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Long term use of amoxicillin

Hi all, I hope this finds you as well as can be expected!

I have been proscribed 2 500mg amoxicillin tablets a day for a 3 month period, although they have made the quality of my life so much better I am concerned about taking the tablets over such a long period. Any similar experience with you guys?

thanks a lot for listening take care and look after yourselves and each other

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Was it the doctor or consultant who gave it to you I have never heard of that one before I hope they help let us know


hi jimmyg23, it was my consultant that proscribed them for my bronchiectasis (his special interest) I have been on them for about two months and now leading a fairly normal life. I produce about a quarter of the mucus than I did before I started the treatment, I am seeing him privately my next visit is Jan and will keep you posted.

All the best Alan


Hi Alan I am glad they seem be doing you the world of good and hope it stays that way just that I had heard of a long course of antibiotics but thanks for the response and pleased for you


Hi Caerleon, do you have COPD or another lung condition?

I have COPD & have Amoxicillin in my rescue pack but it's never been prescribed for daily use.

Be interesting to learn why you have to take it everyday as I thought it would be less effective if taken over a long period.

Take care 🌻


Same here Jessy11. I am also curious, but I do hope it is helping you.


hi jessy, I have bronchiectasis. I discussed this situation with my consultant (it was his recommendation) he said that I would be checked for any resistance occurring and switch medication for as short period. I am lucky enough to have a GP in the family so I confirm everything with him.

Take care


Hi Caerleon, thanks for your reply. I'm sorry I didn't notice you had Bronchiectasis. I understand abs are needed more frequently than if you have COPD like I have.

Hope it works for you

Keep well 🌻


Hi, I was prescribed Amox ABS for Bronchiectasis for home use in an emergency. Did not work for me and was prescribed Azrothmy acin. Kaye


Hi Kathiesue, I also had amox for my emergency kit (I also have bronchiectasis) it was noticed that taking the medication had a profound effect on my quality of life that this form of treatment was recommended.

all the best Alan


I have bronciectasis and am on flucloxacillin twice a day. It has made a hugh difference to my life.. I've been on them now for about 3 years or more. Best thing that ever happened to me, I was permanently ill before taking them. Still feel a bit rough now and again but better. Take care Shirley x


Hi shirleyj, really please to here about your positive outcome, my situation is very similar to yours, and long may it continue.

take care Alan


I just trie Azithromycin as a long term option for Asthma, COPD and Bronchiectasis but can’t tolerate even half the dose so now there’s talk of trying Amoxycillin. I do hope something works as my life is getting more and more difficult with constant chest infections, plus I’m on oxygen as needed!

Great to share on this site, no one could possibly know what we are going through if they haven’t experienced it! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH, I DONT FEEL QUITE SO ALONE SINCE JOINING YOU💕😊


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