What is Enhancin (amoxicillin/ clavulanic acid) used for?
Enhancin is a combination of amoxicillin and clavulanic acid, which is commonly used to treat certain infections caused by bacteria, including infections of the ears, lungs, sinus, skin, and urinary tract.
Amoxicillin is in a class of medications called penicillin-like antibiotics. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria. Clavulanic acid is in a class of medications called beta-lactamase inhibitors. It works by preventing bacteria from destroying amoxicillin. Antibiotics will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.
How should I take Enhancin (amoxicillin/ clavulanic acid)?
Enhancin may be taken without regard to meals; however, absorption of clavulanate potassium is enhanced when Enhancin is administered at the start of a meal. To minimize the potential for gastrointestinal intolerance, enhancin should be taken at the start of a meal.
Take this product by mouth as directed. Follow all directions on the product package.
If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
How do I store Enhancin (amoxicillin/ clavulanic acid)?
Enhancin is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store enhancin in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of enhancin that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush enhancin down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Enhancin (amoxicillin/ clavulanic acid)?
Before taking enhancing, tell your doctor:
- If you are allergic to amoxicillin (Amoxil, Trimox, Wymox), clavulanic acid, penicillin, cephalosporins, or any other medications.
- What prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking.
You should know that amoxicillin and clavulanic acid may decrease the effectiveness of oral contraceptives (birth control pills). Plan to use another form of birth control while taking amoxicillin and clavulanic acid.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There isn’t enough information about the safety of using Enhancin during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Enhancin.
What side effects can occur from Enhancin (amoxicillin/ clavulanic acid)?
These side effects are:
- Upset stomach
- Mild skin rash
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
- Severe skin rash
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Vaginal itching and discharge
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with Enhancin (amoxicillin/ clavulanic acid)?
Enhancin may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Products may interact with this drug, such as:
- Oral Anticoagulants
- Oral Contraceptives
- Effects on Laboratory Tests
- Allopurinol (Lopurin, Zyloprim)
- Probenecid (Benemid)
Does food or alcohol interact with Enhancin (amoxicillin/ clavulanic acid)?
Enhancin may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with Enhancin (amoxicillin/ clavulanic acid)?
Enhancin may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
These health conditions are:
- Kidney or liver disease
- Hay fever
- Hypersensitivity reactions
- Hepatic dysfunction
- Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea (CDAD)
- Skin rash in patients with mononucleosis
- Potential for microbial overgrowth
- Development of drug-resistant bacteria
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Enhancin (amoxicillin/ clavulanic acid).
What is the dose of Enhancin (amoxicillin/ clavulanic acid) for an adult?
The usual adult dose is one 500-mg tablet of enhancin every 12 hours or one 250-mg tablet every 8 hours.
For more severe infections and infections of the respiratory tract, the dose should be one 875-mg tablet every 12 hours or one 500-mg tablet every 8 hours.
Adults who have difficulty swallowing may be given the 125 mg/5 ml or 250 mg/5 ml suspension in place of the 500-mg tablet. The 200 mg/5 ml suspension or the 400 mg/5 ml suspension may be used in place of the 875-mg tablet.
What is the dose of Enhancin (amoxicillin/ clavulanic acid) for a child?
Neonates and infants aged <12 weeks (<3 months):
The recommended dose is 30 mg/kg/day divided every 12 hours, based on the amoxicillin component.
Patients aged 12 weeks (3 months) and older:
- Every 12 hours: the recommended dose is 200 mg/5 ml or 400 mg/5 ml oral suspensiona.
- Every 8 hours: the recommended dose is 125 mg/5 ml or 250 mg/5 ml oral suspensiona.
Otitis mediab, sinusitis, lower respiratory tract infections, and more severe infections
- Every 12 hours: the recommended dose is 45 mg/kg/day.
- Every 8 hours: the recommended dose is 40 mg/kg/day.
Less severe infections
- Every 12 hours: the recommended dose is 25 mg/kg/day.
- Every 8 hours: the recommended dose is 20 mg/kg/day.
How is Enhancin (amoxicillin/ clavulanic acid) available?
Enhancin is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
- Tablet 250mg, 500mg
- Oral Suspension 250mg/ 62,5mg
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
Symptoms of overdose may include:
- Stomach pain
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Enhancin, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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