2nd October 2019

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Are penicillin and amoxicillin the same?

Amoxicillin and penicillin are two of many antibiotics on the market today. They're actually in the same family of antibiotics, called the penicillin family. So while amoxicillin and penicillin are different, they're similar in many ways. As antibiotics, both can be used to treat infections caused by bacteria.

Also, can you take ampicillin if you are allergic to penicillin?

Make sure you tell your doctor if you are allergic to penicillin. Ampicillin is a type of penicillin - do not take it if you are allergic to penicillin. Space your doses out evenly over the day and complete the full course of the antibiotic, even if you feel your infection has cleared up.

What antibiotics should you avoid if you are allergic to penicillin?

Tetracyclines (e.g. doxycycline), quinolones (e.g. ciprofloxacin), macrolides (e.g. clarithromycin), aminoglycosides (e.g. gentamicin) and glycopeptides (e.g. vancomycin) are all unrelated to penicillins and are safe to use in the penicillin allergic patient.

Can you take amoxicillin if you are allergic to penicillin?

If you've had an allergic reaction to one type of penicillin, you may be — but are not necessarily — allergic to other types of penicillin or to some cephalosporins. Penicillins include: Amoxicillin. Ampicillin.
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