7 facts you should know about commonly prescribed antibiotics for children.

Use of Antibiotics and antiviral medications is very common in children. I get a lot of questions at the pharmacy regarding how to use and store the medications. So I summarized that information here.

This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information. This information is not individual medical advice and does NOT substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your Pharmacist or Doctor for complete information about your specific health needs.

Amoxicillin

Augmentin

(Amoxicillin/Clavulanate)

Cephalexin

(Keflex)

Azithromycin

(Zithromax)

Tamiflu

(Antiviral)

1.

Always discuss the allergies to food or medications with the Doctor or Pharmacist

2.

With or without food

With Food

With or Without food

With or without food

With or without food

3.

Refrigeration preferred but not required

Must be refrigerated

Keep in refrigerator

Store at Room Temperature

Can be stored at Room Temperature or refrigerated

4.

Discard after 14 days

Discard after 10 days.

Discard after 14 days.

Use within 10 days of mixing.

If Refrigerated discard in 17 days. If at Room Temperature Discard in 10 days.

5.

Shake well before use each time. They are all suspensions and they need to be shaken well each time to ensure uniform dosing.

6.

Carefully measure the dose using a special measuring device/syringe/spoon. Do NOT use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose.

7.

1 Teaspoonful = 5 mL

1 Tablespoonful = 15 mL