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Amoxicillin Trihydrate, Clavulanate Potassium Oral suspension

What is this medicine?

AMOXICILLIN; CLAVULANIC ACID (a mox i SILL in; KLAV yoo lan ic AS id) is a penicillin antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth just before a meal or snack. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Shake well before using. Use a specially marked spoon or container to measure your medicine. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household spoons are not accurate. Bottles of suspension may contain more liquid than you need to take. Follow your doctor's instructions about how much to take and for how many days to take it. Do not take more medicine than directed. But, finish all the medicine that is prescribed even if you think you are better.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as newborns for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • dark urine

  • fever or chills, sore throat

  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth

  • seizures

  • trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine

  • unusual bleeding, bruising

  • unusually weak or tired

  • white patches or sores in the mouth or throat

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea

  • dizziness

  • headache

  • nausea, vomiting

  • stomach upset

  • vaginal or anal irritation

What may interact with this medicine?

  • allopurinol

  • anticoagulants

  • birth control pills

  • methotrexate

  • probenecid

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

After this medicine is mixed by your pharmacist, store it in a refrigerator. Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after 10 days.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • bowel disease, like colitis

  • kidney disease

  • liver disease

  • mononucleosis

  • phenylketonuria

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to amoxicillin, penicillin, cephalosporin, other antibiotics, clavulanic acid, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve.

Do not treat diarrhea with over the counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if it is severe and watery.

If you have diabetes, you may get a false-positive result for sugar in your urine. Check with your doctor or health care professional.

Birth control pills may not work properly while you are taking this medicine. Talk to your doctor about using an extra method of birth control.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Last Review Date: 5/14/2014
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