Please consult your physician before taking any medication. Generic Name: AMOXICILLIN - ORAL Pronounced: (a-MOX-i-SIL-in) Polymox Oral Uses: Amoxicillin is a penicillin-type antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria. This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections (e.g., common cold, flu). Unnecessary use or overuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness. Amoxicillin may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.