Amoxicillin is well-known as an effective antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections in the body, ranging from urinary tract infections to strep throat.
So can you get amoxicillin online?
It is possible to purchase amoxicillin online, but it is important to understand your health condition to make sure it warrants the use of antibiotics.
Read on to learn more about amoxicillin and how to get a prescription online.
What is Amoxicillin?
Amoxicillin is a commonly-used antibiotic that belongs to the penicillin group. It works by stopping bacteria from building walls around their cells that normally protect them from damage. When bacteria are unable to build these cell walls to protect themselves, they can no longer survive.
Amoxicillin can be used to eradicate and treat many bacterial infections, such as:
- Strep Throat
- Sinus Infections
- Some Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) such as gonorrhea
- Urinary tract infections
- Some ear infections
How Does Amoxicillin Work?
Amoxicillin, like some other antibiotics, works by damaging bacterial cell walls, and thus preventing the bacteria from continuing to grow and spread throughout the body. Because of this, antibiotics can only be used for the treatment of bacterial infections.
Viral infections like the flu can’t be treated with amoxicillin because they aren’t spread by bacteria.
In fact, taking amoxicillin could make viral infections worse because by killing bacteria that naturally belong in your body and help support your immune system, they can weaken your body’s natural defenses.
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What are the Risks of Taking Amoxicillin?
Antibiotics, while very effective in ridding your body of infections, can cause serious health problems if they are used too much or incorrectly.
If you want to get amoxicillin online, it’s important to make sure you have an infection that can be treated with antibiotics before you turn to them for help.
One of the most serious risks associated with amoxicillin, or any antibiotic, is that bacteria can become resistant to the treatment. If antibiotics can no longer kill an infection, the infection may become much worse and require different, more serious forms of treatment.
As well as increasing the risk of building bacterial resistance to antibiotics,if you take amoxicillin and don’t have a bacterial infection, the antibiotic may kill good bacteria in your body.
Our bodies are made up of billions of bacteria, many of which are ‘good’ because they bolster our digestive and immune systems. When you introduce an antibiotic like amoxicillin, some of these ‘good’ bacteria may die, as well. This can be very dangerous and can have serious ramifications for your immune system, as well as cause unpleasant symptoms such as antibiotic associated diarrhea.
Before you try to get amoxicillin online, it is important to remember that antibiotics do not treat viral infections, such as the flu or the common cold.
Side effects of amoxicillin
Lots of the side effects of amoxicillin are mild and tend to go away on their own once you finish the course of antibiotics.
However, if you experience severe side effects, stop taking amoxicillin immediately and contact your doctor.
Some severe side effects of Amoxicillin include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Rash or hives
- Chest tightness
- Swelling of the face and/or throat
Amoxicillin allergy symptoms
There is a possibility that you can be allergic to amoxicillin.
If you do have an allergic reaction to amoxicillin, you may experience the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling of the lips, face, or tongue
Mild symptoms typically clear up on their own, but speak to a medical professional if they do not.
If you experience shortness of breath or swelling of the lips, face, or tongue, you should seek immediate medical attention, as this could be a life-threatening reaction.
What to do after being diagnosed with an amoxicillin allergy
True allergies can become worse over time, so if you experience an allergic reaction to amoxicillin, you should let all of your healthcare providers know, and you should not be prescribed amoxicillin ever again.
If you’ve experienced any side effects to amoxicillin you should tell your doctor. Together, you can decide whether the side-effects represent an allergy and work out a proper solution to your allergy or sensitivity to amoxicillin.
How to Get Amoxicillin Online
In the US, all antibiotics require a prescription from a doctor. To get amoxicillin online, first schedule an online appointment with a PlushCare doctor.
Your doctor will ask you questions about your symptoms and medical history to determine what type of infection you have. If the doctor needs more information, he or she will refer you to a lab near you to have blood drawn. Your results will be sent electronically back to your doctor who will confirm your diagnosis and prescribe you an antibiotic, such as amoxicillin.
Don’t let an infection get the better of you. Schedule a secure, online appointment with a doctor today and get healthy.