Cenmox contains of the antibiotic Amoxicillin as its active ingredient. Amoxicillin is a beta-lactam antibiotic that belongs to the penicillin family. Being a broad-spectrum antibiotic, it is prescribed in the treatment of a wide range of bacterial infections caused by gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. Antibacterial medications do not work in treating viral infections such as the common cold or flu. Bacterial infections that Cenmox can treat are, but not limited to the following:
- Skin infections
- Throat infections
- Bone infections
- Ear infections
- Dental infections
- Heart infections
- Kidney or genitourinary tract infections
- Nose or sinus infections
- Blood infections
- Respiratory tract infections
It is also used for the treatment of gonorrhea, typhoid and paratyphoid, and infections related to pregnancy. Amoxicillin is prescribed in conjunction with other medications for the treatment of stomach ulcer caused by Helicobacter pylori.
Amoxicillin kills bacteria by inhibiting the production of peptidoglycan, which is responsible for providing cell wall strength to bacteria. It attacks bacterial cell wall during the multiplication stage of the bacteria. Through this cell wall biosynthesis inhibition, bacteria can no longer survive inside a human body, leading to bacterial death.
Cenmox is manufactured by Centurion Laboratories
Patients allergic to the active ingredient Amoxicillin or other beta-lactam antibiotics like cephalosporins, and antibiotics from the penicillin family like ampicillin, dicloxacilliin, oxacillin, or allergy to capsule excipients, must not use Cenmox.
Warnings and Precautions
One must consult a healthcare professional first, before taking Cenmox, to determine if this medication is safe for use and to prevent any drug interactions and further health damage.
A physician must be informed of any of the following conditions before using Cenmox:
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- History of diarrhea caused by antibiotics
- Drug allergies like allergy to cephalosporin antibiotics
- Suspected glandular fever
Amoxicillin (Cenmox) can interact with other medications and may cause undersirable effects. A physician must be informed of other medicines and supplements being taken. Below is a list of some Amoxicillin interactions with other medications.
- Amoxicillin reduces the effectiveness of birth control pills, patches or rings because it affects estrogen reabsorption.
- Combination with oral anticoagulants may require careful monitoring because of increased anticoagulation effects.
- Other antibacterial drugs such as macrolides, sulfonamides, chloramphenicol and tetracycline interferes with the effects of penicillin antibiotics including amoxicillin.
- Concomitant use with probenecid increases and prolongs amoxicillin blood levels of amoxicillin
- Concomitant use with allopurinol increases the risk of allergic reactions such as skin rash
- Penicillins including amoxicillin reduces the excretion of methotrexate, thus increasing potential toxicity
Amoxicillin can stop the effects of oral typhoid vaccine, therefore, any vaccination containing live bacteria is not recommended while taking this drug.
This medication can also cause false-positive results in urine-glucose diagnostic tests such as Clinitest, Benedict’s Solution and Fehling’s Solution.
This antibiotic should only be used by pregnant women if no safer alternative is available and if the benefit of the drug outweighs the risk. Amoxicillin (Cenmox) is under Pregnancy Category B – animal studies have shown that amoxicillin does not harm the fetus but there are not enough studies done in pregnant women.
Caution is advised to nursing mothers as amoxicillin is excreted in human milk and may cause sensitization of nursing babies.
Cenmox and Alcohol
Alcohol does not affect the action of Amoxicillin (Cenmox) but it is recommended to avoid alcohol consumption while on antibiotic therapy to help the body fight the infection.