What is Amoxicillin Clavulanic?

Jennifer Long

Amoxicillin clavulanic is a medication that combines the antibiotic called amoxicillin with a beta-lactamose called clavulanic acid. It is used to treat a bacterial infection that shows resilience to other types of antibiotic treatments. This antibiotic medication is most commonly prescribed to treat infections such as sinusitis and bronchitis. The combination antibiotic is also a common pneumonia medication.

Amoxicillin clavulanic is most commony prescribed to treat bronchitis.
Amoxicillin clavulanic is most commony prescribed to treat bronchitis.

This medication is designed specifically for treating difficult bacterial infections. The amoxicillin works to kill the bacteria, and the clavulanic acid protects the amoxicillin to keep the bacteria from counteracting against the antibiotic. It has a chemical composition similar to ampicillin and penicillin.

Amoxicillin clavulanic can reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills.
Amoxicillin clavulanic can reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills.

Amoxicillin clavulanic is available as a liquid, chewable tablet, or regular tablet. It should be taken two to three times a day, following the prescribing physician’s directions. Different available forms ensure patients of many ages can take the medication easily.

Common side effects experienced while taking amoxicillin clavulanic include nausea, vomiting, and upset stomach. To avoid aggravation from these symptoms, take the medication with plenty of water and small meals or snacks. Most symptoms experienced will subside within a few days of starting treatment and will stop completely within a week of completing the treatment.

Serious symptoms that can occur include a skin rash, hives, and itching. These symptoms generally indicate an allergic reaction and require medical attention. Emergency care is needed if wheezing, jaundice, or trouble swallowing occur. If any additional symptoms occur, a doctor should be consulted.

The prescribing physician should be told about any other medications that are being taken. Amoxicillin clavulanic may interact or reduce the effectiveness of certain medications such as birth control pills, some cancer medications, and gout treatments. Make sure that the doctor is aware of any herbal treatments being used as well.

All of the medication that is prescribed should be taken, even if the infection or illness seems to go away. Stopping the treatment early can lead to further illness. There is also a risk of developing a resistance to the antibiotics, and they will no longer be effective in treating similar types of bacterial infections.

With bacterial infections, it is important to make sure that the antibiotic prescribed is going to be effective. While many doctors know from experience which types of infections will respond and which ones will not, it is not uncommon to have some blood tests and cultures done to make sure that the specific bacteria will respond to the amoxicillin clavulanic medication.

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