When you are pregnant and sick it is important to research all medications before taking anything even if it is an antibiotic. Amoxicillin is a medication that only a doctor can prescribe. Get to know the health risks of taking medications such as Amoxicillin before you decide to consume it while pregnant. Any medication can have an effect on you and your baby during pregnancy.
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Get to know more about this drug in general. Amoxicillin, which is very similar to Penicillin, is used to treat bacteria-caused infections. These are both antibiotics. This antibiotic has not been linked to any birth defects or pregnancy-related difficulties. Consult your doctor first before taking any medication while pregnant.
Talk to your doctor. Amoxicillin is in the FDA category B for pregnancy, which interprets that they do not expect it to be harmful to your baby. If you have an infection you need to first be checked out by your OB/GYN or doctor. If you have a viral infection, this antibiotic will not help you. On the other hand, if the doctor sees that you are correct in needing an antibiotic she may prescribe you Amoxicillin.
Use Amoxicillin according to the dosage recommendations. Amoxicillin is typically taken once a day and at the same time each day. You must take the entire prescription as directed for it to be effective or for it to get rid of your infection. If you do not take it as directed the bacteria may continue to grow and worsen. Amoxicillin is best taken with food and water but can be taken without food. The dosage that your doctor prescribes will depend on your individual condition.
Consider any allergies. Amoxicillin, taken as directed (usually small amounts) by your doctor is acknowledged as harmless as long as the mother has no history of being allergic to Penicillin or any other antibiotics. Again this does not mean it is safe for everyone, so talk to your doctor.
Taken when nursing. Amoxicillin is also acknowledged to be safe during breastfeeding as long as there is no history of allergic reactions and that it is taken in small increments. This antibiotic is also used to treat various infections in babies. Babies can experience unwanted side effects from the medication as well as adults (talk to your babies paediatrician for a individual consultation before use).
Tips and warnings
- Understand side effects. Amoxicillin can cause many unwanted side effects. Some of these are: nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, dizziness, heartburn, stomach pain, fever and sore throat. Most of all if you notice anything out of the ordinary or symptoms continue, consult your doctor.
- Do not take Amoxicillin if you have ever had an allergic reaction to Penicillin. If there is a history of allergic reactions to this medication in your family tell your paediatrician before administering any to your baby.
- Amoxicillin is only used if absolutely necessary during pregnancy or breastfeeding situations. This medication does seep into the breast milk.