The combination of amoxicillin and potassium clavulanate (also known as clavulanic acid) is used as a growth inhibitor against bacteria that causes infections. The combo acts as a complete medication that can treat various types of bacterial infections that affect the ears, skin, urinary tract, lungs and sinus. While amoxicillin acts as an antibiotic that stops bacterial growth, potassium clavulanate prevents bacteria against a counter-effect on amoxicillin.
Available Types of Amoxicillin & Potassium Clavulanate:
The combination of amoxicillin and clav in India are available in the following types, based on dosage, infectious condition, age group, consumption type, etc.
- Tablets: These are available in coated, dispersible and chewable forms either combined or just as an antibiotic.
- Powder for Oral Suspension: These are either used to create a solution for oral suspension or injected to patients.
- Capsules: Amoxicillin are also available in capsules
- Sachets: Every Amoxicillin clav manufacturer produces them in specific quantities that can be suitably prescribed to patients based on their immunity level or age.
When to avoid prescribing the medicines together?
Used as a treatment for several infectious conditions, these medicines are used to fight bacterial infections only. However, the two medications, especially the antibiotic, are not used for other viral infections like common cold or flu. Doing so, might increase the risk of infection leading to a resistant system against antibiotic treatment.
Moreover, the medicines should not be consumed by patients with severe disorders of the kidney or liver or if you are on birth control pills. Also, those who are allergic to antibiotics must avoid consumption of such medications during their on-going treatment.
Instructions to follow before consumption:
The following conditions must be checked before a patient is prescribed or given amoxiclav medicine:
- Check if the patient has chronic kidney conditions or poor kidney health. In that case, giving such medications must be avoided. Also, avoid the same for those who undergo dialysis.
- If the patient is pregnant or lactating. In that case, you must reconsider your dosage or prevent it.
- If the patient has liver issues like jaundice or severe liver damage, the medicine can worsen their health conditions. Hence, the doctor may require to change the prescription entirely for the patient.
- If the patient is a child or an infant, ensure you have the right dosage. Although, this condition is only applicable under doctor’s advice.
- If patients take certain medicines like blood thinner, vitamin supplements, herbal products, etc. In this case, consuming amoxiclav can interact with other drugs and have an ill effect on your health.
While prescribing amoxiclav to patients ensure you give them clear instructions. Most amoxicillin and potassium clavulanate in India have proper directions mentioned on their covers. Patients must be asked to read and follow for a long term dosage.
The first dosage can begin at the start of a meal and repeated every 12 hours. For chewable tablets, let your patients know that they must be well chewed before swallowing. Similarly, for powder, ask them to follow the exact instruction mentioned on its outer cover for effectiveness.
Inform patients that they must consume the medication course timely and in their given dosages only. If they follow the entire course of medication well, it may assure complete recovery from the infection. In spite of foreseeing an improvement in symptoms, completing the course is still necessary.