Amoxicillin (brand names include: Mymox / Amoxil / Amoxin / Amoxivan / Amoksiklav / Bactox / Cilamox / Dedoxil / Dispermox / Enhancin / Geramox / Isimoxin / Klavox / Lamoxy / Mox / Moxypen / Moxyvit / Nobactam / Novamoxin / Panklav / Pamoxicillin / Panamox / Polymox / Wymox / Zimox / Trimox) is a penicillin-like (beta-lactam) antibiotic. It belongs to the most widely-used group of antibiotics available.
Amoxicillin is one of the best forms of antibiotic available today. It is used to treat infections caused by certain bacteria, including:
infections of the ear, nose, and throat (pneumonia, bronchitis);
infections of the genitourinary tract;
infections of the skin and skin structure;
infections of the lower respiratory tract;
gonorrhea, acute uncomplicated (ano-genital and urethral infections) in male and females.
Amoxicillin is also used before some surgery or dental work to prevent infection. It is also used in combination with other medications to eliminate H. pylori, a bacteria that causes ulcers.
Amoxicillin may also be used for other purposes not listed here.
Amoxicillin acts by inhibiting the synthesis of bacterial cell wall and stopping the growth of bacteria.
Amoxicillin is usually the drug of choice within the class because it is better absorbed, following oral administration, than other beta-lactam antibiotics.
Amoxicillin is available in capsules.