The patient should never self-administer this medicine. A qualified person, like a doctor or nurse, will administer this medicine. The usual doses are: Adults, and children weighing 40 kg and over: Standard dose: 1000 mg/200 mg every 8 hours.
To stop infections during and after surgery: 1000 mg/200 mg before the surgery when the patient is given the anaesthetic. The dose can differ depending on the type of operation the patient is having. The doctor may repeat the dose if the surgery takes longer than 1 hour.
Children weighing less than 40 kg: All doses are worked out depending on the child's bodyweight in kilograms.
Children aged 3 months and over: 25 mg/5 mg for each kilogram of bodyweight every 8 hours.
Children aged less than 3 months or weighing less than 4 kg: 25 mg/5 mg for each kilogram of bodyweight every 12 hours.
Patients with kidney and liver problems: If the patient has kidney problems they may be given a different dose. A different strength or a different medicine may be chosen by the doctor.
If the patient has liver problems the doctor will keep a close check on them and the patient may have more regular liver function tests.
How SALACLAV will be given to the patient: SALACLAV will be given as an injection into a vein or by intravenous infusion.
Make sure the patient drinks plenty of fluids while taking this medicine.
The patient will not normally be given SALACLAV for longer than 2 weeks without the doctor reviewing the treatment.