Polymox review

Polymox is an antibiotic manufactured by Apothecon, with the generic name of amoxicillin – a penicillin-type antibiotic. Penicillin antibiotics stop infections by preventing the bacteria from generation cell walls, causing them to stop multiplying and die. Polymox is a versatile antibiotic, capable of treating infections in the ears, nose and throat, the skin, the lower respiratory tract, and in the genitals and urinary tract. It works on bacteria such as strains of E. coli, H. influenzae, Streptococcus spp., certain strains of Staphylococcus, and N. gonorrhoeae among others. However, it does not work on viral infections. It comes in 250mg/ml liquid suspension form.

Dosage of Polymox, as with most antibiotics varies per patient and infection. However, Polymox may be taken with or without meals. Before administering the dose, shake the suspension very well to ensure proper distribution of amoxicillin. Larger doses for adults with more severe infections may be taken as 875mg every 12 hours or 500mg every 8 hours. Smaller doses for milder infection are prescribed 500mg every 12 hours or 250mg every 8 hours. For children, it prescribed to be taken 25-40mg/kg/day every 8-12 hours depending on the infection.

Inform your doctor if you have asthma, liver or kidney disease, blood clotting disease, antibiotic allergies or allergies of any kind. You may need further tests or special dosages to safely take amoxicillin.

If you are allergic to penicillin and other penicillin-type antibiotics, then taking Polymox will also cause allergic reactions. However, even without allergies, some children can develop a non-itching rash usually 72 hours after taking amoxicillin for the first time. This so-called “amoxicillin rash” spreads from the trunk and appears like measles at first glance. However, it is not a true allergic reaction, and should not be considered a contra-indication for amoxicillin use. It does present a danger when it cannot be identified from a true penicillin allergic reaction, and is left untreated. It is then advisable to always seek medical attention whenever a rash develops.

Symptoms of true penicillin allergic reaction include sneezing, itching, rashes and difficulty in breathing. This may develop into anaphylactic shock if untreated and that may cause the patient to be unable to breathe.

Polymox is considered to be safe to use for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers as long as they are not allergic to penicillin. It is even sometimes used to treat infections in newborn children.

It may also cause interaction when taken with other antibiotics such as tetracycline so they should not be taken together. Polymox may also reduce the effectiveness of certain birth control pills, so inform your doctor if you are on any birth control medication before taking Polymox.

Polymox may cause symptoms of diarrhea, nausea, fatigue and vomiting. Consult your doctor if these symptoms still persist. Agitation, anxiety and headaches have also been rarely reported.

The primary concern with Polymox is the development of anaphylactic shock due to hypersensitivity to amoxicillin. This reaction may develop due to penicillin allergies or even from allergies caused by multiply allergens. If anaphylactic reaction does develop, then it is advised that you discontinue the use of Polymox as serious anaphylactic shock requires emergency treatment to prevent possible death.

Polymox has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of polymox

• Molecular formula of polymox is C16H19N3O5S
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 7-[2-amino-2-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-acetyl]amino-3,3-dimethyl-6- oxo-2-thia-5-azabicyclo[3.2.0]heptane-4-carboxylic acid
• Molecular weight is 365.405 g/mol
Polymox available : 500mg capsules, 400mg chew tabs, 200mg/5ml suspension 100ml bottle, 250mg/5ml suspension 100ml bottle, 400mg/5ml suspension 100ml bottle, 125mg/5ml suspension 150ml bottle, 250mg/5ml suspension 150ml bottle, 50mg/ml suspension 30ml bottle, 400mg/5ml suspension 50ml bottle, 400mg/5ml suspension 75ml bottle, 500mg tablets, 875mg tablets

Generic name: Amoxicillin

Brand name(s): Amoxicilline, Amoxicillinum, Amoxiden, Amoxil, Amoxivet, Amoxycillin, Amoxycillin trihydrate, Amoxyl, Ampy-Penyl, Anemolin, Aspenil, Biomox, Bristamox, Cemoxin, Clamoxyl, D-Amoxicillin, Delacillin, Dispermox, Efpenix, Flemoxin, Hiconcil, Histocillin, Ibiamox, Imacillin, Lamoxy, Metafarma, Metifarma, Moxacin, Moxal, Ospamox, Pamoxicillin, Piramox, Robamox, Sumox, Tolodina, Trimox, Unicillin, Utimox, Vetramox, Wymox, Zimox

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