December 20, 2014
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Clavulin

(amoxicillin - clavulanic acid)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

01916882 CLAVULIN-125F 125MG/31.25MG PER 5 ML SUSPENSION
01916874 CLAVULIN-250 250MG/62.5MG PER 5ML SUSPENSION
02238831 CLAVULIN-200 200MG/28.5MG PER 5ML SUSPENSION
02238830 CLAVULIN-400 400MG/57MG PER 5ML SUSPENSION
01916858 CLAVULIN-500F 500MG/125MG TABLET
02238829 CLAVULIN-875 875MG/125MG TABLET

How does Clavulin 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.

How should I use Clavulin?

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 Clavulin come in?

Clavulin-125F
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, flavours (golden syrup dry, orange dry 1, orange dry 2, raspberry dry), hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, silicon dioxide, succinic acid, and xanthan gum.

Clavulin-200
Each 5 mL of reconstituted suspension contains amoxicillin 200 mg as the trihydrate and clavulanic acid 28.5 mg as the potassium salt (in a ratio of 7:1). Nonmedicinal ingredients: aspartame, colloidal silica, flavours (golden syrup dry, orange dry 1, orange dry 2, raspberry dry), hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, silicon dioxide, succinic acid, and xanthan gum.

Clavulin-250F
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, flavours (golden syrup dry, orange dry 1, orange dry 2, raspberry dry), hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, silicon dioxide, succinic acid, and xanthan gum.

Clavulin-400
Each 5 mL of reconstituted suspension contains amoxicillin 400 mg as the trihydrate and clavulanic acid 57 mg as the potassium salt (in a ratio of 7:1). Nonmedicinal ingredients: aspartame, colloidal silica, flavours (golden syrup dry, orange dry 1, orange dry 2, raspberry dry), hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, silicon dioxide, succinic acid, and xanthan gum.

Tablets

Clavulin-500F
Each scored, white, oval, film-coated tablet, marked with "AC" on one side, 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 (methocel E5), hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (methocel E15), magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol 4000, polyethylene glycol 6000, sodium starch glycolate, and titanium dioxide.

Clavulin-875
Each scored, white, capsule-shaped tablet, marked with "AC" on both sides, 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 (methocel E5), hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (methocel E15), magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol 4000, polyethylene glycol 6000, sodium starch glycolate, and titanium dioxide.

Who should NOT take Clavulin?

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

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