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Clavam - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Clavam: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What Is Clavam?

Clavam is an antibiotic tablet of class penicillin, a potent combination of Amoxicillin and Clavulanic acid available in multiple generic formulations. It works to stop bacterial growth and reduce its resistance. Its uses include fighting mild-to-moderate bacterial infections causing infections in the lungs, abdomen, bladder, skin, and ear. The recommended dosages for Clavam are calculated per body weight and disease severity. Don’t overdose unless your medical practitioner advises!

What are the uses of Clavam?

Clavam uses include short-term treatment of a range of bacterial infections, including the following:

  • Skin and soft tissue infections, e.g., boils, abscess, cellulitis, wound infections.
  • Bone and joint infections, e.g., osteomyelitis.
  • Lower respiratory tract infections, e.g., chronic bronchitis and broncho-pneumonia.
  • Genito-urinary tract infections, e.g., cystitis, urethritis.
  • Upper respiratory tract infections (including ENT), e.g., recurrent tonsillitis, sinusitis, ear infection.
  • Other Infections, e.g., dental infections, intra-abdominal sepsis.
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What are the side effects of Clavam?

Following are the noted side-effects of Clavam:

MILD EFFECTS

  • Vomiting, nausea, and diarrhoea.
  • Indigestion, pain in the stomach.
  • White, furry, sore tongue and mouth, abnormal taste.
  • Soreness or vaginal itching with discharge.
  • Headache, dizziness, hot flushes.
  • Tooth discolouration.
  • Unusual hyperactivity. 

SERIOUS EFFECTS

  • Watery diarrhoea with mucus.
  • Fever, joint pain, swollen glands in the neck, armpit, or groin.
  • Itchy rash or any visible red/ purple raised spots on the skin.
  • Blood mixed stools or dark urine.
  • Swelling of face, throat, or tongue, causing difficulty in breathing.
  • Unusual bruising, hives, wheezing.

Rare events that have been reported with Clavam tablets include colitis, hepatitis, nephritis, jaundice, crystalluria, and blood disorders.

When it comes to side effects, they are usually mild and self-limited. Although it is important never to ignore these symptoms as they could lead to serious medical complications if left untreated. For further details about Clavam reactions, consult our medical experts at Yashoda Hospitals for a brief overview of side effects and precautions needed, along with dosages instructions.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Clavam

1. Is Clavam safe in pregnancy?

Clavam is usually regarded as safe to take during pregnancy only when prescribed by an expert. Research studies have revealed few or no negative effects on the growing infant; nevertheless, human studies are few. As with other medications, Clavam usage during pregnancy should be avoided unless deemed necessary by a physician.

2. Is Clavam an antibiotic?

Clavam is a penicillin medication that combines the broad-spectrum antibiotic Amoxicillin trihydrate with the Clavulanic acid as a lactamase inhibitor. Clavams are derived from Streptomyces clavuligerus NRRL 3585 and are synthesised to create a novel -- lactam antibiotic to treat bacterial infections.

3. Is Clavam safe during breastfeeding?

While nursing, Clavam is safe to use and is not harmful to children. However, the possibility of sensitization should be considered, as the trace amounts of quantities in breast milk might induce diarrhoea and fungal infection in a breastfed child. A physician must do a risk assessment before prescribing to breastfeeding females.

4. Can Clavam be used for cough?

Clavam helps prevent cough caused by a bacterial infection. However, if a viral or fungal illness causes the cough, the medication has no use. It is advised that you visit your doctor for the most satisfactory available treatment plan before self-medicating to treat a cough.

5. Can human Clavam be used in dogs?

Although the same antibiotics can prevent infections, whether used on humans or animals, it is vital not to provide any animal medications prescribed to humans. Since some antibiotics work better in some animals than others and doses may change. Consult your veterinarian about the best potential medication interactions.

6. Is Clavam good for throat infection?

Clavam treats throat infection by any bacteria causing tonsillitis, sinusitis, otitis, respiratory tract infections, and oral cavity infections. Clavam should be taken in an upright position to avoid throat discomfort. You should not lay down for at least 30 minutes after taking it.

7. Can I take Clavam for 3 days?

The severity of the health condition determines the precise frequency of the courses. Clavam is indicated for a 3 to 10-day course schedule. Contact your doctor straight away if you have any discomfort while taking this medicine. Even if you feel better, it is always suggested that you complete the whole course.

8. Is Clavam a steroid?

Clavam (amoxicillin and potassium clavulanate) is a well-known prescription antibiotic drug. Clavam is not a steroid. It belongs to the class of medications known as antibacterial medicines and beta-lactamase inhibitors.

9. Is Clavam good for fever?

Clavam is only effective against fever caused by bacterial pathogens in the body like febrile neutropenia, which is characterised by fever, a low white blood cell count, and stomach ulcers. It will not assist in the prevention of infections caused by viral or fungal origin colds, flu, or fever.

10. Does Clavam make you sleepy?

Clavam pills do not typically cause sleepiness. Some may experience dizziness or fatigue after using Clavam pills. It is advised to avoid driving a vehicle or operating machinery. If any of the mentioned side effects like dizziness, fatigue, headache, etc., are detected, a doctor should be consulted immediately.

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Disclaimer: The information provided herein is accurate, updated and complete as per the best practices of the Company. Please note that this information should not be treated as a replacement for physical medical consultation or advice. We do not guarantee the accuracy and the completeness of the information so provided. The absence of any information and/or warning to any drug shall not be considered and assumed as an implied assurance of the Company. We do not take any responsibility for the consequences arising out of the aforementioned information and strongly recommend you for a physical consultation in case of any queries or doubts.

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