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Antibiotics

Low Risk

Also known as:

Amoxil (amoxicillin) Augmentin Cipro(ciprofloxacin) Keflex (cephalexin) Levaquin (levofloxacin) penicillin Zithromax/Z-Pack (azithromycin)

Possible Symptoms
  • Stomach upset
  • nausea and vomiting
  • diarrhea
What to Do
  1. Wipe or rinse out the mouth.
  2. Give a serving size of water to drink.
  3. Call 1-800-222-1222 for additional instructions.

Important

If a person has ingested an antibiotic and has had an allergic reaction to an antibiotic in the past, call the Missouri Poison Center right away for additional instructions.

Additional Information

Note: If your child has ingested an antibiotic you need to contact the Missouri Poison center for help on how to handle this exposure. Most families with children are careful to keep medications out of the reach of their little ones. But what happens when an antibiotic that requires refrigeration is prescribed. Parents may not even think about “up, away and out of sight” when it comes to the refrigerator. Many times the bottle of medication is stored on one of the door shelves, within easy reach of a toddler. Before you know it, your child has opened the bottle of medicine and is drinking away. Fortunately, ingesting antibiotics, even in large amounts, typically does not result in serious symptoms.

Even at the prescribed dose, antibiotics can be irritating to the stomach and intestines. Side effects include, poor appetite, stomach discomfort, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. When a large amount is ingested, the same minor symptoms are expected, but may be more noticeable. Some people may be allergic to certain antibiotics. If your child breaks out into hives, develops any difficulty breathing or wheezing, call 911 immediately!

If your child has gotten into an antibiotic do not panic. Take the medication away from them, give the child a drink of water and call the Missouri Poison Center right away at 1-800-222-1222. The poison center is open all day, every day for poisoning emergencies and questions.

Take The Missouri Poison Center With You

Emergencies don’t wait for you, so you shouldn’t have to wait to call for help. Get the Missouri Poison Center app with poison information and a link to the Poison Help Line. It is just a click away during the most stressful moments. Our registered nurses and pharmacists are here 24/7/365 days a year to help guide you through poison exposures and overdose emergencies.

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