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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-13-2004, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Does amoxicillin expire in a week??

The vet prescribed amoxicillin (in liquid form) a week ago for my cat for what we thought was just a flea infection. She had a Urinary tract infection. Does amoxicillin expire in a week?

I peeled the sticker they put on to tell me how much medication to give and saw an expiration date of 2006. Why did the vet tell me it was no good afer a week?

Anyone know about this stuff?
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-13-2004, 09:19 PM
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When the vet gets it, its in powder form. Then when he gives it to you, he adds something to make it liquid. At least thats what mine did. Maybe the liquid is only good for 1 week?
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Ahaa cause when I looked online they only had the pill form for animals.

I think the amoxicillin he gave me is the one they give to humans ?? It says adults and children on it.....lol.....it looks like penicillin (pink) and it expires 2006.

Now how does that expire for animals but not humans

Are they working me ?
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Jonsgirl had it right. The powder is good for a while so that is what the 2006 expiration date is. Once it is reconstituted with water, it is only good for a limited amount of time. Amoxi drops are good for 14 days once reconstituted. Perhaps he only gave you a weeks worth of amoxi.
Yes the liquid amoxi is the childrens formula.

I hope that helps.
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post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-13-2004, 10:48 PM
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Once in liquid form it does not last long at all. I find it is much easier though to use than the tablets though.

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post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-13-2004, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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Okay...lol I trust you guys.

I will throw it out once it reaches the 14th day. Thanks

I'm currently giving her baytril. He suggested amoxicillin at first because he didn't want her to get immune to antibiotics when she really needed them.But I thought we should stick with baytril since that was what they were giving her at the vet during her 3 day stay so he gave me that instead........................... but it's in pill form.

Any suggestions how to give it to her. Crush it and put it in what? She doesn't eat an entire can all day so she may not get enough of the antibiotic?
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I'd crush it and put it in a very small amount of food that you know she is going to eat. AND then give her the rest of her food.

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post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-14-2004, 02:27 AM Thread Starter
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Good idea!


Thanks.......I'll try that.
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post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-14-2004, 02:43 AM
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a lil off topic but does amoxcilin cause soft stools? my kitten's been getting them lately... on her 7th day of amoxcillin at the moment.
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From what I understand it can cause that as well as an upset tummy. Best to give with food if kitty throws up or shows any signs of tummy upset.

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