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Carton for Amoxil syrup (amoxicillin), England, 1976

Amoxil is a brand name for an antibiotic from amoxicillin, a semi-synthetic penicillin. Amoxicillin was introduced by Beecham Research Laboratories Ltd (now part of GlaxoSmithKline) in 1972. It is used to treat a wide range of bacterial infections, especially those of the chest, ear, and bladder, and can be used in the treatment of gonorrhoea. It can also be taken orally with food. This carton is for a syrup-based version of amoxicillin, especially designed for children and those who cannot swallow tablets easily, and is still available on the market today.

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1977-287 Pt22

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    Glossary: penicillin

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    Glossary: semisynthetic

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    Glossary: gonorrhoea

    A sexually transmitted infection that affects the genital membranes of either sex. Symptoms include a yellowish discharge from the genitals.

    Glossary: antibiotic

    A substance that is used to treat infections.

    Glossary: amoxicillin

    A form of penicillin that is easily absorbed. It is used for a variety of ailments, including middle-ear and sinus infections, salmonella and gonorrhoea.