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Is amoxicillin sold over-the-counter in other countries?

Is amoxicillin sold over-the-counter in other countries?

Yes: There are many countries in which you can purchase virtually any antibiotic over the counter. ...Read more

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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Is there a over-the-counter amoxicillin in the usa or a drug over the counter. That does the same thing?

Is there a over-the-counter amoxicillin in the usa or a drug over the counter. That does the same thing?

No: Amoxicillin is a penicillin-type of antibiotic. It is by prescription only. There is no similar over-the-counter product in the U.S. If a person has a new illness that might need amoxicillin, then a visit to the doctor's office is typically needed. If a current prescription got lost, or if liquid amoxicillin got spilled, one can call the doctor for a refill, or sometimes HealthTap PRIME can help. ...Read more

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Is there a over the counter substitute for amoxicillin and a good pain pill for a broken tooth next to my wisdom tooth?

Is there a over the counter substitute for amoxicillin and a good pain pill for a broken tooth next to my wisdom tooth?

See a dentist: In the USA, you need a prescription to get amoxicillin or any antibiotic. You need to see a MD or a dentist (physician of the mouth) to get a prescription. Same with an effective pain pill, so go right to the doctor who can help you the most...a dentist! ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter substitute for amoxicillin? It will be used to treat a throat infection.

Is there an over-the-counter substitute for amoxicillin? It will be used to treat a throat infection.

Don't treat: Throat infection with antibiotics unless it is bacterial. The types of antibiotics used are prescription medications. ...Read more

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I have an abscess the last time I had it they gave me amoxicillin, is it possible to get it over the counter or by prescription only?

I have an abscess the last time I had it they gave me amoxicillin, is it possible to get it over the counter or by prescription only?

Must see doctor: Sorry, but there is no getting around it: you must see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. If amoxicillin worked last time, that REDUCES the chance it would be effective now. You must not simply take amoxicilin; that could be dangerous. See a doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) (or the generic) 875 mg. A good medicine to take for sinus infections and what else can help, including over the counter. Thank you.?

Is augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) (or the generic) 875 mg. A good medicine to take for sinus infections and what else can help, including over the counter. Thank you.?

Yes: Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) is a good, broad spectrum antibiotic for sinus infection- it is Amoxicillin and clavulanate which helps prevent resistant infections. You could use a decongestant (and or antihistimine) over the counter to help with symptoms (can be used at the same time). ...Read more

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I just finished amoxicillin for strep/sinus issued last week now I'm all congested again! Thinking its allergy related, any OTC could help?

I just finished amoxicillin for strep/sinus issued last week now I'm all congested again! Thinking its allergy related, any OTC could help?

Consider consult: Hard to know without more information. Allergy is possible, but so is inflammation from a partially treated infection. Sometimes a longer course of antibiotics is necessary for true bacterial sinus infection, particularly if there was initial improvement. Sometimes a short prednisone course is given to resolve inflammation and improve efficacy of the antibiotic. Consider a consult to discuss. ...Read more

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My daughter is 9 and is taking amoxicillin for strep, she has a cough that won't stop so which kind of cough medicine can I buy OTC for her?

My daughter is 9 and is taking amoxicillin for strep, she has a cough that won't stop so which kind of cough medicine can I buy OTC for her?

RobituscinDM/DELCYM: I presume she has been examined by md and does not suffer from asthma or allergic conditions. And cough is the only symptom and you need some over the counter cough medicine for symptom relief. Suggest
1extra fluids
2over the couner cough medicine containing an expectorant like guifanicin and cough suppressant like dextromethorphen
robituscin dm
delcym is 12 hour/ no expectorant
discuss with md. ...Read more

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Can OTC generic amoxicillin treat uti, along w/ it im taking OTC Azo and vit c to acidify my urine..

Can OTC generic amoxicillin treat uti, along w/ it im taking OTC Azo and vit c to acidify my urine..

UTI: If the otc medication you buy is really Amoxicillin and the bacteria that causes the UTI is sensitive to the amoxicillin, yes it would, taking " azo" and vit c would not make much of a difference, Amoxicillin alone would cure an ucomplicated uti. ...Read more

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Is it alright to take an OTC cough syrup while taking an antibiotic? I went into see a doctor today and was diagnosed with bronchitis. I took my first dose of amoxicillin at 4pm cdt. I am having one of those hacking coughing attacks almost to the point of

Is it alright to take an OTC cough syrup while taking an antibiotic? I went into see a doctor today and was diagnosed with bronchitis. I took my first dose of amoxicillin at 4pm cdt. I am having one of those hacking coughing attacks almost to the point of

Yes: Amoxicillin should be compatible with otc cough meds. May take a few days to see improvement. Honey has been shown to be equally effective as dextromethorphin in suppressing cough. Make sure that otc is not just Guaifenesin which only thins mucous. Could do dextromethorphin and honey together. Could go to Codeine syrup if cough dry. Don't stop cough completely if mucous coming to clear lung. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take an OTC sleep aid while on 10mg of prednisone, three times a day I have tonsillitis, so I was put on prednisone and amoxicillin. The prednisone has caused me lack of sleep.

Is it ok to take an OTC sleep aid while on 10mg of prednisone, three times a day I have tonsillitis, so I was put on prednisone and amoxicillin. The prednisone has caused me lack of sleep.

Most: Most otc sleep aids contain diphenhydramine, if this is what you plan on taking, then there is no interaction between the two (diphenhydramine and prednisone) and you should be fine. Insomnia is usually not a side effect of prednisone; consider other reasons. If this problem persists bring it to your doctor's attention.
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My 16-month old has diaper rash from amoxicillin prescription for uri. Also rx'd prednisone. Can the pred. Help pain for rash, or should OTC ibuprof better?

My 16-month old has diaper rash from amoxicillin prescription for uri. Also rx'd prednisone. Can the pred. Help pain for rash, or should OTC ibuprof better?

Use an ointment.: The pain of the diaper rash is mainly caused by the diaper and the urine and stool touching the rash. Coat his bottom with a thick film of zinc oxide paste (found in most over the counter diaper ointments) to protect it. If that does not help, then Ibuprofen is a good pain reliever. You should give the Prednisone as prescribed - it should never be given outside of what it says on the label. ...Read more

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I was sick 3 wks ago- doc prescribed amoxicillin. Improved, but have had a post nasal drip, throat clearing and cough. What otc nasal spray is best?

I was sick 3 wks ago- doc prescribed amoxicillin. Improved, but have had a post nasal drip, throat clearing and cough. What otc nasal spray is best?

Viral or allergic ca: The cause of your post nasal drip and subsequent throat clearing is almost certainly mucus generated in your nose secondary to either an allergy or a viral infection. Your response to the amoxicillin was most likely serendipitous. There are many nasal sprays. There is no one best spray. There are pluses and minuses to each. Discuss them with your doctor. ...Read more

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I am on prednisone & augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) for bronchitis & a sinus infection. I have such a congested horrible cough. I'm also an asthmatic. Is there any remedies or OTC meds that would help the congested cough?

I am on prednisone & augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) for bronchitis & a sinus infection. I have such a congested horrible cough. I'm also an asthmatic. Is there any remedies or OTC meds that would help the congested cough?

A few ideas: Your medications sound appropriate for your diagnoses. What I did not hear you mention was that you are using your asthma inhalers regularly. This is key, of course, for your lung health.
Also inhalation therapy of steam scented with menthol or herbs can be helpful for both lungs and sinuses. And have an adult try percussion-lightly pounding your chest with a cupped palm to loosen the phlegm. ...Read more

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Is it ok to continue taking metformin even if I don't have polycystic ovaries anymore? Is it true it counters the effect of OTC pills (weight gain)

Is it ok to continue taking metformin even if I don't have polycystic ovaries anymore? Is it true it counters the effect of OTC pills (weight gain)

Yes: If you have Insulin resistance or even diabetes metformin is fine to take. Some people have lost weight on metformin, perhaps due to GI side effects. I haven't heard that it can interfere with diet pills but those can be dangerous on their own. ...Read more

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Are there any good substitutes for amoxicillin?

Are there any good substitutes for amoxicillin?

Depends: It would depend on the type of infection being treated and the reason Amoxicillin is being avoided. You need to give more detail to your question. ...Read more

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Does amoxicillin go bad?

Does amoxicillin go bad?

Yes: All drugs eventually go bad. All drugs have an expiration date on the bottle. The drug is not necessarily inactive after this expiration date but has only been tested by the manufacturer to be active for that length of time. ...Read more

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Amoxil (Definition)

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