Q. What is Amoxycillin + Clavulanic Acid?
Amoxycillin + Clavulanic Acid is a combination of two medicines: Amoxycillin and Clavulanic acid. It is used to treat bacterial infections like, tonsillitis, sinusitis, otitis media, respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, boils, abscesses, cellulitis, wound infection, bone infection, and oral cavity infections. The medicine works by killing the harmful bacteria that cause infections.
Q. Is it safe to use Amoxycillin + Clavulanic Acid?
Amoxycillin + Clavulanic Acid is safe to use when taken as advised by the doctor. However, in some patients, it may cause common side effects like diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, rash, allergic reaction and other uncommon or rare side effects. If you experience any persistent problem during the course of your treatment, inform your doctor as soon as possible.
Q. Are there any specific cautions associated with the use of Amoxycillin + Clavulanic Acid?
The use of Amoxycillin + Clavulanic Acid is considered to be harmful for patients with known allergy to penicillins or any other ingredient of the medicine. It should not be used in patients with a history of liver disease. Therefore, inform your doctor if you are allergic to any medicines.
Q. Can the use of Amoxycillin + Clavulanic Acid cause contraceptive failure?
Yes, the use of Amoxycillin + Clavulanic Acid can lower the efficacy of birth control pills. Consult your doctor and seek advice regarding the use of other methods of contraception (e.g., condom, diaphragm, spermicide) while you are taking Amoxycillin + Clavulanic Acid.
Q. Can I take a higher than the recommended dose of Amoxycillin + Clavulanic Acid?
No, taking a higher than the recommended dose of Amoxycillin + Clavulanic Acid can increase the risks of side effects. Amoxycillin + Clavulanic Acid takes time to show its full effect and treat your infection. If you are experiencing increased severity of your symptoms, please consult your doctor for re-evaluation.
Q. What are the instructions for the storage and disposal of Amoxycillin + Clavulanic Acid?
Keep this medicine in the container or the pack it came in, tightly closed. Store it according to the instructions mentioned on the pack or label. Dispose off the unused medicine. Make sure it is not consumed by pets, children and other people.
Q. Can I stop taking Amoxycillin + Clavulanic Acid when my symptoms are relieved?
No, do not stop taking Amoxycillin + Clavulanic Acid before completing the full course of the treatment, even if you feel better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cured. Hence, continue taking the medicine for the due course as the medicine may still be showing beneficial effects.
Q. Can Amoxycillin + Clavulanic Acid cause an allergic reaction?
Yes, Amoxycillin + Clavulanic Acid can cause an allergic reaction. It is considered to be harmful for patients with known allergy to penicillins. Get emergency medical help if you have any signs of allergic reaction like hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat.
Q. Can the use of Amoxycillin + Clavulanic Acid cause diarrhea?
Yes, the use of Amoxycillin + Clavulanic Acid can cause diarrhea. It is an antibiotic which kills the harmful bacteria. In addition to that, the medicine may affect the helpful bacteria in your stomach or intestine as well and cause diarrhea. In case you experience diarrhea, drink plenty of water or other fluids. Talk to your doctor if diarrhea persists and you notice any signs of dehydration, like less frequency of urination with dark colored and strong-smelling urine. Do not take any other medicine without consulting a doctor.