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Can amoxiclav be used in Pregnancy?

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Amoxiclav may cause some effects on the fetus during pregnancy. Amoxiclav is a combination of amoxicillin and clavulanate, an oral antibiotic used for the treatment of mild-to-moderate bacterial infections such as bronchitis, sinusitis, cellulitis, community-acquired pneumonia and otitis media. It is contraindicated in patients with a prior history of cholestatic jaundice/hepatic dysfunction and history of allergic reactions to any penicillin. FDA has put this drug under the pregnancy category B.

There are some side effects reported with the use of Amoxyclav in patients. According to the DailyMed study done in pregnant rats and mice, reported no evidence of harm to the fetus due to amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium. No adequate and controlled studies in pregnant women have been determined.

Women taking Amoxyclav are advised to notify their gynaecologist if they become pregnant or intend to become pregnant during therapy or are breastfeeding an infant.

1. DailyMed amoxicillin clavulanate potassium (Amoxicillin and Clavulanate Potassium)  tablet, film coated URL: Accessed January 03, 2018
2. LiverTox AMOXICILLIN-CLAVULANATE URL: Accessed January 03, 2018
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Amoxyclav Tablet

Amoxyclav Tablet is used to treat certain infections such as urinary tract infections which include inflammation of the kidney (pyelonephritis), and infection of the wall of the urinary bladder (cystitis), skin and skin structure infections such as serious bacterial skin infection (cellulitis), lower respiratory tract infections which include inflammation of the airways (bronchitis) or infection in the lungs (pneumonia). This medicine is also used to treat acute bacterial inflammation within the nasal passage (acute bacterial sinusitis), acute middle ear infection, gum swelling, and infection from animal bites. It is a prescription medicine. This medicine works by killing the growth of bacteria that cause infection.

When not to use
Amoxyclav Tablet will not work against colds, flu, or other viral infections.

Penicillin-class Antibacterial
Amoxyclav belongs to a class of medicines called Penicillin-class Antibacterial. Penicillin are a group of antibiotics that are used to treat and prevent different type of bacterial infections.

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