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Co-amoxiclav 500 mg/125 mg film-coated tablets

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Aurobindo Pharma - Milpharm Ltd.


Odyssey Business ParkAres BlockWest End RoadSouth RuislipMiddlesexHA4 6QD
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PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

Co-amoxiclav 500 mg/125 mg film-coated tablets

(Amoxicillin/Clavulanic acid)

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.

  • Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
  • If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
  • This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
  • If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

In this leaflet:

1. WHAT IS CO-AMOXICLAV AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
2. BEFORE YOU TAKE CO-AMOXICLAV
3. HOW TO USE CO-AMOXICLAV
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
5. HOW TO STORE CO-AMOXICLAV TABLETS
6. FURTHER INFORMATION

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1. WHAT IS CO-AMOXICLAV AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR

Co-amoxiclav is an antibiotic and works by killing bacteria that cause infections. It contains two different medicines called amoxicillin and clavulanic acid. Amoxicillin belongs to a group of medicines called "penicillins" that can sometimes be stopped from working (made inactive). The other active component (clavulanic acid) stops this from happening.

Co-amoxiclav is used in adults and children to treat the following infections:

  • middle ear and sinus infections
  • respiratory tract infections
  • urinary tract infections
  • skin and soft tissue infections including dental infections
  • bone and joint infections.
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2. BEFORE YOU TAKE CO-AMOXICLAV

Do not take Co-amoxiclav

  • if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to amoxicillin, clavulanic acid, penicillins or any of the other ingredients of Co-amoxiclav tablets (listed in section 6)
  • if you have ever had a severe allergic (hypersensitive) reaction to any other antibiotic. This can include a skin rash or swelling of the face or neck
  • if you have ever had liver problems or jaundice (yellowing of the skin) when taking an antibiotic.
  • Do not take Co-amoxiclav if any of the above apply to you. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Co-amoxiclav.

Take special care with Co-amoxiclav

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine if you:

  • have glandular fever
  • are being treated for liver or kidney problems
  • are not passing water regularly

If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Co-amoxiclav.

In some cases, your doctor may investigate the type of bacteria that is causing your infection.

Depending on the results, you may be given a different strength of Co-amoxiclav or a different medicine.

Conditions you need to look out for

Co-amoxiclav can make some existing conditions worse, or cause serious side effects. These include allergic reactions, convulsions (fits) and inflammation of the large intestine. You must look out for certain symptoms while you are taking Co-amoxiclav, to reduce the risk of any problems. See 'Conditions you need to look out for' in section 4.

Blood and urine tests

If you are having blood tests (such as red blood cell status tests or liver function tests) or urine tests (for glucose), let the doctor or nurse know that you are taking Co-amoxiclav. This is because Co-amoxiclav can affect the results of these types of tests.

Taking other medicines

Please tell your doctor or your pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines. This includes medicines that can be bought without a prescription and herbal medicines.

If you are taking allopurinol (used for gout) with Co-amoxiclav, it may be more likely that you will have an allergic skin reaction.

If you are taking probenecid (used for gout), your doctor may decide to adjust your dose of Co-amoxiclav.

If medicines to help stop blood clots (such as warfarin) are taken with Co-amoxiclav then extra blood tests may be needed.

Co-amoxiclav can affect how methotrexate (a medicine used to treat cancer or rheumatic diseases) works.

Co-amoxiclav can affect how mycophenolate mofetil (a medicine used to prevent the rejection of new organs following a transplant operation) works.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

If you are pregnant, you think you might be pregnant or if you are breast-feeding, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.

Driving and using machines

Co-amoxiclav can have side effects and the symptoms may make you unfit to drive.

Don't drive or operate machinery unless you are feeling well.

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3. HOW TO TAKE CO-AMOXICLAV

Always take Co-amoxiclav tablets exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Adults and children weighing 40 kg and over

The usual dose is:

  • 1 tablet three times a day

Children weighing less than 40 kg

Children aged 6 years or less should preferably be treated with amoxicillin/clavulanic acid oral suspension or sachets.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice when giving Co-amoxiclav tablets to children weighing less than 40 kg.

Patients with kidney and liver problems

  • If you have kidney problems the dose might be changed. A different strength or a different medicine may be chosen by your doctor.
  • If you have liver problems you may have more frequent blood tests to check how your liver is working.

How to take Co-amoxiclav

  • Swallow the tablets whole with a glass of water at the start of a meal or slightly before
  • Space the doses evenly during the day, at least 4 hours apart. Do not take 2 doses in 1 hour.
  • Do not take Co-amoxiclav for more than 2 weeks. If you still feel unwell you should go back to see the doctor.

If you take more Co-amoxiclav than you should

If you take too much Amoxicillin/Clavulanic acid, signs might include an upset stomach (feeling sick, being sick or diarrhoea) or convulsions. Talk to your doctor as soon as possible. Take this medicine carton to show the doctor.

If you forget to take Co-amoxiclav

If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. You should not take the next dose too soon, but wait about 4 hours before taking the next dose.

If you stop taking Co-amoxiclav

Keep taking Co-amoxiclav until the treatment is finished, even if you feel better. You need every dose to help fight the infection. If some bacteria survive they can cause the infection to come back.

If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

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4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

Like all medicines, Co-amoxiclav tablets can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Conditions you need to look out for

Allergic reactions:

  • skin rash
  • inflammation of blood vessels (vasculitis) which may be visible as red or purple raised spots on the skin but can affect other parts of the body
  • fever, joint pain, swollen glands in the neck, armpit or groin
  • Swelling, sometimes of the face or mouth (angioedema), causing difficulty in breathing
  • Collapse.
  • allergic acute cardiac syndrome (kounis syndrome)
  • Contact a doctor immediately if you get any of these symptoms. Stop taking Co-amoxiclav.

Inflammation of large intestine

Inflammation of the large intestine, causing watery diarrhoea usually with blood and mucus, stomach pain and/or fever.

  • Contact your doctor as soon as possible for advice if you get these symptoms.

Very common side effects

These may affect more than 1 in 10 people

  • diarrhoea (in adults).

Common side effects

These may affect up to 1 in 10 people

  • thrush (candida - a yeast infection of the vagina, mouth or skin folds)
  • feeling sick (nausea), especially when taking high doses
  • if affected take Co-amoxiclav before food
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea (in children)

Uncommon side effects

These may affect up to 1 in 100 people

  • skin rash, itching
  • raised itchy rash (hives)
  • indigestion
  • dizziness
  • headache

Uncommon side effects that may show up in your blood tests:

  • increase in some substances (enzymes) produced by the liver.

Rare side effects

These may affect up to 1 in 1000 people

  • skin rash, which may blister, and looks like small targets (central dark spots surrounded by a paler area, with a dark ring around the edge - erythema multiforme)
  • if you notice any of these symptoms contact a doctor urgently.

Rare side effects that may show up in your blood tests:

  • low number of cells involved in blood clotting
  • low number of white blood cells.

Other side effects

Other side effects have occurred in a very small number of people but their exact frequency is unknown.

  • Allergic reactions (see above)
  • Inflammation of the large intestine (see above)
  • Inflammation of the layers lining the brain and spinal cord called meninges (aseptic meningitis)
  • Inflammation of the bile tube (cholangitis)
  • allergic acute cardiac syndrome (kounis syndrome)
  • Serious skin reactions:
    • a widespread rash with blisters and peeling skin, particularly around the mouth, nose, eyes and genitals (Stevens-Johnson syndrome), and a more severe form, causing extensive peeling of the skin (more than 30% of the body surface - toxic epidermal necrolysis)
    • Widespread red skin rash wit small pus-containing blisters (buloous exfoliative dermatitis)
    • a red, scaly rash with bumps under the skin and blisters (exanthemous pustulosis).
  • Contact a doctor immediately if you get any of these symptoms.
  • inflammation of the liver (hepatitis)
  • jaundice, caused by increases in the blood of bilirubin (a substance produced in the liver) which may make your skin and whites of the eyes appear yellow
  • inflammation of tubes in the kidney
  • blood takes longer to clot
  • hyperactivity
  • convulsions (in people taking high doses of amoxicillin/clavulanic acid or who have kidney problems)
  • black tongue which looks hairy
  • stained teeth (in children), usually removed by brushing.

Side effects that may show up in your blood or urine tests:

  • severe reduction in the number of white blood cells
  • lower number of red blood cells (haemolytic anaemia)
  • crystals in urine.

If you get side effects

  • Tell your doctor or pharmacist if any of the side effects become severe or troublesome, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet.
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5. HOW TO STORE CO-AMOXICLAV TABLETS

Keep out of the reach and sight of children.

Do not use Co-amoxiclav tablets after the expiry date printed on the box after 'EXP'. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.

Store in the original package in order to protect from light and moisture.

Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.

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6. FURTHER INFORMATION

What Co-amoxiclav tablets contains

  • The active substances are amoxicillin trihydrate and potassium clavulanate.

Each film-coated tablet contains amoxicillin trihydrate equivalent to 500mg amoxicillin with potassium clavulanate equivalent to 125mg clavulanic acid.

  • The other ingredients are:

Core:

Microcrystalline cellulose (E460), colloidal anhydrous silica, magnesium stearate (E470b), sodium starch glycolate (Type A).

Film coating:

Hypromellose (E464), macrogol 400, titanium dioxide (E171).

What Co-amoxiclav tablets look like and contents of the pack

Film-coated tablets.

Co-amoxiclav 500/125 mg tablets are white, oval, film-coated tablets inscribed with 'A' on one side and '64' on the other side.

Co-amoxiclav tablets are available in Alu/Alu (polyamide/aluminium/PVC - aluminium foil) blister packs with 4/5/6/7/8/10/12/14/15/16/20/21/24/25/30/35/ 40/50/100/500 film-coated tablets. Not all listed pack sizes will be marketed.

Marketing Authorisation Holder

Aurobindo Pharma Limited
Ares
Odyssey Business Park
West End Road
South Ruislip
HA4 6QD
United Kingdom

Manufacturer

Milpharm Limited
Ares
Odyssey Business Park
West End Road
South Ruislip
HA4 6QD
United Kingdom

or

APL Swift Services (Malta) Limited
HF 26
Hal Far Industrial Estate
Hal Far
Birzebbugia
BBG 3000
Malta

This medicinal product is authorised in the Member States of the EEA under the following names:

Austria Co-Amoxiclav Aurobindo 500 mg/125 mg Filmtabletten

Belgium AmoxiclavApotex® 500 mg/125 mg comprimés pelliculés

Bulgaria ALVOCLAV 500 mg/125 mg Филмирани тaблeтки

Czech Republic Amoxicillin/Clavulanic acid Dr.Max 500 mg/125 mg potahované tablety

Denmark Amoxicillin/Clavulansyre Aurobindo

Estonia Amoxicillin/Clavulanic acid Aurobindo

Finland Amoxicillin/Clavulanic acid Aurobindo 500 mg/125 mg tabletti, kalvopäällysteinen

Germany Amoxi-Clavulan Aurobindo 500 mg/125 mg Filmtabletten

Greece ACCORDIA (500+ 125) mg εпιкαλuμμέvo με λεптó uμέvιo διðкíα

Hungary Amoxicillin/Klavulánsav Aurobindo 500 mg/125 mg filmtabletta

Ireland Co-Amoxiclav Aurobindo 500 mg/125 mg film-coated tablets

Latvia Amoxicillin/Clavulanic acid Aurobindo 500 mg/125 mg apvalkotās tablets

Lithuania Amoxicillin/Clavulanic acid Aurobindo 500 mg/125 mg plėvele dengtos tabletės

Netherlands Amoxicilline/Clavulaanzuur Aurobindo 500 mg/125 mg, filmomhulde tabletten

Poland Auglavin

Portugal Amoxicilina + Ácido Clavulânico Aurobindo

Romania Amoxicilinǎ / Acid clavulanic Aurobindo 500mg / 125mg, comprimate filmate

Slovak Republic Amoxicillin/ Clavulanic acid Dr.Max 500 mg/125 mg filmom obalené tablety

Spain AMOXICILINA/ACIDO CLAVULÁNICO AUROBINDO 500/125 mg comprimidos recubiertos con película

Sweden Amoxicillin/Clavulanic acid Aurobindo 500 mg/125 mg filmdragerade tabletter

United Kingdom Co-amoxiclav 500 mg/125 mg film-coated tablets

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This leaflet was last approved in 06/2013.

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