If you have a bacterial infection, your doctor may recommend treatment with amoxicillin. It’s a commonly prescribed generic drug that’s used to treat bacterial infections in adults and children.
The dosage of amoxicillin your doctor prescribes depends on several factors. Examples of these factors include the kind of infection you have and how severe it is. You’ll take a dose of amoxicillin once every 8 hours or 12 hours. If you take the drug twice per day, you’ll take one dose every 12 hours. If your doctor prescribes the drug three times per day, you’ll take one dose approximately every 8 hours. Amoxicillin is usually taken for 10 days to 14 days. But certain kinds of infections only require a single dose of amoxicillin. Others require longer treatment periods. Be sure to take all of your prescribed doses, even if you start feeling better. Stopping antibiotics too early may mean your infection isn’t treated completely. This could raise your risk of the bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics.