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Clavamox

Clavamox is a potentiated penicillin used for infections caused by susceptible bacteria. It is available as 62.5mg, 125mg, 250mg and 375mg tablets as well as drops containing 62.5mg/1ml. When mixed with water the drops should be stored in the refrigerator and the unused portion discarded after 10 days. The usual dose for dogs and cats is 6.25mg/pound by mouth every 12 hours. The duration of treatment depends on the type of infection and the response to treatment.

Generic Name
Amoxicillin and Clavulanate Potassium

Brand Name(s)
Augmentin (GlaxoSmithKline), Clavamox (Pfizer Animal Health)

What is this medication used for
Amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium is a penicillin-like broad spectrum antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections caused by susceptible organisms.

Availability
Amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium is a prescription medication available as tablets and oral suspension.

How this medicine should be used
The usual dose of amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium in dogs and cats is 6.25mg/pound every 12hours. This medication should be given with food. If the tablets are foil wrapped, do not open wrapper until ready to give the medication.

What are the side effects
Side effects when using amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. If an allergic reaction occurs, symptoms include rash, fever, swelling of face or limbs, difficulty breathing, rapid heart beat and incoordination.

What special precautions are there
This medication should not be used in animals allergic to penicillins or cephalosporins. Use with caution in dehydrated animals or animals with kidney or heart disorders. Certain prescription medications such as allopurinol should be used with caution when taken with amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium due to the increased risk of rash. Erythromycin and probenecid may increase the effectiveness of amoxicillin and clavulante potassium. Always tell your veterinarian and pharmacist what other medications your pet is taking.

In the event of an overdose
Contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room. Symptoms of overdose may include vomiting and diarrhea.

How should I store this medication
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed. Store at room temperature, away from excess heat, light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. After mixing with water, the oral suspension should be kept in the refrigerator and any unused portion should be discarded after 10 days. Shake well before use. Keep out of the reach of children and pets.

This information sheet is for educational purposes only and is intended to be a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise and professional judgment of your veterinarian. The information is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. You should always consult your own veterinarian for specific advice concerning the treatment of your pet.

The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, allergic reactions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for your pet. It is not a substitute for a veterinary exam, and it does not replace the need for services provided by your veterinarian.

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