Amoxicillin dosage is determined individually in each case. Both dosage and treatment duration depends on many factors including patient’s age, weight, disease severity and anamnesis.
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Which Dosage of Amoxicillin Do I Need?
Dosage for children under 2 years old.
Instruction for use describes the standard recommended dosages. They are calculated per kilogram of body weight depending on age. For children under 2 years old, it is recommended to take 20 mg per kilogram during a day. Let’s transfer these numbers into available for the universal understanding language. Child’s average weight at this age rarely exceeds 15 kg. Consequently, it is enough to take 250-300 mg of antibiotic a day. Most convenient for dosing is a children’s suspension 125 mg: daily dose is about 10 mg.
However, you’d better provide antibiotic dosage calculations and not feed your child with extra milligrams of not the most useful substances.
Dosage for children from 2 to 5 years old.
For this age group, it is much easier to calculate dosage – recommended dosage is 125 mg twice a day.
Dosage for children from 5 to 10 years old.
For this age recommended dosage is doubled and is 500 mg a day. It is more convenient to buy a suspension 250 mg and take 1 spoon of the drug twice a day.
Standard drug dosage that is recommended for children over 10 years old and adults depends on pathology severity and varies from 250 mg to 1000 mg single dose. The frequency of application – twice a day.
How to Take Amoxicillin?
The correctly chosen antibiotic is not a guarantee for successful treatment. In many ways therapy effectiveness, strangely enough, depends on the patient himself. So let’s try to figure out how to safely and properly take Canadian Amoxicillin.
- Minimal treatment course should last five days.
A big mistake some patients make – withdraw the antibiotic immediately after a few days of treatment.
Some patients after two to three days of treatment make hasty conclusions about their recovery and decide to stop taking Amoxicillin. After all, if the antibiotic is assigned correctly, first results can occur within days or even less after therapy is started. Meanwhile, only after five days or more, you can be sure of total bacteria destruction. At the same time, the exact treatment course should be chosen by a doctor.
Treatment with antibacterial drugs from Canadian Pharmacy lasts from 5 days to 2 weeks or even more. But only a doctor should decide how much time exactly it should take.
- The drug should be taken twice a day, better at regular intervals.
During treatment with antibiotics, it is not allowed to skip doses, because drug effectiveness, in this case, is significantly reduced. Drug concentration in blood decreases and bacteria, which are already affected by the drug action, continue to multiply again. And now – at double speed – they are ready for the next already familiar drug dose.
- Amoxicillin should be taken after meals.
Drug tolerability depends on compliance with this rule. Drug administration on an empty stomach causes stomach walls irritation. Therefore, it is in patient’s best interests not to rush and take drugs in the morning after breakfast and in the evening – after dinner.
Amoxicillin for Children
Most antibiotics have one common physical-chemical property – instability in solution. That is why the oral pharmaceutical forms for children is released in granules, which are used to prepare a suspension immediately prior to use.
Some parents, buying products for children, slowly and troublesome are trying to figure out what to do with powder in a bottle. Let’s try to understand together how to prepare the drug correctly.
So, children’s suspension instruction for use clearly says that bottle contents should be dissolved in water. After a brief reading, first questions appear. What should be water temperature? How much water is it necessary?
To prepare a suspension you need cool boiled or purified water. Ideally, medication is prepared in two stages. As a rule, the bottle has marks (transverse guideline), which indicates required level of solvent. Some manufacturers place guideline on the label. Initially, a small amount of water is poured into the bottle (two times less than required) and it is shaken vigorously in an attempt to maximally spread Amoxicillin trihydrate. Thereafter, the solvent was poured up to the mark, the bottle is shaken again and the drug is ready.
Remember that the properly prepared Amoxicillin suspension is the key to a correct dosage, so take this process responsibly.
The prepared suspension should be kept in a cool place, preferably – in a refrigerator. After treatment course medication remains should be utilized. The shelf-life of the dissolved drug does not exceed three weeks.
Important: Before using a suspension, you need to properly shake the bottle each time.
An overdose of Amoxicillin occurs rarely.
Symptoms: severe diarrhea.
Treatment: you need to stop taking this medication, undertake symptomatic treatment and supportive measures (rehydration solution). This substance is cleared from blood via hemodialysis (read more).
Posted by Dr. Himanshu Singh