- Name of drug
Moxirenz CV-625mg, Moxirenz CV-228.5mg
Moxirenz CV (Co-amoxiclav) contains two medicines: amoxicillin, which is an antibiotic, and clavulanic acid, which helps the amoxicillin to work better.
- What is co-amoxiclav?
Moxirenz CV (Co-amoxiclav) is an antibiotic in a group of drugs called penicillins.Moxirenz CV (Co-amoxiclav) fights bacteria in the body.
Moxirenz CV (Co-amoxiclav) is used to treat many different infections caused by bacteria, such as sinusitis, pneumonia, ear infections, bronchitis, urinary tract infections, and infections of the skin.
Moxirenz CV (Co-amoxiclav) may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
- What is Moxirenz CV (co-amoxiclav) available as?
· Tablets: Amoxicillin/500 mg and Clavulanic acid 125 mg
· Liquid medicine: 200/28.5 mg (200 mg amoxicillin/28.5 mg clavulanic acid / 5 mL)
- When should I give Moxirenz CV (co-amoxiclav)?
Moxirenz CV (Co-amoxiclav) is usually given three times a day. This should be first thing in the morning, early afternoon (or after school) and at bedtime. Ideally.
Give the medicine at about the same times each day so that this becomes part of your child’s daily routine, which will help you to remember.
- Why is it important for my child to take this medicine?
It is important that your child takes this medicine in the way that your doctor has told you to so that it kills the harmful bacteria and gets rid of their infection.
- How much should I give?
Your doctor will work out the amount of Moxirenz CV (co-amoxiclav-the dose) that is right for your child. The dose will be shown on the medicine label.
It is important that you follow your doctor’s instructions about how much to give.
- How should I give it?
This medicine works best when the stomach is empty, so try to give it to your child ½–1 hour before they eat. However, if your child has an upset stomach, you can give it with a small amount of food.
Tablets should be swallowed with a glass of water, milk or juice. Your child should not chew the tablets.
Liquid medicine: Mix the distill water on given level mark and shake the medicine well. Measure out the right amount using an oral syringe or a medicine spoon. You can get these from your pharmacist. Do not use a kitchen teaspoon as it will not give the right amount.
- When should the medicine start working?
Your child should start to get better after taking the medicine for 2 days. It is important that they take the whole course of the medicine that has been prescribed. Do not stop early.
- What if my child is sick (vomits)?
· If your child is sick less than 30 minutes after having a dose of Moxirenz CV (co-amoxiclav) give them the same dose again.
· If your child is sick more than 30 minutes after having a dose of Moxirenz CV (co-amoxiclav), you do not need to give them another dose. Wait until the next normal dose.
If your child is sick again, seek advice from your GP, pharmacist or hospital. They will decide what to do based on your child’s condition and the specific medicine involved.
- What if I forget to give it?
· If you remember up to 1 hour after you should have given a dose, give the missed dose.
· If you remember after this time, do not give the missed dose. Wait until the next normal dose.
· If you forget to give the dose before your child has eaten, but remember during the meal, give them the dose straight after finishing the meal.
- What if I give too much?
You are unlikely to do any harm if you give an extra dose of Moxirenz CV (co-amoxiclav) by mistake.
If you are concerned that you may have given your child too much Moxirenz CV (co-amoxiclav), contact your doctor or take your child to hospital. Have the medicine container or packet with you if you telephone for advice.
- Are there any possible side-effects if yes what are they?
We use medicines to make our children better, but sometimes they have other effects that we don’t want (side-effects).
Moxirenz CV (Co-amoxiclav) is generally a safe drug. However, it sometimes has serious side effects. Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have diarrhea that is severe or lasts longer than 3 days, or if you have nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Keep taking the medication and talk with your doctor if you have any of these less serious side effects:
· mild diarrhea, gas, stomach pain;
· nausea or vomiting;
· skin rash or itching;
· white patches in your mouth or throat; or
· vaginal yeast infection (itching or discharge).
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
- Can other medicines be given at the same time as Moxirenz CV (co-amoxiclav)?
· You can give your child medicines that contain paracetamol or ibuprofen, unless your doctor has told you not to.
· Moxirenz CV (Co-amoxiclav) should not be taken with some common drugs that you get on prescription. If your child is taking any other medicines, tell your doctor and pharmacist.
· Check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving any other medicines to your child. This includes herbal or complementary medicines.
- What other drugs will affect Moxirenz CV (co-amoxiclav)?
Before taking Moxirenz CV (co-amoxiclav), tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:
· allopurinol (Zyloprim);
· probenecid (Benemid); or
· another antibiotic (for the same or for a different infection).
- What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.
Symptoms of an Amoxicillin and clavulanate overdose may include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, skin rash, drowsiness, or hyperactivity.
- What should I avoid?
Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or has blood in it, call your doctor. Do not use any medicine to stop the diarrhea unless your doctor has told you to.
- Is there anything else I need to know about Moxirenz CV (co-amoxiclav)?
Moxirenz CV (Co-amoxiclav) contains amoxicillin, which is a type of antibiotic called penicillin. Your child should not have amoxicillin if they are allergic to any penicillin antibiotic. Make sure you tell your doctor if your child has ever shown any signs of penicillin allergy.
- Important things to know about taking antibiotics
· It is important that your child completes the course of antibiotic. This means that they must take the medicine for the number of days that the doctor has told you to, or until all of the medicine has been taken. If you stop giving the antibiotic too soon, the bacteria that are left will start to multiply again, and may cause another infection. There is also a risk that these bacteria will be ‘resistant’ to the first antibiotic. This means that it might not work next time, and your child might need a different antibiotic.
· Children are sometimes sick (vomit) or get diarrhoea when taking antibiotics. Encourage them to drink water to replace the fluid they have lost.
· Do not give your child any medicine to stop the diarrhoea unless your doctor has told you to, as this can make things worse.
· Try to give the medicine at about the same times each day, to help you remember, and to make sure that there is the right amount of medicine in your child’s body to kill the bacteria.
· Only give this medicine to your child for their current infection.
· Never save medicine for future illnesses. Give old or unused antibiotics to your pharmacist to dispose of.
· Only give the antibiotic to the child for whom it was prescribed. Never give it to anyone else, even if their condition appears to be the same, as this could do harm.
If you think someone else may have taken the medicine by accident, contact your doctor for advice.
· Antibiotics only kill bacteria; they do not kill viruses. This means that they do not work against colds, sore throats, flu or other infections that are caused by viruses. Your doctor will not prescribe antibiotics for these illnesses.
Store the tablets at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Store the liquid form of this medicine in the refrigerator. Throw away any unused liquid after 10 days.
- Where should I keep this medicine?
· Keep this medicine in a cupboard, away from heat and direct sunlight. It does not need to be kept in the fridge.
· Make sure that children cannot see or reach the medicine.
· Keep the medicine in the container it came in.
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Co-amoxiclav?
If you have ever had an allergic reaction to penicillin or to a cephalosporin, you may also be allergic to Moxirenz CV (Co-amoxiclav). Tell your doctor about any past drug allergies.
Before taking Co-amoxiclav, tell your doctor if you have:
· liver disease (or a history of hepatitis or jaundice);
· kidney disease; or
If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use Moxirenz CV (Co-amoxiclav), or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment.
FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. Amoxicillin and clavulanate can pass into breast milk and may cause a yeast infection, diarrhea, or allergic reaction in a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
- Who to contact for more information
Your child’s doctor, pharmacist or nurse will be able to give you more information about Moxirenz CV (co-amoxiclav) and about other medicines used to treat infections.