Clavulanate – uses, health risks, and side effects at NaturalPedia.com

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by

Clavulanate, also known as clavulanic acid, fights bacteria that are resistant to penicillin and other antibiotics. It has only weak antibacterial activity against most organisms if administered alone, which is why it is often combined with amoxicillin in many antibiotic preparations. It works by inhibiting bacteria from destroying amoxicillin. It is combined with amoxicillin for the treatment of certain infections caused by bacteria, such as infections of the ears, lungs, sinus, skin, and urinary tract. In particular, it is used to treat sinusitis, pneumonia, ear infections, bronchitis, and urinary tract infections.

The combination of amoxicillin and clavulanate is available in forms of a tablet, a chewable tablet, and a suspension (liquid) to be taken orally. It is typically taken with a meal or a snack every eight hours or three times a day, or every 12 hours, or twice a day.

Known side effects of clavulanate

The common side effects of clavulanate in combination with amoxicillin include the following:

  • Diarrhea
  • Mild skin rash
  • Upset stomach
  • Vomiting

Clavulanate in combination with amoxicillin can also cause serious side effects that may need immediate medical attention. These include:

  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Severe skin rash
  • Vaginal itching and discharge
  • Wheezing
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes

Body systems that may be harmed by clavulanate

The body systems harmed by clavulanate, in combination with amoxicillin include the digestive, integumentary, immune, excretory, urinary, nervous, and respiratory systems.

Food items or nutrients that may prevent clavulanate’s side effects

The food items that may help prevent the side effects of clavulanate, particularly diarrhea, include broth-based soups, bananas, oatmeal, psyllium husks, and white rice.

Treatments, management plans for clavulanate’s side effects

Natural treatments for the side effects of clavulanate, particularly diarrhea, include drinking plenty of water and eating a bland diet.

Where to learn more

Summary

Clavulanate, also known as clavulanic acid, fights bacteria that are resistant to penicillin and other antibiotics.

Clavulanate is combined with amoxicillin for the treatment of certain infections caused by bacteria, such as sinusitis, pneumonia, ear infections, bronchitis, skin infections, and urinary tract infections.

Clavulanate commonly causes side effects, such as diarrhea, mild skin rash, upset stomach, and vomiting.

Sources include:

DrugBank.ca

EMedicineHealth.com

MedlinePlus.gov

Drugs.com

GlobalNews.ca

EverydayHealth.com



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