Amoxicillin: the benefit-harm trade-off

Diarrhoea and thrush are commonly associated with amoxicillin use but their true incidence may be even higher than reported, an Australian systematic review shows.

This is because poor measurement and under-reporting of harms in trials is widespread, say Queensland researchers.

This means both doctors and patients are unable to make fully informed decisions about using amoxicillin and amoxicillin-clavulanic acid for the treatment of respiratory infections.

“The important consequence of under-reporting of harms is the tilting of the balance of