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A 20-year-old male asked:

My doctor prescribed amoxicillin 4x a day for my strep throat. how many hours apart should i be taking each pill?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
Every 6 hrs: This does not have to be exact. You can sleep 8 hours and then compensate by adjusting the remaining time periods. Good luck.
Dr. Mark Safford
Critical Care 36 years experience
Timing of medication: A medication order "4 times a day" can be taken every 6 hours or every 4-5 hours to make it possible to sleep. Try not to miss a dose to get the maximum benefit of the medication.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Two choices: You can struggle to get this in on a every 6 hour schedule or you can simplify matters.You can treat a strep throat with Amoxicillin divided every 12 hours.Just double your dose & spread it out.I always treat my patients this way.
Dr. Holly Maes
Dr. Holly Maes commented
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Excellent suggestion, Jim!
Jun 6, 2013

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