Amoxicillin- Clavulanic acid is an effective antibiotic combination recommended in a various clinical indications. This dual combination comprises of two premium drugs one is Amoxicillin and Clavulanic acid. Amoxicillin is penicillin like antibiotic and has a wide role in treating bacterial infections and Clavulanic acid belongs to the category of beta lactamase inhibitor. This great combination offers wide spectrum of activity as it gives pronounced antimicrobial effects and is active against multiple strains of bacteria some of them are listed below:
- Haemophilus Influenza
- Neisseria meningitides
- Neisseria gonorrhoeae
- Streptococcus pneumoniae,
- Mycoplasma pneumonia
- Listeria monocytogenes
- Legionella pneumophila
This dual combination is widely employed in mild to moderate infections but is not given in flu, cold and other viral infections.
The ailments it is used for:
Amoxicillin- Clavulanic acid is a potent antibiotic combination that cures below mentioned conditions:
- Respiratory tract infections
- Urinary tract infections
- Mild to severe skin reactions
- Ear infections
- Lung infections
Understanding the drug Amoxicillin- Clavulanic acid:
Amoxicillin - Clavulanic acid is an antibiotic treats various sort of bacteria induced infections as it shows excellent patient compliance and potency.
How it works?
It belongs to the category of beta lactam antibiotics and is bactericidal in action. They inhibit the formation of bacterial cell wall by interference with the synthesis of peptidoglycan. They act against various bacteria by stopping their multiplication and will not be effective against bacteria which lacks peptidoglycan cell wall.
It belongs to the class of beta lactamase inhibitors. As the name suggests, it has the ability to stop the beta lactamase by blocking the active enzyme sites. It helps to restores the activity of beta lactam antibiotics against lactamase secreting resistant bacteria.
Amoxicillin – Clavulanic acid
Amoxicillin is combined with Clavulanic acid as this potent combination shows enhanced antimicrobial effect. Clavulanic acid makes the Amoxicillin more potent and increases its therapeutic effect. .
When should you avoid it?
You should not take Amoxicillin- Clavulanic acid if you:
- Are allergic to Amoxicillin- Clavulanic acid
- Are allergic to penicillin
- Have or diagnosed with mononucleosis
- Have jaundice or other liver disease
- Have kidney problems
- Have glandular fever
- Have heart problems like arrhythmia and hypertension
- Are pregnant or breast feeding
How much to take?
The dosage is solely decided by the Doctor after assessing your condition and various factors such as disease condition, age, body weight and gender. One can’t fix the dose as it varies from patient to patient. The three main recommended dosages comprising of are as follows:
- 250 mg – 125 mg (Amoxicillin – Clavulanic acid)
- 500 mg =125 mg (Amoxicillin – Clavulanic acid)
- 875 mg -125 mg (Amoxicillin – Clavulanic acid)
Always take the dose as prescribed by the Doctor.
What are the strengths available?
Amoxicillin- Clavulanic acid is available in following strength combination on our website:
- Augmentin 250 -125 mg
- Augmentin 500 -125 mg
- Augmentin 875 mg – 125 mg
- Augmentin 375 mg
Who is the manufacturer?
Augmentin is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceuticals limited, a well known pharmaceutical giant and is available on our website in the pack of 30, 60 and 90 tablets.
How to take?
Amoxicillin- Clavulanic acid is taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Swallow the tablet with full glass of water. Don’t crush or chew the tablet. Take the medicine timely and complete full course of the treatment.
When to take?
Always take the medicine as instructed by the Doctor or Pharmacist. Don’t consume the medicine in a greater amount
250 mg – 125 mg (mild infections)
One tablet after every 8 hours
500 mg -125 mg(mild infections)
One tablet after every 12 hours
872 mg – 125 mg (severe infections)
One tablet after every 12 hours
500 mg – 125 mg (severe infections)
One tablet after every 8 hours
The dose intake varies from patient to patient. So, doctor will recommend the best therapeutic dose for you. Always take the medicine as prescribed by the doctor.
For how long should it be taken?
Take the medicine as long as recommended by the Doctor. Always ask the doctor before stopping the intake of the drug.
What if you take too much (overdose)?
If overdose, immediately consult with your concerned doctor. Take medical help as soon as possible if you encounter any bizarre reaction. Nausea, vomiting, hyperactivity, drowsiness and extreme dizziness are few signs and symptoms of overdose.
What if you miss the dose?
Try to take the medicine at the same time each day. This reduces the chances of missing dose. Talk to your Doctor if you miss the Dose. Don’t double up the dose in order to catch up with the previous one.
What are the side effects?
Every medicine shows some side effects, same way this drug also have some undesired effects with it. Amoxicillin- Clavulanic acid shows common side effects such as:
- Mild diarrhea
- Mild dizziness
- Mild headache
- White patches in your throat or mouth
- Stomach pain
- Vaginal discharge
Some serious and rare side effects that need serious consideration are stated below:
- Irregular heartbeats
- Chest pain
- Sever dizziness
- Fussiness after eating
- Upper stomach infection
- Itching, fatigue and loss of appetite
- Clay colored stools, dark urine and jaundice
- Insomnia, nightmares and hallucinations
- Tinnitus or hearing problems
- Watery or bloody diarrhea
Are there any possible drug interactions?
Always inform your doctor about the drugs you are taking till date. Give a complete list of prescription or non prescription drugs and any other disease conditions.This way, doctor is able to decide and give you the list of drugs and other things that may interact with Amoxicillin- Clavulanic acid. Drugs listed below may interact with Amoxicillin- Clavulanic acid and can hinder its normal functioning:
- Another antibiotics
What are the things to be taken care of?
- Always take the medicine as per prescription
- Don’t use the expired drug
- Avoid the intake of Aluminum and Magnesium antacids along with it as it may reduce its efficacy.
- Amoxicillin- Clavulanic acid can cause diarrhea, stop taking the medicine and consult your doctor if you experience watery and bloody diarrhea
- Don’t share your medicine with anybody, even if they have the same symptoms
- Always store the medicine at the room temperature and away from moisture, heat and light
- Consult with your pharmacist about the proper disposal of the drug
- Keep a complete record of all the medicines you are taking along with this medicine