Is it safe to take Amoxicillin for food poisoning?

Posted on Thu, 11 Jun 2015 in Digestion and Bowels
Question: Can I take antibiotic for my food poisioning and for how long? I'm an adult female. My amoxicillin seems to be alleviating my stomach pain
Answered by Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Amoxicillin not the right choice

Detailed Answer:
Hello and Welcome

I appreciate your concern

Amoxicillin is not an appropriate choice in case of food poisoning. If there is mild food poisoning then supportive therapy including fluid / electrolyte replacement would suffice. However , if there is high fever, leukocytosis ( a high TLC count ), blood in stool and vomiting then antibiotics like ciprofloxacin should be administered along with isotonic fluid replacement, in consult with your doctor. A five day course of Ciprofloxacin 500 mg twice a day can be prescribed by your doctor.

Wishing you best of health


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