What is Amoxyclav?
Amoxyclav, with its active ingredients of Amoxicillin and Clavulanate potassium, is used to treat several infections caused by bacteria. It is also used to treat and manage skin, ears, sinus, urinary tract, and gum infections.
A penicillin-type antibiotic, Amoxicillin is generally used to treat a wide range of bacterial infections. It helps treat only bacterial infections and does not alleviate viral infections. Amoxicillin should not be prescribed or used unnecessarily as its misuse can cause antibiotic resistance in dogs. This drug is also sometimes used to treat H.pylori, causing stomach infections and intestinal ulcers from recurring.
Amoxicillin and Clavulanic Acid
Coming under the penicillin-type of antibiotics, Amoxicillin works by inhibiting bacterial growth. Clavulanic acid, on the other hand, falls under the beta-lactamase inhibitors class of medications. It is added to Amoxicillin to help protect the antibiotic from getting destroyed before it can kill the harmful bacteria.
What is the difference between Augmentin and Amoxicillin?
Both Augmentin and Amoxicillin come under the penicillin class drug, and they are used to treat bacterial infections. However, there has always been a valid confusion about these two drugs – Augmentin and Amoxicillin.
A common belief is that Augmentin is just a more potent variant of Amoxicillin among both these drugs. However, this assumption is just not valid. Augmentin is more suitable to treat certain bacterial infections, while Amoxicillin is prescribed to treat a few others. And, in some cases, both these drugs work to treat infections equally.
So, your veterinarian will prescribe the correct antibiotic based on the bacteria responsible for the infection and the type of infection being treated.
Amoxicillin is a standard medication given to pets to treat bacterial infections such as:
- Respiratory infections
- Urinary infections
- Skin infections
- Ear infections
- Stomach and intestinal ulcers
- Gum infections
Augmentin contains Amoxicillin as its primary ingredient and Clavulanate as its second ingredient. As a beta-lactamase blocker, Clavulanate restricts the chemical enzyme produced by bacteria, making it resistant to antibiotics.
Veterinarians or your local pet pharmacy might prescribe both Amoxicillin and Augmentin to treat similar infections but could specifically choose AugmentinAugmentin when treating drug-resistant infections such as:
- Chronic ear infections
- Serious skin infections
- Severe Strep Throat
- Recurring UTIs
How Should Amoxyclav be administered?
Amoxyclav should be given orally along with your pet’s food. It is important to note that all antibiotics should be given to pets for as long as mentioned on the pet prescription, even if you think your pet is feeling better.
List of Potential Side Effects of Amoxyclav
Similar to any other antibiotic, Amoxyclav for pets too comes with a few potential side effects. However, your pet might not get any or all of these side effects. Yet, it is vital to be aware of them in case of emergencies.
The potential side effects of Amoxyclav for cats are stomach upset, diarrhea, vomiting. If your pet suddenly develops allergies such as skin rash, irregular breathing, fever, facial swelling, you should immediately contact your pet’s veterinarian.
It is important to note that drug sensitivities usually occur after prolonged or repeated usage. Your pet might not show any adverse reaction to the medication in the first few doses but might develop sensitivity later. That is the reason why veterinarians advise you to look out for allergic reactions throughout treatment.
What Should I do if I miss one dose?
As with other antibiotics, give the missed dose as soon as you remember, and proceed with your regular medication schedule. However, skip administering the missed dose if the time for the next dose is very near. Ensure you don’t give your pet two doses at the same time or in close intervals. And, never give additional amounts of Amoxyclav for dogs.
Drug Interactions I Should Be Aware
Drugs such as blood thinners, pain medications, inflammation drugs, erythromycin, pentoxifylline, cephalosporins, chloramphenicol, sulfinpyrazone, and probenecid might interact with Amoxyclav. Before starting on Amoxyclav treatment, make sure you inform your veterinarian about any medications you might be giving your pet.
Medication Monitoring with Amoxyclav
If your pet’s veterinarian is prescribing two medications simultaneously, drug interactions might occur. However, the veterinarian could vary the doses of the two medications. In this case, your vet might want you to monitor your pet more closely during the entire course of the treatment.
Store Amoxyclav in an air-tight sealed container, protected from direct sunlight, and ideally below 25 degrees. Ensure that this medication is stored away from damp places like the bathroom cabinets, near the kitchen sink, and more.
What Should I Do in Case of Emergency?
If your dog is showing severe side effects or adverse allergic reaction to this medication, or you think you might have overdosed on your pet, contact your pet’s veterinarian, animal emergency, or pet chemist immediately.
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Amoxyclav Tablets 250 mg
Amoxyclav tablet, manufactured by Apex, is usually given to pets to treat them for various bacterial infections. We provide substantial money-saving discounts when you order from Pet Guardian – You can save 5% when you order 40 Amoxyclav 250 mg tablets and 12% when you order 60 Amoxyclav 250mg tablets.
Amoxyclav Tablets 500 mg
Amoxyclav 500 mg is a prescription medication that contains 400 mg of Amoxicillin and 100mg of Clavulanic Acid. This combination drug is given to pets suffering from bacterial infections of the skin, sinus, ears, and UTIs. We provide money-saving deals when you order from us. You can save 7% when you buy 40 Amoxyclav 500 mg tablets and 12% when you buy 60 tablets.
Amoxyclav Tablets 50 mg
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