Amoxicillin 500mg is a broad spectrum, bacteriostatic antibiotic that is used to treat a variety of illness including urinary tract infections.
Urinary Tract Infection is an infection occurring in the Urinary Tract affecting the urethra, bladder, ureters, or the kidneys. Majority of UTIs are caused by E.coli, which is a normal flora in some parts of our body, but a lot of other bacteria, fungi, and even parasites can also cause UTI.
UTI is commonly seen with women because of their shorter urethra and this condition is often taken for granted. Complications of UTI include dehydration, sepsis, kidney failure, and even death. But if it is recognized early then the prognosis of this disease is good. There are many antibiotics for UTI, including Amoxicillin 500mg that we can take with the prescription of a healthcare professional.
Diagnosis of UTI in young healthy women can be based on symptoms alone. However, in those cases with unclear symptoms, a urine culture may be necessary to detect the bacteria responsible for the infection as well as to determine the appropriate antibiotics for UTI. UTI usually presents with signs and symptoms like burning with urination, vaginal discharge, and lower back pain. In young children, fever may be the only symptom for UTI. As for the elderly, it usually presents with a change in mental status or incontinence.
As a preventive measure for those with recurrent infection, low doses of antibiotics for UTI like Amoxicillin 500mg may be taken.
Your doctor will determine the right amoxicillin dosage for you based on several factors. These include the age of the patient, weight, the type of infection, and the microorganism causing the infection. Amoxicillin dosage is also dependent on other medical conditions you may have. Other medications you may currently be taking is also a factor to determine your amoxicillin dosage. It is necessary to consider the right interval when taking amoxicillin, such as every 12 hours or every 8 hours dosing to make the specified amoxicillin dosage for you more effective.
Aside from Amoxicillin 500mg capsules, this drug also comes in other forms such as chewable tablets, liquid, and pediatric drops. We can even give this drug intravenously to a patient for faster absorption and faster action of the drug.
There are no studies that prove the bad effect of alcohol while taking Amoxicillin 500mg. However, it is not recommended especially if you have an ongoing infection that really needs treatment.
According to MedlinePlus, several potentially life-threatening adverse effects can occur when taking amoxicillin 500mg. Common side effects that seldom need emergency medical attention are diarrhea, and nausea and vomiting. But more serious side effects that requires immediate medical intervention are skin rashes, seizures, difficulty in breathing, abnormal bruising or bleeding, tarry stools, and unusual fatigue.
Choice of antibiotics for UTI depends mainly on the virulence of the pathogen, the gravity of the infection and age of the patient. The knowledge and experience of the healthcare professional in using certain antibiotics for UTI in relation to resistance patterns of commonly infecting bacteria is also a consideration.