A combination of two antibiotics often used to treat more serious infections
|Used For||Sinus, urine, skin, bone infections|
|Doseage||Usually 1 tablet three times a day|
|Side Effects||Serious side effects: Allergic reactions, severe diarrhoea or liver inflammation Common: Headache, nausea, itchy skin, vomiting, mild diarrhoea|
|Warnings||Avoid if you have glandular fever|
|Pregnancy||Not known to be harmful|
Co-amoxiclav is an antibiotic that contains two different antibiotics (amoxicillin and clavulanic acid) that work together.
It is usually used to treat more complicated or serious bacterial infections including skin infection, urine infections, sinus infections, joint infections, kidney infections.
The two ingredients in this antibiotic work together to kill bacteria and overcome some of the toxins that the bacteria can produce. Some bacteria are able to evade and survive when exposed to some antibiotics which is why in more serious infections this combination of two antibiotics might be used.
The dosage required depends on the weight and age of the patient and whether they have any kidney or liver problems. In a middle aged health adult the usual dose is one tablet three times a day but this can be reduced in elderly patients and in patient whose kidney or liver function is reduced.
While taking co-amoxiclav it is important to keep well hydrated and drink plenty of water.
Antibiotics can cause an allergic reaction and symptoms associated with an allergic reaction include: rash, fever, swelling of the face or mouth, difficulty breathing, and collapse. These are signs of a serious allergic reaction and you would need to seek help straight away.
Is is also possible to develop serious diarrhoea due to taking co-amoxiclav - if you develop severe watery diarrhoea it is very important to let you doctor know straight away.
Other common side effects include: thrush, nausea, vomiting, milder diarrhoea, itchy skin rash, dizziness and headaches.
Avoid taking this antibiotic if you have glandular fever.
It is usually recommended that you don't drink alcohol while taking antibiotics, but there is no know significant interaction between co-amoxiclav and alcohol.
Co-amoxiclav is not known to be harmful to babies but it is still important that you tell your doctor if you are pregnant.
Co-amoxiclav is not known to be harmful to babies but it is still important that you tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
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