Amoxicillin treatments are used to combat a number of different bacterial infections. In some cases these treatments may cure an active infection, while in others they may prevent infection. The precise type of treatment varies based on the specific circumstances of the patient being treated. Some amoxicillin treatments can be administered through several different oral delivery methods. Others are delivered intravenously.
All amoxicillin treatments are designed to combat some type of bacterial infection. In some instances, these treatments are meant to combat active infections. Strep throat is frequently treated with a course of amoxicillin. Many sexually-transmitted infections respond well to amoxicillin treatment, and the drug is also commonly used in treating urinary tract infections.
Other amoxicillin treatments are designed to prevent or control infection rather than to eliminate an active bacterial infection. Amoxicillin is commonly used to boost the resistance to infection of people whose immune systems have been damaged, especially people who lack a spleen. Acne, which is generally caused by bacteria, can be treated and largely prevented in many patients through the use of antibiotics, and amoxicillin is one common choice for this sort of treatment.
The most common delivery method for amoxicillin treatments is a series of time-release amoxicillin pills. These pills ensure that the level of antibiotic present in the bloodstream remains relatively constant, which ensures that bacterial populations never have an opportunity to recover. Careful spacing of doses is essential in order to ensure that the drug remains above a certain minimum concentration in the body, and the dosage spacing mandated by a pharmacist should be followed exactly, even if this entails getting up in the middle of the night to take a pill.
Another of the oral delivery options for amoxicillin treatments is designed to facilitate the use of the drug in children. Chewable amoxicillin tablets are sometimes used to deliver this medicine. Often, children are given amoxicillin treatments in the form of liquid medicine. This medicine can be compounded with several different flavor syrups in addition to the amoxicillin liquid. These are meant to make the drug more palatable for children to ensure better compliance with a drug treatment program.
In some cases, amoxicillin may be delivered intravenously. This type of treatment is most common in hospital settings. It may also be used when amoxicillin treatments are prescribed for patients, such as those who are unconscious, who are unable to follow other types of treatment programs, but who suffer from conditions requiring treatment with amoxicillin.