What Is Co-Amoxiclav?
Co-Amoxiclav also known only as Amoxiclav is a combination of two drugs, Amoxicillin and Potassium Clavulanate, both of which have antibiotic properties against a hoard of infections. Respiratory infections, skin infections, infections of the urinary system and bones and joints respond well to Co-Amoxiclav. For the combination of amoxicillin and clav India has a huge market.
Both the drugs have been scientifically tested individually and in combination, before deeming them safe for human use.
The pharma sector invests considerable amounts of time and money in conducting clinical trials on every new combination of amoxicillin and potassium India develops. Co-Amoxiclav is sold under different brand names developed and patented by several pharma companies in India.
Role Of Co-Amoxiclav In Treating Pediatric Patients
Co-Amoxiclav plays the same role in both adult and pediatric patients. Respiratory infections, skin infections, infections of the urinary system and bones and joints respond well to Co-Amoxiclav. However, the dosage varies significantly in adults and children.
Amoxiclav preparations are indicated for the following symptoms and diagnoses in kids above 6 years of age only:
- Ear pain with pus like discharge
- Sinusitis with headache and blocked nose
- Urinary tract infection with fever and burning sensation while passing urine
- Bacterial skin infections with redness, itching and pustules over the skin
The ideal dosage of Amoxiclav for children weighing over 40 kgs, is 500 mg of Amoxicillin and 125 mg of Potassium Clavulanate per kilogram of body weight. For children weighing less than 40 kgs, no more than 60 mg of Amoxicillin and 15 mg of Potassium Clavulanate are recommended per kilogram of body weight. This dosage can be safely repeated upto thrice a day. A pediatrician’s opinion is mandatory before giving Amoxiclav to children.
Side Effects Of Co-Amoxiclav
Like every pharmaceutical drug, wrong consumption of Amoxiclav can also cause side effects. This may occur due to taking extra dosage of the Amoxiclav, or taking it when it is not indicated. Pharmaceutical contract manufacturing in India maintains all the necessary precautions to keep the dosage of the ingredients of Amoxiclav to the optimum levels.
Some side effects that may occur due to Amoxiclav are as follows:
- Skin rash and itching
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
None of the side effects of Amoxiclav are fatal as long as patients follow appropriate precautions to control them. In case any of the side effects are observed, the medicine must be stopped immediately and the doctor must be informed. A reformed dosage or changing the brand of Amoxiclav may help.
Amoxiclav is an extremely popular and highly effective medicine against several infections. But it should not be consumed unless it is recommended by a physician. Amoxiclav is not sold without a valid medical prescription.