Co-amoxiclav is beneficial for the treatment of several bacterial infections. The drug combination acts as an antibiotic against harmful infection-causing bacterias that affect the body. The word amoxiclav is derived from ‘amoxi’ and ‘clav,’ which is a mixture of two drugs namely amoxicillin (an antibiotic that belongs to the family of penicillin) and clavulanic acid (also known as potassium clavulanate). While amoxicillin prevents bacterial growth, clavulanic acid inhibits bacterias from breaking down amoxicillin, helping the antibiotic work to be more effective against the infection.
The following conditions can be treated with this medicine:
- Skin and soft tissue infections
- Ear and sinus infections
- Dental infections
- Throat and respiratory tract infections
- Infections of the joints and bones
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
Although, patients suffering from such infectious conditions must take amoxiclav only when prescribed by a doctor. Those who are hospitalized due to a certain medical reason might be given this medication as an injection as well.
The combo-medicine is effective to treat patients within a couple of days. A single dose sachet of amoxiclav must be taken three times a day for better results. Sachet packs are usually prescribed for oral suspension, especially in children. Also, the dosage quantity recommended to children is comparatively low as compared to adults.
Certain side effect after usage might include the following:
A few common side effects after usage of amoxiclav include:
- Itch or discomfort in the mouth or throat, armpits and genital areas
Some individuals also may experience serious side effects such as skin reaction like rashes or blisters, stomach ache, high fever, pale skin, whites eyes, etc.
As infectious conditions vary from acute to severe, co-amoxiclav the dose per individual varies. The case is similar with factors such as age as well as the past health history of the patient. Higher the dosage, higher can be its side effects. Consulting physician is the best approach if side effects occur too often and do not go away even after the treatment.
People suffering from the following health conditions are not suitable for consumption of amoxiclav:
- Those who are allergic to antibiotics in general
- Those who have jaundice
- Those who have liver issues or liver disorders
- Those who have glandular fever
- Those who have trouble to empty their bladder
- Those who have unhealthy kidneys or kidney issues/disorder
The medication can be taken by lactating or expecting mothers as well as children as far as all the instructions are strictly followed at consumption. Most pharma manufacturers in India print clear instructions on the back cover of co-amoxiclav in order to help patients take dosages in the correct manner.
Children are often given a single-dose sachet of co-amoxiclav that comes in fruit punch flavours. These sachets contain amoxicillin and clavulanic acid in powdered form. They must be mixed with a certain quantity of water to make a syrup, for oral consumption. After consumption of the recommended quantity, it must be stored in a cool place and consumed within 7 days of its preparation. Refrigerator storage is most preferable. This is done for children who have had been recommended more than one dosage for treatment.
The package of amoxiclav usually comes with measurements scale on the bottle that helps patients consume in the prescribed quantity. This also helps patients store the right amount for further doses.