Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about FISAMOX. It does not contain all
the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you receiving
FISAMOX against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet in a safe place.
You may need to read it again.
What FISAMOX is used for
FISAMOX is an antibiotic used to treat some infections in different parts of the body
caused by bacteria.
FISAMOX will not work against infections caused by viruses, such as colds or the flu.
FISAMOX is an antibiotic that belongs to a group of medicines called penicillins.
These antibiotics work by killing the bacteria that are causing your infection.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why this medicine has been prescribed
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
This medicine is available only with a doctor’s prescription.
There is no evidence that FISAMOX is addictive.
Before you are given FISAMOX
When you must not be given it
You must not be given FISAMOX if you have an allergy to:
any medicine containing amoxicillin
any medicine containing penicillin or any other similar antibiotics such as cephalosporins
any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
shortness of breath
wheezing or difficulty breathing
swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body
rash, itching or hives on the skin
Tell your doctor if you have suffered from any allergic conditions due to the use
Do not use this medicine if you have had ever had liver problems as a result of taking
Do not breast-feed if you are using this medicine.
The active ingredient in FISAMOX passes into breast milk and there is a possibility
that your baby may be affected.
If you are not sure whether you should be given this medicine, talk to your doctor.
Before you are given it
Tell your doctor if you have allergies to any other medicines, foods, preservatives
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any of the following medical conditions:
kidney or liver disease
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you start
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you get
without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines may interfere with FISAMOX. These include:
Probenecid, a medicine used to treat gout
Allopurinol (these are medicines used to treat gout or kidney stones)
Any other antibiotics such as tetracyclines, erythromycin and chloramphenicol
These medicines may be affected by FISAMOX, or may affect how well it works. You may
need different amounts of your medicine, or you may need to take different medicines.
Your doctor has more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid whilst receiving
Some antibiotics may decrease the effectiveness of some birth control pills.
Talk to your doctor about the need for an additional method of contraception whilst
How FISAMOX is given
FISAMOX may be given in two ways:
as a slow injection into a vein
as a deep injection into a large muscle
FISAMOX must only be given by a doctor or nurse.
Your doctor will decide what dose and for how long you receive FISAMOX. This depends
on your infection and other factors, such as your weight. For most infections, FISAMOX
is usually given in divided doses throughout the day.
Sometimes only a single dose of FISAMOX is required for the treatment and prevention
of certain infections.
If you are given too much (overdose)
This rarely happens as FISAMOX is administered under the care of a highly trained
doctor or nurse. However, if you are given too much FISAMOX, you may experience some
of the effects listed under ‘Side Effects’ below. Your doctor has information on how
to recognise and treat an overdose. Ask your doctor if you have any concerns.
After you have been given FISAMOX
Things you must do
If the symptoms of your infection do not improve within a few days, or if they become
worse, tell your doctor.
If you develop itching with swelling or skin rash or difficulty breathing after you
have been given FISAMOX, you may be having an allergic reaction to FISAMOX. Contact
your doctor immediately.
If you get severe diarrhoea tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately. Do this even
if it occurs several weeks after FISAMOX has been stopped.
Diarrhoea may mean that you have a serious condition affecting your bowel. You may
need urgent medical care.
Do not take any diarrhoea medicine without first checking with your doctor.
If you get a sore white mouth or tongue after you have been given FISAMOX, tell your
doctor. Also tell your doctor if you get a vaginal itching or discharge. This may
mean you have a fungal infection called thrush. Sometimes the use of FISAMOX allows
fungi to grown and the above symptoms to occur. FISAMOX does not work against fungi.
If you become pregnant while you are receiving FISAMOX, tell your doctor.
If you have to have any urine tests tell your doctor you have been given FISAMOX.
FISAMOX may affect the results of some tests.
Tell any doctor, dentist or pharmacist who is treating you that you have been given
Things to be careful of
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how FISAMOX affects you.
FISAMOX generally does not cause any problems with your ability to drive a car or
operate machinery. However, as with many other medicines, FISAMOX may cause dizziness,
drowsiness or tiredness in some people.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you have any problems whilst receiving FISAMOX,
even if you do not think the problems are connected with the medicine or are not listed
in this leaflet.
This medicine helps most people with infections, but it may have unwanted side effects
in a few people. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious,
most of the time they are not. You may need medical attention if you get some of the
Do not be alarmed by the following lists of side effects. You may not experience any
Ask your doctor to answer any questions you may have.
Whilst being given FISAMOX
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
oral thrush - white, furry, sore tongue and mouth
vaginal thrush - sore and itchy vagina and/or discharge
a mild rash
pain or redness at the site of injection
If any of the following happen, tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and
Emergency at your nearest hospital:
a severe rash
After finishing FISAMOX
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following side effects, even
if they occur up to several weeks after finishing treatment with FISAMOX:
severe abdominal cramps or stomach cramps
watery and severe diarrhoea, which may also be bloody
fever, in combination with one or both of the above
These are rare but serious side effects. FISAMOX can change bacteria (which are normally
present in the bowel and normally harmless) to multiply and therefore cause the above
symptoms. You may need urgent medical attention.
Do not take any diarrhoea medicine without first checking with your doctor.
An illness consisting of a rash, swollen glands, joint pains and fever may occur about
a week after treatment.
Tell your doctor if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some people.
After receiving FISAMOX
FISAMOX will be stored in the pharmacy or on the ward. FISAMOX is kept in a cool dry
place, protected from light and moisture, where the temperature stays below 25°C.
FISAMOX is not to be given after the expiry date on the label.
What it looks like
FISAMOX is a fine white to off-white powder which has to be dissolved in water before
it is injected. It is available in packs of 10 vials.
FISAMOX contains 1000 mg (1 g) of amoxicillin as the active ingredient.
FISAMOX does not contain gluten, lactose, sucrose, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.
FISAMOX is distributed in Australia by:
Alphapharm Pty Ltd
Level 1, 30 The Bond
30-34 Hickson Road
Millers Point NSW 2000
This leaflet was prepared in November 2020.
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