Diarrhea is loose, watery, and frequent stool. Diarrhea is considered chronic when you have had loose or frequent stools for more than four weeks.
Drink plenty of fluids to avoid becoming dehydrated. Drinking milk or other fluids such as water may be fine for mild diarrhea. For moderate and severe diarrhea, [AFFILIATE LINK:] electrolyte solutions available online and in drugstores are usually best.
Diarrhea is a common side effect of amoxicillin. All antibiotics kill off the normal bacteria in our guts which disrupts the gut and can lead to diarrhea.
To treat diarrhea caused by amoxicillin, consider a supplement with probiotics and stay hydrated.
Diarrhea is typically considered a common side effect, but if you’re becoming dehydrated or noticing streaks of blood in the diarrhea, get professional medical attention immediately.
Abdominal pain is pain that you feel anywhere between your chest and groin. This is often referred to as the stomach region or belly.
Almost everyone experiences pain in the abdomen at one time or another. Most of the time, it is not caused by a serious medical problem. Stomach discomfort or nausea is a common side effect of amoxicillin. Less common symptoms include abdominal pain and vomiting.
Taking your dose of amoxicillin with a meal may help prevent this side effect.
To cope with an upset stomach, eat bland, easy to digest foods like soups, crackers, and toast. Peppermint is thought to help upset stomach symptoms. You can take anti-nausea medication if necessary.
If you experience severe, prolonged abdominal pain or see blood in your vomit or stool, seek medication attention immediately.
A headache is pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck. The most common headaches are most likely caused by tight, contracted muscles in your shoulders, neck, scalp, and jaw.
Headaches are a common side effect of taking amoxicillin, and while less serious, are a frequent occurrence.
Taking your dosages with food and drinking an adequate amount of water can help prevent headaches caused by amoxicillin.
Headache and migraine medications, including Tylenol and Aleve, can help to relieve headaches caused by amoxicillin.
Doctors know antibiotics like amoxicillin can cause taste disturbances. Sometimes, a person may find foods taste metallic when they are taking amoxicillin. One possible reason is the medication can affect how well the body absorbs the mineral zinc. A zinc deficiency can cause a bad or metallic taste in the mouth.
Other people may find they are more sensitive to extremely sweet or salty tastes when they are taking amoxicillin. A person may also be dehydrated if they have a fever while they’re taking antibiotics. Dry mouth can affect a person’s taste sensations too.
Most of the time, these side effects go away when you stop taking amoxicillin. Drinking more water to stay hydrated can help. If you’re having a hard time eating anything because of weird tastes, talk to your doctor.
Skin rashes when taking amoxicillin can be common, especially in children. According to Texas Children’s Hospital, an estimated 5 to 10 percent of children taking amoxicillin will experience a skin rash. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if the rash is because of an allergy or not.
Most people notice a skin rash while taking amoxicillin after they’ve taken it for three to five days. The rash may have small, flat or raised red patches unevenly spaced on the skin. Sometimes, they’re itchy and usually start on the chest, stomach, or back.
The rash from amoxicillin is different from an allergic reaction or hives. Hives are raised, itchy, welts that usually pop up within hours after taking the medicine. A person may also have symptoms such as trouble breathing or swallowing.
If a person has a true allergic reaction to amoxicillin, they should seek emergency medical attention if they are having problems breathing. If they can take an antihistamine like diphenhydramine (Benadryl), it may help the itching. They should call their doctor and ask for a prescription for another antibiotic “family” if they are truly allergic.
If the rash isn’t an allergy, it should go away after a few days. Some people may apply an anti-itch cream.
Amoxicillin works well because it can keep bacteria from growing. Unfortunately, sometimes that extends to “healthy” bacteria that maintain pH balance in the vagina. As a result, a person’s vaginal pH may become more basic, yeast can thrive, and a yeast infection can result.
Signs of a yeast infection include itching, redness, and cottage-cheese-like discharge. Over-the-counter medications are available to treat yeast infections. If you aren’t sure if it’s a yeast infection or another infection type, you should talk to your doctor. A doctor can also prescribe stronger medications to treat a yeast infection that doesn’t improve after a few days of over-the-counter treatment.
Allergies are usually not the reason for a negative reaction to a drug. In fact, allergic reactions are an uncommon occurrence. Though it may seem like an allergic reaction, it is really a nonallergic adverse reaction.
Mild allergic reactions include itching and hives. Mild allergic reactions aren’t too worrisome on their own but should be observed in case symptoms worsen. Mild symptoms can be treated with antihistamines and hydrocortisone.
Swelling of the face, lips, tongue, and shortness of breath are signs of a severe allergic reaction. If you experience a severe allergic…