Known more formerly as Amoxicillin-Potassium Clavulanate, Amox TR-K CLV is a combination penicillin-based antibiotic that can be used to treat bacterial infections. This does not include common colds and flu – these are not bacterial infections, but viral infections. It works to stop the growth of the bacteria that is causing you to become ill.
Usually used when other antibiotics have not worked to overcome the problem, Amox TR-K CLV is commonly prescribed to patients with sinusitis, bronchitis, bacterial infections, and strep throat. It can also be used in the treatment of conditions such as skin infections, ear infections, urinary tract infections, and pneumonia.
As with most medications, Amox TR-K CLV can come with some side effects, particularly adverse ones. They can range from less serious side effects, including gas and mild stomach upset, stomach cramps and pain, vomiting, nausea, headaches, rashes on the skin, itching, throat and mouth patches, usually white in colour, and also yeast infections in the vagina for women, to more serious ones. These will include jaundice and other skin reactions, dark urine and hard stools, no appetite, seizures, unusual behaviour, tingling, bruising, confusion, fever, bloody stools, and even swelling on the face and facial features – lips, tongue, etc.
You are less likely to have a severe reaction to Amox TR-K CLV if you pay particular attention to the warnings, and they will include the following:
Before taking Amox TR-K CLV, speak to your doctor. You shouldn’t take this unless you have been prescribed it for YOU by YOUR doctor.
If you have any of the following medical conditions, you should discuss taking Amox TR-K CLV with your doctor first – mononucleosis, kidney disease, liver disease, jaundice, hepatitis (or a history of), and also if you have any allergies, particularly cephalosporin antibiotics.
If you ever switch between different forms of Amox TR-K CLV, from a chewable or regular tablet to a slow-release tablet, for example, make sure you take the NEW dosage prescribed to you. If not, you might not be taking enough, and in worse-case scenarios, you may even accidentally overdose.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, you should consult your doctor before taking Amox TR-K CLV. This is because both clavulanate potassium and amoxicillin can be passed to the baby, both during pregnancy and during breast-feeding.
Amox TR-K CLV can make your current birth control (oral contraception) ineffective, or less effectuve. It is advisable to use an alternative form of contraception – condoms, for example – to avoid the risk of getting pregnant.
There are a number of other medications that can react with Amox TR-K CLV, and you should discuss taking the medication with your doctor before you start. Other antibiotics are not to be taken at the same time as Amox TR-K CLV, and blood-thinning tablets such as warfarin can also affect the way Amox TR-K CLV works in your body. You should also tell your doctor if you are taking oral contraceptives, herbal supplements, and vitamins.
Amox TR-K CLV can alter the results of a blood test, so if you are taking the medication, make sure you tell your doctor in advance.
Amox TR-K CLV can cause a stomach upset, and this can result in diarrhea. If this continues for more than three days, or is bloody, seek medical attention.
You will need to store Amox TR-K CLV in different ways, depending on how it has been prescribed to you. The liquid formulation should be kept in the refrigerator, for example, and can only be kept once opened for ten days. The tablet for should be kept at room temperature, on the other hand, and should not come into contact with moisture or heat.
You should ALWAYS follow the instructions given to you by your doctor when taking Amox TR-K CLV. Take it for the full prescribed time too – if it tells you to take X amount of tablets, X times per day, for X days, do exactly as it says. You will generally find hat you need to consume this mediation with food.
Do not take two tablets together if you forget a dose. If your symptoms improve, do not stop taking the course unless directed by your doctor. You should try to take the Amox TR-K CLV with a full glass of water. You may find that the medication upsets your stomach if you do not.
If you experience any of the adverse side effects we have told you about, or any others, as a direct result of taking Amox TR-K CLV, consult with your doctor. If you think you have taken too many of the medication, seek urgent medical attention. Always keep this medication, and others, away from children, pets, and other adults that shouldn’t be taking them … by mistake. Never share Amox TR-K CLV, or any other medication, with anyone else.
If you have any questions or doubts about the medication you are taking, consult with a medical professional. Do not guess, and do not turn to Google for answers. They aren’t always the right ones.