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Co-amoxiclav 500mg/100mg powder for solution for injection vials

Active Ingredient:
clavulanic acid, amoxicillin sodium
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Last updated on emc: 31 Aug 2023
1. Name of the medicinal product

Co-amoxiclav 500mg/100mg powder for solution for injection or infusion

2. Qualitative and quantitative composition

Each vial contains:

Amoxicillin 500 mg (as amoxicillin sodium).

Clavulanic acid 100 mg (as clavulanate potassium).

The sodium content of each vial is 31.5 mg (1.4 mmol).

The potassium content of each vial is 19.6 mg (0.5 mmol).

3. Pharmaceutical form

Powder for solution for injection or infusion

Glass vial containing white sterile powder

4. Clinical particulars
4.1 Therapeutic indications

Co-amoxiclav is indicated for the treatment of the following infections in adults and children (see sections 4.2, 4.4 and 5.1):

• Severe infections of the ear, nose and throat (such as mastoiditis, peritonsillar infections, epiglottitis, and sinusitis when accompanied by severe systemic signs and symptoms)

• Acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis (adequately diagnosed)

• Community acquired pneumonia

• Cystitis

• Pyelonephritis

• Skin and soft tissue infections in particular cellulitis, animal bites, severe dental abscess with spreading cellulitis

• Bone and joint infections, in particular osteomyelitis

• Intra-abdominal infections

• Female genital infections.

Prophylaxis against infections associated with major surgical procedures in adults, such as those involving the:

• Gastrointestinal tract

• Pelvic cavity

• Head and neck

• Biliary tract surgery.

Consideration should be given to official guidance on the appropriate use of antibacterial agents.

4.2 Posology and method of administration


Doses are expressed throughout in terms of amoxicillin/clavulanic acid content except when doses are stated in terms of an individual component.

The dose of Co-amoxiclav that is selected to treat an individual infection should take into account:

• The expected pathogens and their likely susceptibility to antibacterial agents (see section 4.4)

• The severity and the site of the infection

• The age, weight and renal function of the patient as shown below.

The use of alternative presentations of Co-amoxiclav (e.g. those that provide higher doses of amoxicillin and/or different ratios of amoxicillin to clavulanic acid) should be considered as necessary (see sections 4.4 and 5.1).

This Co-amoxiclav powder for solution for injection or infusion provides a total daily dose of 3000 mg amoxicillin and 600 mg clavulanic acid when administered as recommended below. If it is considered that a higher daily dose of amoxicillin is required it is recommended that an alternative intravenous formulation of Co-amoxiclav is selected in order to avoid administration of unnecessarily high daily doses of clavulanic acid.

The duration of therapy should be determined by the response of the patient. Some infections (e.g. osteomyelitis) require longer periods of treatment. Treatment should not be extended beyond 14 days without review (see section 4.4 regarding prolonged therapy).

Consideration should be given to local guidelines on appropriate dosing frequencies for amoxicillin/clavulanic acid.

Adults and children ≥ 40 kg

For treatment of infections as indicated in section 4.1:

Co-amoxiclav 1000 mg/200 mg every 8 hours.

For surgical prophylaxis

For procedures less than 1 hour in duration, the recommended dose of Co-amoxiclav is 1000 mg/200 mg to 2000 mg/200 mg given at induction of anaesthesia (Doses of 2000 mg/200 mg can be achieved by using an alternative intravenous formulation of Co-amoxiclav).

For procedures greater than 1 hour in duration, the recommended dose of Co-amoxiclav is 1000 mg/200 mg to 2000 mg/200 mg given at induction of anaesthesia, with up to 3 doses of 1000 mg/200 mg in 24 hours.

Clear clinical signs of infection at operation will require a normal course of intravenous or oral therapy post-operatively.

Children < 40 kg

Recommended doses

Children aged 3 months and over: 25 mg/5 mg per kg every 8 hours

Children aged less than 3 months or weighing less than 4 kg: 25 mg/5 mg per kg every 12 hours.


No dose adjustment is considered necessary.

Renal impairment

Dose adjustments are based on the maximum recommended level of amoxicillin.

No dose adjustment is required in patients with creatinine clearance (CrCl) greater than 30 ml/min.

Adults and children 40 kg

CrCl: 10-30 ml/min

Initial dose of 1000 mg/200 mg and then 500 mg/100 mg given twice daily

CrCl < 10 ml/min

Initial dose of 1000 mg/200 mg and then 500 mg/100 mg given every 24 hours


Initial dose of 1000 mg/200 mg and then followed by 500 mg/100 mg every 24 hours, plus a dose of 500 mg/100 mg at the end of dialysis (as serum concentrations of both amoxicillin and clavulanic acid are decreased)

Children < 40 kg

CrCl: 10 to 30 ml/min

25 mg/5 mg per kg given every 12 hours

CrCl < 10 ml/min

25 mg/5 mg per kg given every 24 hours


25 mg/5 mg per kg given every 24 hours, plus a dose of 12.5 mg/2.5 mg per kg at the end of dialysis (as serum concentrations of both amoxicillin and clavulanic acid are decreased).

Hepatic impairment

Dose with caution and monitor hepatic function at regular intervals (see sections 4.3 and 4.4).

Method of administration

Co-amoxiclav is for intravenous use.

Co-amoxiclav may be administered either by slow intravenous injection over a period of 3 to 4 minutes directly into a vein or via a drip tube or by infusion over 30 to 40 minutes.

Co-amoxiclav is not suitable for intramuscular administration.

Children aged less than 3 months should be administered Co-amoxiclav by infusion only.

Treatment with Co-amoxiclav may be initiated by the use of an intravenous preparation and completed with an appropriate oral presentation as considered appropriate for the individual patient.

For instructions on reconstitution and dilution of the medicinal product before administration, see section 6.6.

4.3 Contraindications

• Hypersensitivity to the active substances or to any of the penicillins

• History of a severe immediate hypersensitivity reaction (e.g. anaphylaxis) to another beta-lactam agent (e.g. a cephalosporin, carbapenem or monobactam)

• History of jaundice/hepatic impairment due to amoxicillin/clavulanic acid (see section 4.8).

4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

Before initiating therapy with amoxicillin/clavulanic acid, careful enquiry should be made concerning previous hypersensitivity reactions to penicillins, cephalosporins or other beta-lactam agents (see sections 4.3 and 4.8).

Serious and occasionally fatal hypersensitivity reactions (including anaphylactoid and severe cutaneous adverse reactions) have been reported in patients on penicillin therapy. Hypersensitivity reactions can also progress to Kounis syndrome, a serious allergic reaction that can result in myocardial infarction (see section 4.8). These reactions are more likely to occur in individuals with a history of penicillin hypersensitivity and in atopic individuals. If an allergic reaction occurs, amoxicillin/clavulanic acid therapy must be discontinued and appropriate alternative therapy instituted.

Drug-induced enterocolitis syndrome (DIES) has been reported mainly in children receiving amoxicillin/clavulanate (see section 4.8). DIES is an allergic reaction with the leading symptom of protracted vomiting (1-4 hours after drug administration) in the absence of allergic skin or respiratory symptoms. Further symptoms could comprise abdominal pain, diarrhoea, hypotension or leucocytosis with neutrophilia. There have been severe cases including progression to shock.

In the case that an infection is proven to be due to an amoxicillin-susceptible organism(s) then consideration should be given to switching from amoxicillin/clavulanic acid to amoxicillin in accordance with official guidance.

This presentation of Co-amoxiclav may not be suitable for use when there is a high risk that the presumptive pathogens have resistance to beta-lactam agents that is not mediated by beta-lactamases susceptible to inhibition by clavulanic acid. As no specific data for T>MIC are available and the data for comparable oral presentations are borderline, this presentation (without additional amoxicillin) may not be suitable for the treatment of penicillin-resistant S. pneumoniae.

Convulsions may occur in patients with impaired renal function or in those receiving high doses (see section 4.8).

Amoxicillin/clavulanic acid should be avoided if infectious mononucleosis is suspected since the occurrence of a morbilliform rash has been associated with this condition following the use of amoxicillin.

Concomitant use of allopurinol during treatment with amoxicillin can increase the likelihood of allergic skin reactions.

Prolonged use may occasionally result in overgrowth of non-susceptible organisms.

The occurrence at the treatment initiation of a feverish generalised erythema associated with pustula may be a symptom of acute generalised exanthemous pustulosis (AGEP) (see section 4.8). This reaction requires Co-amoxiclav discontinuation and contraindicates any subsequent administration of amoxicillin.

Amoxicillin/clavulanic acid should be used with caution in patients with evidence of hepatic impairment (see sections 4.2, 4.3 and 4.8).

Hepatic events have been reported predominantly in males and elderly patients and may be associated with prolonged treatment. These events have been very rarely reported in children. In all populations, signs and symptoms usually occur during or shortly after treatment but in some cases may not become apparent until several weeks after treatment has ceased. These are usually reversible. Hepatic events may be severe and in extremely rare circumstances, deaths have been reported. These have almost always occurred in patients with serious underlying disease or taking concomitant medications known to have the potential for hepatic effects (see section 4.8).

Antibiotic-associated colitis has been reported with nearly all antibacterial agents including amoxicillin and may range in severity from mild to life threatening (see section 4.8). Therefore, it is important to consider this diagnosis in patients who present with diarrhoea during or subsequent to the administration of any antibiotics. Should antibiotic-associated colitis occur, Co-amoxiclav should immediately be discontinued, a physician be consulted and an appropriate therapy initiated. Anti-peristaltic medicinal products are contraindicated in this situation.

Periodic assessment of organ system functions, including renal, hepatic and haematopoietic function is advisable during prolonged therapy.

Prolongation of prothrombin time has been reported rarely in patients receiving amoxicillin/clavulanic acid. Appropriate monitoring should be undertaken when anticoagulants are prescribed concomitantly. Adjustments in the dose of oral anticoagulants may be necessary to maintain the desired level of anticoagulation (see sections 4.5 and 4.8).

In patients with renal impairment, the dose should be adjusted according to the degree of impairment (see section 4.2).

In patients with reduced urine output, crystalluria (including acute renal injury) has been observed very rarely, predominantly with parenteral therapy. During the administration of high doses of amoxicillin, it is advisable to maintain adequate fluid intake and urinary output in order to reduce the possibility of amoxicillin crystalluria. In patients with bladder catheters, a regular check of patency should be maintained (see sections 4.8 and 4.9).

During treatment with amoxicillin, enzymatic glucose oxidase methods should be used whenever testing for the presence of glucose in urine because false positive results may occur with non-enzymatic methods.

The presence of clavulanic acid in Co-amoxiclav may cause a non-specific binding of IgG and albumin by red cell membranes leading to a false positive Coombs test.

There have been reports of positive test results using the Bio-Rad Laboratories Platelia Aspergillus EIA test in patients receiving amoxicillin/clavulanic acid who were subsequently found to be free of Aspergillus infection. Cross-reactions with non-Aspergillus polysaccharides and polyfuranoses with Bio-Rad Laboratories Platelia Aspergillus EIA test have been reported. Therefore, positive test results in patients receiving amoxicillin/clavulanic acid should be interpreted cautiously and confirmed by other diagnostic methods.

Sodium content

This medicinal product contains 31.5 mg (1.4 mmol) sodium per vial, equivalent to 1.6% of the WHO recommended maximum daily intake of 2 g sodium for an adult. To be taken into consideration by patients on a controlled sodium diet.

Potassium content

This medicinal product contains 19.6 mg (0.5 mmol) of potassium per vial, which at less than 39 mg (1 mmol) is considered essentially 'potassium-free'.

4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

Oral anticoagulants

Oral anticoagulants and penicillin antibiotics have been widely used in practice without reports of interaction. However, in the literature there are cases of increased international normalised ratio in patients maintained on acenocoumarol or warfarin and prescribed a course of amoxicillin. If co-administration is necessary, the prothrombin time or international normalised ratio should be carefully monitored with the addition or withdrawal of amoxicillin. Moreover, adjustments in the dose of oral anticoagulants may be necessary (see section 4.4 and 4.8).


Penicillins may reduce the excretion of methotrexate causing a potential increase in toxicity.


Concomitant use of probenecid is not recommended. Probenecid decreases the renal tubular secretion of amoxicillin. Concomitant use of probenecid may result in increased and prolonged blood levels of amoxicillin but not of clavulanic acid.

Mycophenolate mofetil

In patients receiving mycophenolate mofetil, reduction in pre-dose concentration of the active metabolite mycophenolic acid (MPA) of approximately 50% has been reported following commencement of oral amoxicillin plus clavulanic acid. The change in pre-dose level may not accurately represent changes in overall MPA exposure. Therefore, a change in the dose of mycophenolate mofetil should not normally be necessary in the absence of clinical evidence of graft dysfunction. However, close clinical monitoring should be performed during the combination and shortly after antibiotic treatment.

4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation


Animal studies do not indicate direct or indirect harmful effects with respect to pregnancy, embryonal/foetal development, parturition or postnatal development (see section 5.3). Limited data on the use of amoxicillin/clavulanic acid during pregnancy in humans do not indicate an increased risk of congenital malformations. In a single study in women with preterm, premature rupture of the foetal membrane it was reported that prophylactic treatment with amoxicillin/clavulanic acid may be associated with an increased risk of necrotising enterocolitis in neonates. Use should be avoided during pregnancy, unless considered essential by the physician.


Both substances are excreted into breast milk (nothing is known of the effects of clavulanic acid on the breast-fed infant). Consequently, diarrhoea and fungus infection of the mucous membranes are possible in the breast-fed infant, so that breast-feeding might have to be discontinued. The possibility of sensitisation should be taken into account. Amoxicillin/clavulanic acid should only be used during breast-feeding after benefit/risk assessment by the physician in charge.

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

No studies on the effects on the ability to drive and use machines have been performed. However, undesirable effects may occur (e.g. allergic reactions, dizziness, convulsions), which may influence the ability to drive and use machines (see section 4.8).

4.8 Undesirable effects

The most commonly reported adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting.

The ADRs derived from clinical studies and post-marketing surveillance with amoxicillin/clavulanic acid, sorted by MedDRA System Organ Class are listed below.

The following terminologies have been used in order to classify the occurrence of undesirable effects.

Very common (≥ 1/10)

Common (≥ 1/100 to < 1/10)

Uncommon (≥ 1/1,000 to < 1/100)

Rare (≥ 1/10,000 to < 1/1,000)

Very rare (<1/10,000)

Not known (cannot be estimated from the available data)

MedDRA System Organ Class


(≥ 1/100 to < 1/10)


(≥ 1/1,000 to < 1/100)


(≥ 1/10,000 to <1/1,000)

Frequency not known (cannot be estimated from available data)

Infections and infestations

Mucocutaneous candidosis

Overgrowth of non-susceptible organisms

Blood and lymphatic system disorders

Reversible leucopenia (including neutropenia),


Reversible agranulocytosis,

Haemolytic anaemia,

Prolongation of bleeding time and prothrombin time1

Immune system disorders10

Angioneurotic oedema,


Serum sickness-like syndrome, Hypersensitivity vasculitis

Nervous system disorders




Aseptic meningitis

Cardiac disorders

Kounis syndrome

Vascular disorders


Gastrointestinal disorders





Antibiotic-associated colitis4

Drug-induced enterocolitis syndrome

Pancreatitits acute

Hepatobiliary disorders

Rises in AST and/or ALT5


Cholestatic jaundice6

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders7

Skin rash



Erythema multiforme

Stevens-Johnson syndrome

Toxic epidermal necrolysis

Bullous exfoliative-dermatitis

Acute generalised exanthemous pustulosis (AGEP)9

Drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS)

Linear IgA disease

Renal and urinary disorders

Interstitial nephritis

Crystalluria (including acute renal injury)8

1 See section 4.4

2 See section 4.4

3 At the site of injection

4 Including pseudomembranous colitis and haemorrhagic colitis (see section 4.4)

5 A moderate rise in AST and/or ALT has been noted in patients treated with beta-lactam class antibiotics, but the significance of these findings is unknown.

6 These events have been noted with other penicillins and cephalosporins (see section 4.4).

7 If any hypersensitivity dermatitis reaction occurs, treatment should be discontinued (see section 4.4).

8 See section 4.9

9 See section 4.4

10 See sections 4.3 and 4.4

Reporting of suspected adverse reactions

Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via the Yellow Card Scheme at: or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.

4.9 Overdose

Symptoms and signs of overdose

Gastrointestinal symptoms and disturbance of the fluid and electrolyte balances may be evident. Amoxicillin crystalluria, in some cases leading to renal failure, has been observed (see section 4.4).

Convulsions may occur in patients with impaired renal function or in those receiving high doses.

Amoxicillin has been reported to precipitate in bladder catheters, predominantly after intravenous administration of large doses. A regular check of patency should be maintained (see section 4.4).

Treatment of intoxication

Gastrointestinal symptoms may be treated symptomatically, with attention to the water/electrolyte balance.

Amoxicillin/clavulanic acid can be removed from the circulation by haemodialysis.

5. Pharmacological properties
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Pharmacotherapeutic group: Combinations of penicillins, incl. beta-lactamase inhibitors;

ATC code: J01CR02.

Mechanism of action

Amoxicillin is a semisynthetic penicillin (beta-lactam antibiotic) that inhibits one or more enzymes (often referred to as penicillin-binding proteins, PBPs) in the biosynthetic pathway of bacterial peptidoglycan, which is an integral structural component of the bacterial cell wall. Inhibition of peptidoglycan synthesis leads to weakening of the cell wall, which is usually followed by cell lysis and death.

Amoxicillin is susceptible to degradation by beta-lactamases produced by resistant bacteria and therefore the spectrum of activity of amoxicillin alone does not include organisms which produce these enzymes.

Clavulanic acid is a beta-lactam structurally related to penicillins. It inactivates some beta-lactamase enzymes thereby preventing inactivation of amoxicillin. Clavulanic acid alone does not exert a clinically useful antibacterial effect.

Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic relationship

The time above the minimum inhibitory concentration (T>MIC) is considered to be the major determinant of efficacy for amoxicillin.

Mechanisms of resistance

The two main mechanisms of resistance to amoxicillin/clavulanic acid are:

• inactivation by those bacterial beta-lactamases that are not themselves inhibited by clavulanic acid, including class B, C and D

• alteration of PBPs, which reduce the affinity of the antibacterial agent for the target.

Impermeability of bacteria or efflux pump mechanisms may cause or contribute to bacterial resistance, particularly in Gram-negative bacteria.


MIC breakpoints for amoxicillin/clavulanic acid are those of the European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (EUCAST)


Susceptibility Breakpoints (mg/L)



Haemophilus influenzae

≤ 21

> 21

Moraxella catarrhalis

≤ 11

> 1 1

Staphylococcus spp.



Enterococcus spp.4

≤ 41,5

> 81,5

Streptococcus groups A, B, C, G6



Streptococcus pneumoniae8



Viridans group streptococci




(uncomplicated UTI only)

≤ 81

(≤ 32) 1

> 81

(> 32)1

Gram-negative anaerobes

≤ 41

> 81

Gram-positive anaerobes

≤ 4 1

> 81

Pasteurella multocida

≤ 11

> 11

Burkholderia pseudomallei

≤ 0.0011

> 81

Non-species related breakpoints

≤ 2 1

> 8 1

1 For susceptibility testing purposes, the concentration of clavulanic acid is fixed at 2 mg/l.

2 Most staphylococci are penicillinase producers and some are methicillin resistant. Either mechanism renders them resistant to benzylpenicillin, phenoxymethylpenicillin, ampicillin, amoxicillin, piperacillin and ticarcillin. Staphylococci that test susceptible to benzylpenicillin and cefoxitin can be reported susceptible to all penicillins. Staphylococci that test resistant to benzylpenicillin but susceptible to cefoxitin are susceptible to β -lactamase inhibitor combinations, the isoxazolylpenicillins (oxacillin, cloxacillin, dicloxacillin and flucloxacillin) and nafcillin. For agents given orally, care to achieve sufficient exposure at the site of the infection should be exercised. Staphylococci that test resistant to cefoxitin are resistant to all penicillins.

3Ampicillin susceptible S. saprophyticus are mecA-negative and susceptible to ampicillin, amoxicillin and piperacillin (without or with a beta-lactamase inhibitor).

4Aminopenicillin breakpoints in enterococci are based on intravenous administration. Oral administration is relevant for urinary tract infections only.

5Susceptibility to ampicillin, amoxicillin and piperacillin (with and without beta-lactamase inhibitor) can be inferred from ampicillin. Ampicillin resistance is uncommon in E. faecalis (confirm with MIC) but common in E. faecium.

6 Streptococcus groups A, B, C and G do not produce beta-lactamase. The addition of a beta-lactamase inhibitor does not add clinical benefit.

7 The susceptibility of streptococcus groups A, B, C and G to penicillins is inferred from the benzylpenicillin susceptibility with the exception of phenoxymethylpenicillin and isoxazolylpenicillins for streptococcus group B.

8 Streptococcus pneumoniae do not produce beta-lactamase. The addition of a beta-lactamase inhibitor does not add clinical benefit.

9The oxacillin 1 µ g disk screen test or a benzylpenicillin MIC test shall be used to exclude beta-lactam resistance mechanisms. When the screen is negative (oxacillin inhibition zone ≥ 20 mm, or benzylpenicillin MIC ≤ 0.06 mg/L) all beta-lactam agents for which clinical breakpoints are available, can be reported susceptible without further testing, except for cefaclor.

10 Susceptibility inferred from ampicillin (MIC or zone diameter).

11For isolates susceptible to benzylpenicillin, susceptibility can be inferred from benzylpenicillin or ampicillin. For isolates resistant to benzylpenicillin, susceptibility is inferred from ampicillin.

12Aminopenicillin breakpoints in Enterobacterales are based on intravenous administration. Breakpoints for oral administration are relevant for uncomplicated urinary tract infections only. Breakpoints for other infections are under review.

The prevalence of resistance may vary geographically and with time for selected species, and local information on resistance is desirable, particularly when treating severe infections. As necessary, expert advice should be sought when the local prevalence of resistance is such that the utility of the agent in at least some types of infections is questionable.

Commonly susceptible species

Aerobic Gram-positive microorganisms

Enterococcus faecalis

Gardnerella vaginalis

Staphylococcus aureus (methicillin-susceptible)£

Coagulase-negative staphylococci (methicillin-susceptible)

Streptococcus agalactiae

Streptococcus pneumoniae1

Streptococcus pyogenes and other beta-haemolytic streptococci

Streptococcus viridans group

Aerobic Gram-negative microorganisms

Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans

Capnocytophaga spp.

Eikenella corrodens

Haemophilus influenzae2

Moraxella catarrhalis

Neisseria gonorrhoeae§

Pasteurella multocida

Anaerobic microorganisms

Bacteroides fragilis

Fusobacterium nucleatum

Prevotella spp.

Species for which acquired resistance may be a problem

Aerobic Gram-positive microorganisms

Enterococcus faecium$

Aerobic Gram-negative microorganisms

Escherichia coli

Klebsiella oxytoca

Klebsiella pneumoniae

Proteus mirabilis

Proteus vulgaris

Inherently resistant organisms

Aerobic Gram-negative microorganisms

Acinetobacter sp.

Citrobacter freundii

Enterobacter sp.

Legionella pneumophila

Morganella morganii

Providencia spp.

Pseudomonas sp.

Serratia sp.

Stenotrophomonas maltophilia

Other microorganisms

Chlamydia trachomatis

Chlamydophila pneumoniae

Chlamydophila psittaci

Coxiella burnetti

Mycoplasma pneumoniae

$ Natural intermediate susceptibility in the absence of acquired mechanism of resistance.

£ All methicillin-resistant staphylococci are resistant to amoxicillin/clavulanic acid.

§ All strains with resistance to amoxicillin that is not mediated by beta-lactamases are resistant to amoxicillin/clavulanic acid.

1 This presentation of amoxicillin/clavulanic acid may not be suitable for treatment of Streptococcus pneumoniae that are resistant to penicillin (see sections 4.2 and 4.4).

2 Strains with decreased susceptibility have been reported in some countries in the EU with a frequency higher than 10%.

5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties


The pharmacokinetic results for studies in which amoxicillin/clavulanic acid was administered to groups of healthy volunteers as either 500 mg/100 mg or 1000 mg/200 mg given as a bolus intravenous injection are presented below.

Mean (± SD) pharmacokinetic parameters

Bolus intravenous injection

Dose administered


Mean peak serum conc. (μ g/ml)

T 1/2 (h)


Urinary recovery (%, 0 to 6 h)



500 mg/100 mg

500 mg






1000 mg/200 mg

1000 mg





Clavulanic acid


500 mg/100 mg

100 mg






1000 mg/200 mg

200 mg





AMX – amoxicillin, CA – clavulanic acid


About 25% of total plasma clavulanic acid and 18% of total plasma amoxicillin is bound to protein. The apparent volume of distribution is around 0.3-0.4 l/kg for amoxicillin and around 0.2 l/kg for clavulanic acid.

Following intravenous administration, both amoxicillin and clavulanic acid have been found in gall bladder, abdominal tissue, skin, fat, muscle tissues, synovial and peritoneal fluids, bile and pus. Amoxicillin does not adequately distribute into the cerebrospinal fluid.

From animal studies there is no evidence for significant tissue retention of drug-derived material for either component. Amoxicillin, like most penicillins, can be detected in breast milk. Trace quantities of clavulanic acid can also be detected in breast milk (see section 4.6).

Both amoxicillin and clavulanic acid have been shown to cross the placental barrier (see section 4.6).


Amoxicillin is partly excreted in the urine as the inactive penicilloic acid in quantities equivalent to up to 10 to 25% of the initial dose. Clavulanic acid is extensively metabolized in man, and eliminated in urine and faeces, and as carbon dioxide in expired air.


The major route of elimination for amoxicillin is via the kidney, whereas for clavulanic acid it is by both renal and non-renal mechanisms.

Amoxicillin/clavulanic acid has a mean elimination half-life of approximately one hour and a mean total clearance of approximately 25 l/h in healthy subjects. Approximately 60 to 70% of the amoxicillin and approximately 40 to 65% of the clavulanic acid are excreted unchanged in urine during the first 6 h after administration of a single 500/100 mg or a single 1000/200 mg bolus intravenous injection. Various studies have found the urinary excretion to be 50-85% for amoxicillin and between 27-60% for clavulanic acid over a 24 hour period. In the case of clavulanic acid, the largest amount of drug is excreted during the first 2 hours after administration.

Concomitant use of probenecid delays amoxicillin excretion but does not delay renal excretion of clavulanic acid (see section 4.5).


The elimination half-life of amoxicillin is similar for children aged around 3 months to 2 years and older children and adults. For very young children (including preterm newborns) in the first week of life the interval of administration should not exceed twice daily administration due to immaturity of the renal pathway of elimination. Because elderly patients are more likely to have decreased renal function, care should be taken in dose selection, and it may be useful to monitor renal function.

Renal impairment

The total serum clearance of amoxicillin/clavulanic acid decreases proportionately with decreasing renal function. The reduction in drug clearance is more pronounced for amoxicillin than for clavulanic acid, as a higher proportion of amoxicillin is excreted via the renal route. Doses in renal impairment must therefore prevent undue accumulation of amoxicillin while maintaining adequate levels of clavulanic acid (see section 4.2).

Hepatic impairment

Hepatically impaired patients should be dosed with caution and hepatic function monitored at regular intervals.

5.3 Preclinical safety data

Non-clinical data reveal no special hazard for humans based on studies of safety pharmacology, genotoxicity and toxicity to reproduction.

Repeat dose toxicity studies performed in dogs with amoxicillin/clavulanic acid demonstrate gastric irritancy and vomiting, and discoloured tongue.

Carcinogenicity studies have not been conducted with amoxicillin/clavulanic acid.

6. Pharmaceutical particulars
6.1 List of excipients


6.2 Incompatibilities

This medicinal product must not be mixed with other medicinal products except those mentioned in section 6.6. Co-amoxiclav should not be mixed with blood products, other proteinaceous fluids such as protein hydrolysates or with intravenous lipid emulsions.

If prescribed concomitantly with an aminoglycoside, the antibiotics should not be mixed in the syringe, intravenous fluid container or giving set because loss of activity of the aminoglycoside can occur under these conditions.

Co-amoxiclav solutions should not be mixed with infusions containing glucose, dextran or bicarbonate.

6.3 Shelf life

Powder in vials

2 years

Reconstituted vials (for intravenous injection or before dilution for infusion)

The reconstituted solution should be used or diluted immediately, within 20 minutes.

Diluted for intravenous infusion

Chemical and physical in-use stability has been demonstrated as shown in the table below. From a microbiological point of view, the reconstituted and diluted solution should be used immediately.

Intravenous infusions of amoxicillin/clavulanic acid may be given in a range of different intravenous fluids. Satisfactory antibiotic concentrations are retained at 5 ° C and at room temperature (25° C) in the recommended volumes of the following infusion fluids. If reconstituted and maintained at room temperature (25° C), infusions should be completed within the times stated in the following table.

Infusion Fluid

Stability (hours)

5° C

25° C

Water for Injection Ph. Eur



0.9% w/v Sodium Chloride Intravenous Infusion (9 mg/ml)



Compound Sodium Chloride Injection 1959 (Ringers)



Compound Sodium Lactate Intravenous Infusion (Ringer-Lactate Hartmann's)



0.03% w/v Potassium Chloride and 0.09% w/v Sodium Chloride Intravenous Infusion (3 mg/ml and 9 mg/ml)



For storage at 5° C, reconstituted solutions of Co-amoxiclav may be added to pre-refrigerated infusion bags containing either Water for Injection Ph. Eur. or Sodium Chloride BP (0.9% w/v), which may be stored for up to 8 hours. Thereafter, the infusion should be administered immediately after reaching room temperature.

The stability of Co-amoxiclav solutions is concentration dependent. In the event that the use of more concentrated solutions is required, the stability period should be adjusted accordingly.

Co-amoxiclav is less stable in infusions containing glucose, dextran or bicarbonate. Reconstituted solutions of amoxicillin/clavulanic acid may be injected into the drip tubing over a period of 3 to 4 min.

Any residual antibiotic solution should be discarded.

6.4 Special precautions for storage

Do not store above 25° C.

For storage conditions after reconstitution of the medicinal product, see section 6.3.

6.5 Nature and contents of container

Clear glass vial (Ph.Eur. Type III) fitted with a chlorobutyl rubber stopper and an aluminium ring.

1, 5, 10, 20 or 50 vials are contained in a cardboard box.

Not all pack sizes may be marketed

6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

For single use only. Discard any unused solution.

The reconstitution/dilution is to be made under aseptic conditions. The solution is to be inspected visually for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration. The solution should only be used if the solution is clear and free from particles.

Any unused medicinal product or waste material should be disposed of in accordance with local requirements.

Preparation of solutions for intravenous injection

Water for Injection Ph.Eur. is the normal solvent. Co-amoxiclav 500/100 mg should be dissolved in 10 ml of solvent. This yields approximately 10.4 ml of solution for single-dose use. A transient pink colouration may or may not develop during reconstitution. Reconstituted solutions are normally colourless or a pale straw colour.

Co-amoxiclav should be administered within 20 minutes of reconstitution.

Preparation of solutions for intravenous infusion

Co-amoxiclav must be reconstituted as described above for injection. Without delay the reconstituted solution should be added to 50 ml of infusion fluid using a minibag or in-line burette.

Co-amoxiclav vials are not suitable for multi-dose use.

7. Marketing authorisation holder

Ibigen Srl,

Via Fossignano 2

04011 – Aprilia (LT)


8. Marketing authorisation number(s)

PL 31745/0024

9. Date of first authorisation/renewal of the authorisation


10. Date of revision of the text


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