amoxicillin - clavulanic acid
In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02244646 ||RATIO-ACLAVULANATE 125/31.25MG PER 5ML|
|02244647 ||RATIO-ACLAVULANATE 250/62.5MG PER 5ML|
|02243771 ||RATIO-ACLAVULANATE 500/125MG TABLET|
|02247021 ||RATIO-ACLAVULANATE 875/125MG TABLET|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
This combination product containing amoxicillin and clavulanic acid belongs to the group of medications known as antibiotics. It is used to treat infections caused by certain bacteria. Amoxicillin works by killing the bacteria that is causing the infection. Clavulanic acid helps make the amoxicillin more effective. This medication is most commonly used to treat infections of the sinus, ear, lung, skin, and bladder.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
The recommended adult dose of amoxicillin - clavulanic acid depends on the infection being treated. The usual recommended adult doses include 500 mg every 8 or 12 hours or 875 mg every 12 hours.
The children's dose of amoxicillin - clavulanic acid is based on body weight, as prescribed by the doctor. Depending on the infection being treated, the dose will range between 25 mg and 45 mg per kilogram of body weight per day, taken in divided doses.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
The medication may be taken with or without food, but taking it with food may reduce side effects such as upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Amoxicillin - clavulanic acid is usually taken for a period of 7 to 10 days. In some cases, it may be necessary to take this medication for a longer period.
If using the suspension form, use an oral syringe to measure each dose to get a more accurate measurement than household teaspoons.
It is very important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by the doctor for the full duration of treatment, even though you may feel better before the medication is finished. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store the tablets at room temperature, protect them from light and moisture, and keep them out of the reach of children.
Store the suspension in the refrigerator and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
875 mg/125 mg
Each scored, white to off-white capsule-shaped, film-coated tablet, breakline on one side and monogrammed "AC", contains amoxicillin 875 mg as the trihydrate and clavulanic acid 125 mg as the potassium salt (in a ratio of 7:1). Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silica, dimethicone 500, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol 4000, polyethylene glycol 6000, sodium starch glycolate, and titanium dioxide.
500 mg/125 mg
Each scored, white to off-white, oval, film-coated tablet, contains amoxicillin 500 mg as the trihydrate and clavulanic acid 125 mg as the potassium salt (in a ratio of 4:1). Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silica, dimethicone 500, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol 4000, polyethylene glycol 6000, sodium starch glycolate, and titanium dioxide.
Each 5 mL of reconstituted suspension contains amoxicillin 125 mg as the trihydrate and clavulanic acid 31.25 mg as the potassium salt (in a ratio of 4:1). Nonmedicinal ingredients: aspartame, colloidal silica, golden syrup dry flavor, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, orange dry flavor 1, orange dry flavor 2, raspberry dry flavor, silicon dioxide, succinic acid, and xanthan gum.
Each 5 mL of reconstituted suspension contains amoxicillin 250 mg as the trihydrate and clavulanic acid 62.5 mg as the potassium salt (in a ratio of 4:1). Nonmedicinal ingredients: aspartame, colloidal silica, golden syrup dry flavor, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, orange dry flavor 1, orange dry flavor 2, raspberry dry flavor, silicon dioxide, succinic acid, and xanthan gum.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take this medication if you:
- are allergic to amoxicillin, penicillin, cephalosporins (e.g., cephalexin, ceftriaxone), clavulanic acid, or any ingredients of the medication
- have had jaundice or liver problems with previous use of this medication
- have or are suspected to have mononucleosis