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Curam

Curam is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections

Last Modified: 28 Mar 2024

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Overview

What is Curam? 

Curam is an antibiotic medication belonging to the extended-spectrum penicillin family that contains a combination of amoxicillin and clavulanic acid. Amoxicillin is a penicillin antibiotic that kills bacteria in the body, while clavulanic acid is a beta-lactamase inhibitor that counteracts the enzyme (beta-lactamase) produced by penicillin-resistant bacteria. 

The drug is usually formulated in a fixed ratio of amoxicillin to clavulanic acid and is produced through a specific synthesis process that combines these two active ingredients. 

Global Name

Generic name:  Amoxicillin/Clavulanate Potassium
Brand names: Augmentin, Clavamox, Amoclan among others.


Usage

What is Curam used for? 

Curam is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections, including but not limited to: 

  • Sinusitis 
  • Pneumonia 
  • Ear infections (otitis media) 
  • Bronchitis 
  • Urinary tract infections 
  • Skin infections 

How do you use Curam? 

Availability:

Curam is available in various forms, including tablets, chewable tablets, and oral suspension.

Dosage information: 

  • Dosage is computed based on the amoxicillin content of Curam 
    • Adults and children weighing more than 40 kg: The standard dosage is 250-500 mg of amoxicillin every 8 hours or 500-875 mg every 12 hours, depending on the severity of the infection. 
    • Children under 40 kg: Dosage is based on the child's weight, usually 20-40 mg/kg/day in divided doses every 8 hours, or 25-45 mg/kg/day in divided doses every 12 hours. 
    • Infants: The oral suspension can be used for infants, dosage depending on the child's weight and doctor's prescription. 

Suitability: 

  • Children: Suitable, with pediatric dosages available. 
  • Adults: Suitable for adults. 
  • Elderlies: Suitable for elderly patients, taking into account their renal function. 
  • Pregnancy: Consult a healthcare provider; may be used if clearly needed. 
  • Lactation: Consult a healthcare provider; may be used with caution. 

Allergies:

Not suitable for individuals who are allergic to penicillin or beta-lactamase inhibitors. 

Any warnings and precautions : 

  • Take the full course of Curam as prescribed even if symptoms improve, to prevent the development of antibiotic resistance. Best use is when guided by culture and sensitivity studies.

Interactions and contraindications: 
Curam can interact with other medications, such as allopurinol, warfarin, and birth control pills. It is contraindicated in patients with a history of liver dysfunction associated with Curam. 

Side Effects

Possible side effects include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and skin rash. More serious side effects, although rare, can include allergic reactions, liver problems, severe skin reactions and Clostridium deficile infection (diarrhea). 

Pharmacist Tips

Storage Information: 

  • Store Curam at room temperature, away from direct light and moisture. 

Handling Instructions: 

  • Ensure that the medication is taken at evenly spaced intervals for the best effect and to maintain a constant level of antibiotic in the body. 

Availability

Where is Curam available in Hong Kong?

Curam is a prescription medication that can be prescribed by healthcare providers. 

FAQs

Can Curam be used for viral infections like the common cold or flu?

No, Curam is ineffective against viral infections and should only be used to treat bacterial infections as directed by a medical professional.

What should I do if I miss a dose of Curam?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double up doses to make up for a missed one.

Can Curam cause yeast infections?

Yes, like many antibiotics, Curam can disrupt the normal balance of bacteria and may lead to opportunistic yeast infections.

 How long does it take for Curam to work?

Some patients may begin to feel better within a few days of starting Curam, but it's important to take the full course of medication as prescribed to completely eliminate the infection and prevent emergence of antibiotic resistance.

Can you drink alcohol while taking Curam?

It's generally advisable to avoid alcohol while taking antibiotics like Curam, as alcohol can increase the risk of side effects and may interfere with the effectiveness of the medication. 

 

Disclaimer
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