Generic Name:



Tablet, Capsule

Medication Class:

Penicillin Antibiotic

Active Ingredient:


Pregnancy Category:

Consult your physician (Category B)


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About this medication

Amoxicillin is the name of the medication. It can come as a tablet or capsule, and should be taken by mouth. It belongs to a class of medications called Penicillin Antibiotic.

Why is this medication prescribed

Germs can cause infections in the body. The symptoms depend on the location of the infection in the body. This medication is used for many kinds of infections caused by germs. It is good only for infections caused by Penicillin Antibiotic sensitive germs.

How does it work

Amoxicillin belongs to a group of medications called Penicillin Antibiotics. It works by killing the germs when the germs try to grow. Complete the antibiotic treatment as the doctor ordered even if you feel better. Antibiotics will not work for viral infections such as colds or flu.

How to use it

This medication comes in multiple forms. Consult your package insert for specific instructions on how to take this medication.

What to do if you are pregnant

Tell your physician if you become pregnant. There are not enough studies about this medication in pregnant women. Use the medication during pregnancy only if clearly needed.

Last Update: May 13th 2017
Data sources: Label (May 13th 2017), FDA (May 31st 2015)