical care.
Do not take any anti-diarrhoea medicine without first checking with your doctor.
If you get a sore white mouth or tongue while taking or soon after stopping Amoxycillin generichealth, tell your doctor. Also tell your doctor if you get vaginal itching or discharge. This may mean you have a fungal infection called thrush. Sometimes the use of amoxycillin allows fungi to grow and the above symptoms to occur. Amoxycillin does not work against fungi.
If you become pregnant while you are taking Amoxycillin generichealth, tell your doctor.
If you are about to start taking any new medicine, tell your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking Amoxycillin generichealth.
Tell all the doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking Amoxycillin generichealth.
Things you must not do
Do not stop taking your capsules because you are feeling better, unless advised by your doctor. If you do not complete the full course prescribed by your doctor, all of the bacteria causing your infection may not be killed. These bacteria may continue to grow and multiply so that your infection may not clear completely or it may return and be more difficult to treat.
Do not give Amoxycillin generichealth to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.
Do not use Amoxycillin generichealth to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.
Things to be careful of
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Amoxycillin generichealth affects you. Amoxycillin generally does not cause any problems with your ability to drive a car or operate machinery. However, as with many other medicines, amoxycillin may cause dizziness / drowsiness / tiredness in some people.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking Amoxycillin generichealth. Amoxycillin helps most people with infections, but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people.
All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
- soreness of the mouth or tongue
- diarrhoea (several loose bowel movements per day), indigestion, feeling sick or being sick
- overgrowth of yeast infections (thrush).
These side effects are usually mild.
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
- itching, rash
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- yellowing of the skin or eyes
- dark urine or pale stools
- difficulty or pain on passing urine
- severe diarrhoea.
These are serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention. Serious side effects are rare.
If any of the following happen, stop taking Amoxycillin generichealth and tell your doctor immediately or go to the Accident and Emergency department at your nearest hospital:
- wheezing, swelling of the lips/mouth, difficulty in breathing, hayfever, lumpy rash (hives) or fainting. These could be symptoms of an allergic reaction.
These are very serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation. These side effects are rare.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you don’t understand anything in this list.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
After using Amoxycillin generichealth
Keep your capsules in the blister pack until it is time to take them. If you take the capsules out of the blister pack they may not keep well.
Keep it in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C. Do not store it or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it in the car or on window sills. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep it where children cannot reach it. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking the capsules or the capsules have passed their expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any capsules that are left over.
What it looks like
Amoxycillin generichealth capsules are available in two strengths, each in packs of 20 capsules:
- 250 mg: an opaque, yellow, hard gelatin capsule imprinted with “RX 654” in black on both cap and body
- 500 mg: an opaque, maroon/yellow, opaque, hard gelatin capsule, imprinted with “RX 655” in black
Amoxycillin generichealth contains 250 mg and 500 mg of amoxicillin as the active ingredient.
It also contains:
- sodium lauryl sulfate
- colloidal anhydrous silica
- croscarmellose sodium
- microcrystalline cellulose
- magnesium stearate
- iron oxide yellow
- iron oxide red (500 mg capsule only)
- iron oxide black (500 mg capsule only)
- titanium dioxide
- TekPrint SW-9008 Black Ink (proprietary ingredient # 2328)
Amoxycillin generichealth does not contain lactose, sucrose, gluten or tartrazine.
Amoxycillin generichealth is supplied in Australia by:
Generic Health Pty Limited
Level 1, 1102 Toorak Rd
CAMBERWELL VIC 3124
Australian Registration Number
Amoxycillin generichealth 250 mg capsules: AUST R 207004
Amoxycillin generichealth 500 mg capsules: AUST R 207005
This leaflet was prepared in July 2013.
Published by MIMS March 2015