What is Amoxiclav?
Amoxicillin/clavulanic acid (INN) or co-amoxiclav (BAN) is an antibiotic useful for the treatment of a number of bacterial infections. It is a combination antibiotic consisting of amoxicillin trihydrate, a β-lactam antibiotic, and potassium clavulanate, a β-lactamase inhibitor. This combination results in an antibiotic with an increased spectrum of action and restored efficacy against amoxicillin-resistant bacteria that produce β-lactamase.
Side effects include an increased risk of yeast infections and diarrhea.
It is on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines, a list of the most important medications needed in a basic health system. Amoxicillin/clavulanic acid was developed at Beecham Pharmaceuticals and marketed under the trade name Augmentin. It is now available as a generic and marketed under a variety of trade names worldwide.