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Can You Get Amoxicillin Over The Counter Without Prescription?

Can You Get Amoxicillin Over The Counter Without Prescription?

Amoxicillin is used to treat a wide range of infections, including respiratory infections, middle ear infections, dental abscesses, and a number of other infections. Amoxicillin is the most commonly prescribed antibiotic with seasonal prescribing patterns in the UK.

In the months of December and January, on average, about 1 million Amoxicillin prescriptions are issued each month (OpenPrescribing.net)


Is Amoxicillin available over the counter without a prescription?

No. Amoxicillin has the legal status of prescription-only medicine (POM) in the UK.

This means it can only be supplied from a pharmacy on prescription issued by appropriate prescribers such as:

  • A doctor;
  • A dentist;
  • A supplementary prescriber;
  • An independent nurse prescriber; and
  • An independent pharmacist prescriber

Can you buy Amoxicillin online without a prescription?

No. Supply of Amoxicillin without prescription would be illegal. However, online services allow you to have a consultation with a doctor who can issue a private prescription online.

I have seen a website selling Amoxicillin without a prescription. Is it legitimate?

Most likely not, since the supply of Amoxicillin in the UK requires a prescription. Buying medication from an unknown website can be risky (Dangers of buying medicines online). The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) operates ‘a voluntary internet pharmacy logo scheme’ in the UK.

All pharmacies in Great Britain, including online pharmacies, must be registered with the GPhC. Look for the following logo to check if the website operates legitimately:

Alternatively, you can check the registration status for any pharmacy by searching GPhC’s online register.

Quick FAQ

Is amoxicillin safe to take on an empty stomach?

It can be consumed with or without meals. Take it with meals if it irritates your stomach. Take your medication regularly.

Is it true that amoxicillin makes you sleepy?

It's common to feel sleepy when using amoxicillin to treat an infection. Get medical help if you're very weary to the point of feeling weak, fainting, or battling to stay awake.

What is the most common amoxicillin side effect?

Feeling nauseous (nausea) and diarrhea are the most prevalent amoxicillin effects. Amoxicillin in liquid form might discolor your teeth. This does not last long and may be removed with a brush.

Can you consume Amoxillin with alcohol?

You can eat and drink normally while taking amoxicillin. Yes, you can drink alcohol with amoxicillin.

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