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Suggest dosage of Amoxycillin

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Posted on Mon, 30 Nov 2015
Question: What's the correct dosage of amoxycillin for an abscess?
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Hanif (46 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
It depends on the site and severity of abscess!!!

Detailed Answer:
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I have carefully worked through your case, and can well realize your health worries. Being your physician, I will take care all of your medical concerns today and will put my best efforts to get you out of this situation.


It depends on the site and size of the tissue involved in abscess. Secondly we also have to see if Amoxicillin is best suited according to the causative agent involved in this abscess. Same is true for the duration of the treatment for amoxicillin.


Usually for a mild infection we recommend taking 500 mg twice, or 250 mg thrice.
For more severe infection we go for 875 mg twice or 500 mg thrice.

Last but not least; there is a difference in abscess and cellulitis. In cellulitis the skin has its intact blood supply and antibiotics effectively reaches in that tissue area. But in abscess there are loculi filled up with cellular debris and pus; and, the antibiotics don't reach well effectively to the infected tissue due to having less or no blood supply. So, you also have to be considerate that Gold Standard management for abscess is Incision and Drainage not the antibiotics in the first place.


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DR. XXXXXXX HANIF
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Suggest dosage of Amoxycillin

Brief Answer: It depends on the site and severity of abscess!!! Detailed Answer: Thanks for the consultation at my virtual clinic! I have carefully worked through your case, and can well realize your health worries. Being your physician, I will take care all of your medical concerns today and will put my best efforts to get you out of this situation. It depends on the site and size of the tissue involved in abscess. Secondly we also have to see if Amoxicillin is best suited according to the causative agent involved in this abscess. Same is true for the duration of the treatment for amoxicillin. Usually for a mild infection we recommend taking 500 mg twice, or 250 mg thrice. For more severe infection we go for 875 mg twice or 500 mg thrice. Last but not least; there is a difference in abscess and cellulitis. In cellulitis the skin has its intact blood supply and antibiotics effectively reaches in that tissue area. But in abscess there are loculi filled up with cellular debris and pus; and, the antibiotics don't reach well effectively to the infected tissue due to having less or no blood supply. So, you also have to be considerate that Gold Standard management for abscess is Incision and Drainage not the antibiotics in the first place. Hope I answered all of your questions. Let me know if you have further clinical concerns or doubts. I will be more than happy to get back to you with expert opinion. Please don't forget to give Five Star rating to help me assist my patients in a better way; and, please don't forget to 'Close This Discussion'. For any disease you have, a timely follow-up is very necessary regarding the treatment efficacy and to see if there is a need to change the treatment options. So keep a follow up to see how you doing (Always write down my name in the start of your questions at this forum & I will be with you in no time). Regards! DR. XXXXXXX HANIF USA