Amoxicillin/clavulanate is a broad spectrum antibiotic used to treat infections in dogs and cats. Amoxicillin is a type of penicillin that is often used alone. Clavulanate is added to increase its effectiveness against certain types of bacterial resistance.
The successful outcome of your animal's treatment with this medication depends upon your commitment and ability to administer it exactly as the veterinarian has prescribed.
Disposal of unused prescription medications:
- Revival Animal Health participates in the Take Away Environmental Return System which provides an environmentally safe destruction program.
- The preferred method of drug disposal is to return the unwanted product to a pharmacy that participates in the Take Away Environmental Return System. Seek a local pharmacy that participates in this program for safe disposal.
- A secondary method of drug disposal is to remove the unwanted medication from any wrappers or containers and place it in a plastic bag with moist coffee grounds or cat litter. This can be disposed of in the regular garbage collection.
- Please do NOT dispose of unwanted meds down the drain or toilet, as this may eventually find its way into the human water supply.
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Disposal of medical sharps:
- When you're finished with the syringe and needle, do not try to recap, remove, bend or break the needle. This is where most injuries occur.
- Dispose the syringe and needle immediately in a nearby sharps container. All sharps must be deposited in a puncture-proof container. Make sure your storage location is child and animal proof.
- As with all product handling, make sure you wash your hands after handling medical sharps.
Disposal of sharps container:
- When your sharps container is half-full, sift dry Portland Cement throughout the sharps. Fill the container with water, and rotate until the cement is mixed and the sharps have been distributed throughout the cement mixture. Let cement dry for 24 hours.
- Seal the lid of the container tightly and use duct tape to seal. Label the container "Livestock Sharps" to properly identify the contents.
- Dispose of the containers in accordance with your state"s regulations.
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Do not use in patients with a history of hypersensitivity to penicillins. Because there may be cross-reactivity, use penicillins cautiously in patients who are hypersensitive to other beta-lactam antibiotics such as cephalosporins, cefamycins, carbapenems.
Do not use in patients with blood poisoning, shock, or other grave illnesses as absorption of the medication from the GI tract may be significantly delayed or diminished.
Do not administer penicillins, cephalosporins, or macrolides to rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, hamsters, etc. or serious inflammation of the intestine and overeating may occur.
In humans, the FDA categorizes this drug as category B for use during pregnancy (Animal studies have not yet demonstrated risk to the fetus, but there are no adequate studies in pregnant women; or animal studies have shown an adverse effect, but adequate studies in pregnant women have not demonstrated a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy, and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters). In a separate system evaluating the safety of drugs in canine and feline pregnancy, this drug is categorized as class A (Probably safe. Although specific studies may not have proved the safety of all drugs in dogs and cats, there are no reports of adverse effects in laboratory animals or women).
Amoxicillin Clavulanate is a very safe antibiotic but may cause serious problems in animals with penicillin allergies.
Reactions can include rashes (including serious skin reactions), fever, an increase or decrease in white blood cells, anemia, lymphadenopathy, or full-blown anaphylaxis.
When given orally, penicillins may cause GI effects such as anorexia, vomiting and diarrhea.
Damage to the nervous system has been associated with very high doses or very prolonged use. Although the penicillins are not considered damaging to the liver, elevated liver enzymes have been reported. Other effects reported in dogs include rapid, difficult or labored breathing, swelling and increased heart rate.
Overdoses can be very dangerous. Keep out of reach of children and animals.
Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian.
If you miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to the regular schedule. Do not give 2 doses at once.
Some drugs can interact with this medication, tell your veterinarian about any drugs or foods that you currently give your animal. Do not give new medications without first consulting your veterinarian.
This medication should only be given to the pet for whom it was prescribed.
Active Ingredient: Amoxicillin/Clavulanate Potassium, Amoxicillin/Clavulanic Acid
Storage: Amoxicillin clavulanate should be stored at room temperature or below (less than 75°F) in a tight, light resistant, child proof container away from all children and other household pets. Protect from moisture as tablets will absorb humidity out of the air.
Tablets should not be split prior to use as air will cause them to rapidly deteriorate.