What Happens If I Take My Antibiotics Early?

Do antibiotics have to be taken exactly 12 hours apart?

It is usually taken every 12 hours (twice a day) or every 8 hours (three times a day) with or without food.

The length of your treatment depends on the type of infection that you have.

Take amoxicillin at around the same times every day..

Do antibiotics have to be taken exactly on time?

Some antibiotics are always meant to be taken at the same time of day, others are meant to be taken before, with or after a meal. If you are supposed to take the medicine three times a day, for example, it usually needs to be taken at set times so that the effect is spread out evenly over the course of the day.

Can I take my antibiotics 30 minutes early?

Time-critical scheduled medications are those where early or delayed administration of maintenance doses of greater than 30 minutes before or after the scheduled dose may cause harm or result in substantial sub-optimal therapy or pharmacological effect.

What happens if I stop my antibiotics a day early?

If you stop treatment early, you have only killed the weaker of the bacteria, those bugs most readily wiped out by the antibiotic.

What happens if you take antibiotics too close together?

There’s an increased risk of side effects if you take 2 doses closer together than recommended. Accidentally taking 1 extra dose of your antibiotic is unlikely to cause you any serious harm. But it will increase your chances of getting side effects, such as pain in your stomach, diarrhoea, and feeling or being sick.

Is it OK to take antibiotics 2 hours late?

As a general rule, for all oral medicines it is usually acceptable to take a dose up to 2 hours late. As a one-off, patients can disregard any warnings about taking the medicine before or after meals, as it is more important to take the dose.