How Long Does One Dose Of Amoxicillin Stay In Your System?

In our latest question and answer, the pharmacist discusses how long one dose of amoxicillin lasts in your system.

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How long does amoxicillin stay in your system?

Asked by Brian On Jul 31, 2018

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Medical Content Reviewed By PharmacistAnswers Staff

On Aug 01, 2018

We have written a few articles on this subject, which can be found here:


Below are some highlights from that article:

  • Amoxicillin has a short half-life relative to other drugs, around 1 to 1.5 hours. 'Half-life' refers to the time it takes our bodies to metabolize 50% of a drug.
  • Most of your amoxicillin dose will be eliminated within 12 hours (this is why it needs to be dosed 2-3 times daily). More than 60% will be eliminated via the urine 6 hours after your last dose.
  • Elimination time can be prolonged in patients with kidney disease. There are reports that the half-life of amoxicillin is extended to over 12 hours in those with end-stage kidney disease.
  • Amoxicillin will last longer in pediatric patients less than 12 weeks of age due to incompletely developed renal function.

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About Amoxicillin

Amoxicillin is an semisynthetic "aminopenicillin" similar to ampicillin and penicillin. It does however, have a broader spectrum of antibacterial effects than penicillin and is better absorbed than ampicillin. Amoxicillin is used to treat a variety of infections including: Otitis media, bronchitis, sinusitis, and bacterial cystitis. In general, amoxicillin can be given with or without food but food may reduce any gastrointestinal side effects.

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