|Clavulanic acid||Beta-lactamase inhibitor|
|Trade names||Augmentin, Clavamox, Tyclav|
|Licence data||US FDA:|
|Pregnancy cat.||B1 (AU) B (US)|
|Legal status||Prescription Only (S4) (AU) ℞-only (CA) POM (UK) ℞-only (US)|
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Amoxicillin/clavulanic acid (INN) or co-amoxiclav (BAN) is an antibiotic useful for the treatment of a number of bacterial infections. It is a combination antibiotic consisting of amoxicillin trihydrate, a β-lactam antibiotic, and potassium clavulanate, a β-lactamase inhibitor. This combination results in an antibiotic with an increased spectrum of action and restored efficacy against amoxicillin-resistant bacteria that produce β-lactamase.
It is on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines, a list of the most important medication needed in a basic health system.
Amoxicillin/clavulanic acid is widely used to treat or prevent many infections caused by susceptible bacteria, such as:
- urinary tract infections,
- respiratory tract infections,
- skin and soft tissue infections, and
- infections caused by the bacterial flora of the mouth, such as:
Possible side effects include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, thrush, and a skin rash. These do not usually require medical attention. As with all antimicrobial agents, antibiotic-associated diarrhea due to Clostridium difficile ("C. diff") infection—sometimes leading to pseudomembranous colitis—may occur during or after treatment with amoxicillin/clavulanic acid.
Rarely, cholestatic jaundice (also referred to as cholestatic hepatitis, a form of liver toxicity) has been associated with amoxicillin/clavulanic acid. The reaction may occur up to several weeks after treatment has stopped, and usually takes weeks to resolve. It is more frequent in men, older people, and those who have taken long courses of treatment; the estimated overall incidence is one in 100,000 exposures. In the United Kingdom, co-amoxiclav carries a warning from the Committee on Safety of Medicines to this effect.
A patent was granted in 1985.
Augmentin is the original name used by its inventor.
Suspensions of amoxicillin/clavulanic acid are available for use in children. They must be refrigerated to maintain effectiveness.
Amoxicillin/Clavulanic acid is used in numerous animals for a variety of conditions.
- urinary tract infections
- skin and soft tissue infections
Trade names include Clavaseptin, Clavamox and Synulox.
Amoxicillin/clavulanic acid is banned from use in domestic-food animals (cattle, swine, etc.) in both the US and Europe, in the UK synulox can be used in "domestic-food animals" as long as a specified withdrawal period is observed.
Bacterial antibiotic resistance is a growing problem in veterinary medicine. Amoxicillin/clavulanic acid is reported to be effective against clinical Klebsiella infections, but is not efficacious against Pseudomonas infections.
- Amokav (Kepler Healthcare Pvt. Ltd.,India)
- Alviclav 625 (Alvis Health Care; India)
- Amoclav (Rowex Ltd., Ireland)
- Amoklavin-BID (deva, Turkey)
- Amoksiklav (by Novartis Slovenia, Serbia, Bulgaria)
- Amorion Comp (by Orion Corporation Finland)
- AMOX/K CLAV (875 mg, Sandoz; US)
- Amoxi Clav (Canada)
- Amoxicilina-Clavulánico (Spain)
- Amoxicillin-clavulanate (rINN)
- Amoxicilline-clavulanique (France)
- Amoxiclav (by Teva; Belgium, Israel)
- Amoxiclavulan (by 1A Pharma; Austria)
- Amoxycillin-clavulanate (US)
- AugMaxcil (Triomed; South Africa)
- Augmentin (GlaxoSmithKline [originally Beecham]; Hungary; Pakistan, Romania, Philippines; United States, Australia, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Turkey)
- Augpen (Zuventus; India)
- Clamovid (Hovid)
- Clamoxyl Duo Oral Suspension (Australia)
- Topclav 625/375 (Indswift; India)
- CLAMP (Dr. Reddy's, India)
- Claneksi (Sanbe Farma, Indonesia)
- Clavamox (Sandoz, Austria)
- Clavituf (Intas, India)
- Clavulin (Canada, Brazil)
- Co-amoxiclav (UK, KSA, Ireland, South Africa, Iran)
- Curam (Sandoz)
- Curam Duo (New Zealand)
- Clavam (Alkem Laboratories Ltd; India)
- Enhancin (Ranbaxy, Malaysia)
- Fleming (Medreich, India)
- Finemox (Finecure, India)
- Forcid (Astellas)
- Julmentin 2x (Julphar; Egypt; UAE)
- Klamentin (CTCP Duoc Hau Giang, Vietnam)
- Klamoks ( Bilim Pharmaceuticals, Turkey)
- Klavocin (Pliva - Croatia)
- Klavon ( Bilim Pharmaceuticals, Turkey)
- Klavox (Bahrain and Oman)
- Mega-CV (Aristo, India)
- Magnabiotic (Egypt, Sedico)
- MoxClav (Ranbaxy, India)
- Moxiclav (Medochemie LTD, Cyprus)
- Moxiclav Duo (Australia)
- Moxikind (Mankind Pharma, India)
- Natravox (Natrapharm, Inc., Philippines)
- Noroclav (Norbrook, UK)
- New-Clav (Egypt, Alandalous)
- Panklav (Hemofarm - Serbia)
- Optamox (Laboratorios Roemmers, Argentina)
- Penilan DT (Portugal)
- Polyclav 625 (India)
- Sinergia (LIFE, Ecuador)
- Ratio Aclavulanate 500/125 (Canada)
- xcilan (ovia pharma pvt. ltd. India)
- Xiclav (GL-Pharma, Austria)
- Аугментин (Russia)
- Zakutex (South Korea)
- Klavox (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)
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