Ga-amclav 500/125 tablets - Information, specialists, frequent questions.

Usage of Ga-amclav 500/125 tablets

GA-Amclav 500/125 & GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 contains two active ingredients. One of these ingredients is a type of penicillin called amoxycillin and the other is potassium clavulanate.

GA-Amclav 500/125 & GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets is used to treat a wide range of infections in the body caused by bacteria.

GA-Amclav 500/125 & GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets works by killing the bacteria that cause these infections.

Your doctor may have prescribed GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets for another reason. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets has been prescribed for you.

These medicines are available only with a doctor's prescription.

GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets are not addictive.

Special precautions

When you must not take it

Do not take GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets if:

  1. you have an allergy to GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets, or similar types of antibiotics (e.g. penicillins or cephalosporins) or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include skin rash, itching, difficulty in breathing and swelling of the face or tongue.
  1. you have had liver problems when taking antibiotics in the past.

Do not use GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or if the tablets show any signs of deterioration (e.g. a change in tablet appearance). Return it to your pharmacist for disposal.

Do not use GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets after the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack has passed.

If you are not sure whether you should start taking GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets, contact your doctor.

Before you start to take it

Tell your doctor if:

  1. you have had any type of allergic reaction to cephalosporin medicines.
You may have an increased chance of being allergic to GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets if you are allergic to cephalosporins.
  1. you have any allergies to:
  • any other medicines
  • any other substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes
  1. you are pregnant, or intend to become pregnant.
GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets may affect your developing baby if you take it during pregnancy.
  1. you are breast-feeding or intend to breast-feed.
Amoxycillin passes into breast milk. The effect on breastfed infants is not known.
Like most medicines, GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets is not recommended during breastfeeding. However, your doctor will discuss the possible risks and benefits of taking GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets during breast-feeding.
  1. you have or have had any medical conditions, including:
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • glandular fever (mononucleosis) or a blood disorder

If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you take GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets.

Taking other medicines

Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including medicines that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop. Some medicines may interfere with GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets.

These include:

  • medicines to treat gout (probenecid or allopurinol)
  • oral contraceptives ("The Pill")
  • other antibiotics
  • anticoagulants

These medicines may be affected by GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets, or may affect how well it works. You may need to take different amounts of your medicine, or you may need to take different medicines. Your doctor will advise you.

Talk to your doctor about the need for an additional method of contraception while taking GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 Tablets. Some antibiotics may decrease the effectiveness of some birth control pills.

Your doctor and pharmacist have more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 Tablets.

Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully. They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.

Your doctor or pharmacist will tell you how many tablets you will need to take each day. This depends on your condition and whether or not you are taking any other medicines.

If you do not understand the instructions on the box, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.

How much to take

Your doctor will tell you how many GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets you need to take. This will depend on the type of infection you have.

Adults
Usual dose - one GA-Amclav 500/125 tablet every 12 hours.
For severe infections one tablet every 12 hours of GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 is used.
These dosages may vary depending on your conditions and the severity of your illness.

Children
Children weighing 40kg and more should be dosed according to adult recommendations. GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets are not recommended for children weighing less than 40kg.

How to take it

GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets should be taken immediately before food.

How long to take it

Keep taking this medicine for the full time of treatment, even if you begin to feel better after a few days. If you do not complete the full course prescribed by your doctor, the infection may not clear completely or your symptoms may return.

If you forget to take it

If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to.

Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your tablets as you would normally.

Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.

If you have trouble remembering to take your tablets, ask your pharmacist for some hints.

If you take too much (overdose)

Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26), or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention. Keep these telephone numbers handy.

If you have taken too much GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets you may feel sick in the stomach or experience diarrhoea and nausea.

Things you must do

If the symptoms of your infection do not improve within a few days, or if they become worse, tell your doctor.

If you develop itching with swelling or skin rash or difficulty in breathing while you are taking GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets, do not take anymore and contact your doctor immediately.

If you get severe diarrhoea tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately. Do this even if it occurs several weeks after you have stopped taking GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets. Diarrhoea may mean that you have a serious condition affecting your bowel. You may need urgent medical care. Do not take any diarrhoea medicine without first checking with your doctor.

If you get a sore white mouth or tongue while taking or soon after stopping GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets, tell your doctor. Also tell your doctor if you get vaginal itching or discharge. This may mean you have a fungal infection called thrush. Sometimes the use of GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets causes fungi to grow and the above symptoms to occur. GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets does not work against fungi.

Do not drink alcohol while you are taking GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets. If you drink alcohol while taking GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets you may not feel well.

If you become pregnant while you are taking GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets tell your doctor immediately.

If you are about to start taking any new medicine, tell your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets.

If you have to test your urine for sugar while you are being given GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav forte 875/125 tablets, make sure your doctor knows which type of test you use. GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets may affect the results of some of these tests.

If you have to have any blood tests tell your doctor you are taking GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets. GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets may affect the results of some blood tests.

Tell all the doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 Tablets.

Things you must not do

Do not stop taking your tablets, unless advised by your doctor. If you do not complete the full course prescribed by your doctor, all of the bacteria causing your infection may not be killed. These bacteria may continue to grow and multiply so that your infection may not clear completely or it may return.

Do not use GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.

Do not give GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.

Things to be careful of

Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets affects you. GA-Amclav 500/125 and GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets generally does not cause any problems with your ability to drive a car or operate machinery. However, as with many other medicines, GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets may cause dizziness or drowsiness in some people. Make sure you know how you react to GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets before you drive a car, operate machinery or do anything that may be dangerous if you are affected.

Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:

  • oral thrush – white, furry, sore tongue and mouth
  • vaginal thrush - sore and itchy vagina and/or discharge
  • mild diarrhoea
  • feeling sick or vomiting
  • abdominal pain or indigestion
  • rash and itching
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • inability to sleep
  • aching muscles, muscle tenderness or weakness
  • back pain
  • tiredness
  • feeling of tension or fullness in the nose, cheeks and behind your eyes, sometimes with a throbbing ache
  • superficial tooth discolouration
  • hot flushes

These side effects are usually mild.

If any of the following happen, stop taking GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets and tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital:

  • severe diarrhoea with blood, mucus, stomach pain and fever
  • severe body rash with pinkish, itchy swellings of the skin (hives or nettlerash)
  • frequent infections such as fever, severe chills, sore throat or mouth ulcers
  • yellowing of your skin or eyes
  • fits or seizures
  • unusual bleeding or bruising under the skin
  • shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty in breathing
  • severe blisters and bleeding of the lips, eyes, mouth, nose and genitals

Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following side effects, particularly if they occur several weeks after stopping treatment with GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets:

  • severe abdominal cramps or stomach cramps
  • watery and severe diarrhoea, which, may also be bloody
  • fever, in combination with one or both of the above

These are rare but serious side effects.

You may have a serious condition affecting your bowel. Therefore, you may need urgent medical attention. However, this side effect is rare.

Do not take any diarrhea medicine without first checking with your doctor.

Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. Tell your doctor if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell.

Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.

Storage

Keep your tablets in the blister pack until it is time to take them. If you take the tablets out of the blister pack they may not keep well.

Keep your tablets in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25 deg C and away from moisture.

Do not store them or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave them in the car or on window sills. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.

Keep GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 Tablets where children cannot reach it. A locked cupboard at least one and-a-half metres above the ground is good place to store medicines.

Disposal

If your doctor tells you to stop taking GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets or you find that this medicine has passed the expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any medicine that is left over.

Adverse and side effects

Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking GA-Amclav 500/125 or GA-Amclav Forte 875/125 tablets. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical treatment if you get some of the side effects.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.

Questions about Ga-amclav 500/125 tablets

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