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Amoxicillin (Definition)

Amoxicillin is in the penicillin class of antibiotics. All penicillins are distinguished by the presence of a beta-lactam ring, and are known to kill bacteria by inhibiting synthesis (production) ...Read more


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Can amoxicillin decrease the effectiveness of the pill (birth control)?

Can amoxicillin decrease the effectiveness of the pill (birth control)?

Yes, possibly: Other than Rifampin,pharmacokinetic studies of other antibiotics have not shown any systematic interaction between antibiotics and BC pills. However, individual patients do show large decreases in the blood concentrations of ethinyl estradiol when they take certain other antibiotics, notably tetracycline and penicillin derivatives (like amoxicillin). Use a backup method of contraception(condoms)!! ...Read more

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How does amoxicillin affect implanon's effectiveness? I was on amoxicillin for about 5 days and then had unprotected sex about 24ish hours after going off the medicine. Just wondering if I should be worried about potential pregnancy. I know i'm probably

How does amoxicillin affect implanon's effectiveness? I was on amoxicillin for about 5 days and then had unprotected sex about 24ish hours after going off the medicine.  Just wondering if I should be worried about potential pregnancy.  I know i'm probably

There : There has been much debate over this topic. Some doctors tell their patients to use a back-up method while on antibiotics, while others do not. Personally I do not advise my patient to use a back up while taking antibiotics, for me there is not enough scientific literature out there supporting any effect. If you suspect you may be pregnant (miss your next cycle) then obviously take a pregnancy test, but i suspect you are fine. Take care. ...Read more

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I have implanon, will amoxicillin lessen the implant's effectiveness and make me risk getting pregnant?

I have implanon, will amoxicillin lessen the implant's effectiveness and make me risk getting pregnant?

Implanon: No, this only applies if you were taking oral contraceptives which can have an abnormal absorption in the intestine, but is very rare. With an Implanon your hormones go directly into your blood stream so you are ok. ...Read more

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I'm currently on the mini pill. I just got a UTI and dr put me on amoxicillin, will taking this decrease the effectiveness of the mini pill?

I'm currently on the mini pill.  I just got a UTI and dr put me on amoxicillin,  will taking this decrease the effectiveness of the mini pill?

No: Typical antibiotics do not decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills. There already is a small risk of failure when using birth control pills, but amoxicillin does not increase that risk. ...Read more

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What would be signs that amoxicillin was having an interaction with the effectiveness of Sprintec birth control?

What would be signs that amoxicillin was having an interaction with the effectiveness of Sprintec birth control?

Pregnancy: Although rare, antibiotics can interfere with birth control. You would not be aware of this until you miss a period. I recommend using a back up method of birth control, such as condoms, when on antibiotics. If your period does not come at the usual time, get tested. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hi. I am taking levofloxaxin and amoxicillin clav. Can I have a couple glasses of wine without effecting the effectiveness of those antibiotics?

Hi. I am taking levofloxaxin and amoxicillin clav. Can I have a couple glasses of wine without effecting the effectiveness of those antibiotics?

No.: No alcohol while on these drugs, esp Amox-Clav. See http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/expert-answers/antibiotics-and-alcohol/faq-20057946 Your body needs to concentrate on metabolizing those antibiotics and fighting off disease, not wasting energy coping with alcohol and its effects, You are pretty sick to need two strong antibiotics, Have some fresh fruit juice! ...Read more

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Amoxil (Definition)

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