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    Default Drug Rash- Amoxicillin picture - Pediatric Atlas

    Who gets it?
    Morbilliform drug eruptions are very common, comprising 95% of all drug-induced skin reactions. Beta-lactam antibiotics (penicillins, cephalosporins), antibiotic sulfonamides, allopurinol, anti-epileptic drugs and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) are the most common drugs to cause this. However the list is very long and includes herbal and natural therapies.

    On the first occasion, the skin rash usually appears 1-2 weeks after starting the drug, but sometimes may occur up to 1 week after ceasing the medication. However on re-exposure to the causative (or related) drug, skin lesions appear within 1-3 days.
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    In general, a morbilliform skin rash in an adult is usually due to a drug, but in a child is more likely to be viral.

    The development of a morbilliform eruption after starting amoxicillin for sore throat and fever is almost diagnostic for glandular fever (infectious mononucleosis), occurring in almost 100%.

    Clinical features
    Morbilliform drug eruption usually first appears on the trunk and then spreads to the limbs and neck in a symmetrical pattern. Mucous membranes are not affected.

    The exanthem consists of widespread pink-to-red flat spots (macules) or raised bumps (papules) that blanch with pressure. It may resemble the rash of measles, rubella or scarlet fever, thus mimicking viral and bacterial exanthems. The spots may cluster and merge to form sheets over several days, sometimes involving the entire skin surface. On the lower legs the spots may appear purple and non-blanchable (purpura), especially if the patient has a low platelet count. On the extremities the spots may appear ring-shaped (annular) or hive-like (urticaria-like), giving a polymorphous (mixed) appearance, a clue that this is a drug reaction and not due to infection.

    Other conditions to consider
    In the early phase, it may not be possible to clinically distinguish from other more serious forms of drug reaction that develop more characteristic features with time, for example, Stevens Johnson syndrome – toxic epidermal necrolysis or drug hypersensitivity syndrome. A similar rash may appear due to infections and systemic diseases such as connective tissue disease, acute graft versus host disease, Kawasaki disease, etc.

    Clinical Trials Experience
    Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

    Postmarketing or Other Experience
    In addition to adverse events reported from clinical trials, the following events have been identified during postmarketing use of penicillins. Because they are reported voluntarily from a population of unknown size, estimates of frequency cannot be made. These events have been chosen for inclusion due to a combination of their seriousness, frequency of reporting, or potential causal connection to AMOXIL.

    In case of overdosage, discontinue medication, treat symptomatically, and institute supportive measures as required. A prospective study of 51 pediatric patients at a poison-control center suggested that overdosages of less than 250 mg/kg of amoxicillin are not associated with significant clinical symptoms. Interstitial nephritis resulting in oliguric renal failure has been reported in a small number of patients after overdosage with amoxicillin.

    Crystalluria, in some cases leading to renal failure, has also been reported after amoxicillin overdosage in adult and pediatric patients. In case of overdosage, adequate fluid intake and diuresis should be maintained to reduce the risk of amoxicillin crystalluria.
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    Renal impairment appears to be reversible with cessation of drug administration. High blood levels may occur more readily in patients with impaired renal function because of decreased renal clearance of amoxicillin. Amoxicillin may be removed from circulation by hemodialysis.

    diffuses readily into most body tissues and fluids, with the exception of brain and spinal fluid, except when meninges are inflamed. In blood serum, amoxicillin is approximately 20% protein-bound. Following a 1-gram dose and utilizing a special skin window technique to determine levels of the antibiotic, it was noted that therapeutic levels were found in the interstitial fluid.

    Metabolism and Excretion
    The half-life of amoxicillin is 61.3 minutes. Approximately 60% of an orally administered dose of amoxicillin is excreted in the urine within 6 to 8 hours. Detectable serum levels are observed up to 8 hours after an orally administered dose of amoxicillin. Since most of the amoxicillin is excreted unchanged in the urine, its excretion can be delayed by concurrent administration of probenecid

    Amoxil (Amoxicillin) Drug Information: Clinical Pharmacology - Prescribing Information at RxList
    Morbilliform drug reaction (maculopapular drug eruption). DermNet NZ

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