What Is Amoxil Used For?
Amoxil is used for treating various types of bacterial infections, including ear infections, strep throat, gonorrhea, and urinary tract infections. The prescription antibiotic is approved for use in both adults and children, including very young infants. Healthcare providers may also occasionally recommend off-label Amoxil uses, such as for preventing (instead of treating) infections.
- Ear infections
- Nose infections
- Sinus infections (sinusitis)
- Throat infections, such as "strep throat"
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs), such as bladder infections or kidney infections
- Lower respiratory tract infections (such as pneumonia)
- Helicobacter pylori infections in people with small intestine ulcers (when combined with other antibiotics).
Amoxil is approved for treating the above infections only when they are caused by certain types of bacteria. Not all bacteria will respond to Amoxil. Also, bacteria have different resistance patterns in different regions in the country. This means that some bacteria may be susceptible to Amoxil in certain parts of the country but not in others. Amoxil is completely ineffective for treating viral illnesses (such as the common cold or the flu).
In some situations, your healthcare provider may perform certain tests to see if your particular infection is susceptible or resistant to Amoxil. In other situations, your healthcare provider may decide to try Amoxil without such tests, especially for infections that are not severe.
It is important to note that a high percentage of people with mononucleosis ("mono") who take antibiotics similar to Amoxil develop a skin rash. Therefore, Amoxil is not recommended for use in people with mononucleosis.