AUGMENTIN is a prescription antibiotic medication that contains a combination of amoxicillin
and clavulanic acid. It is used to treat various bacterial infections and is available in several forms, including tablets, chewable tablets, and oral suspension.
The medication works by stopping the growth of bacteria and preventing them from becoming resistant to amoxicillin.
The dosage and duration of treatment will depend on the type and severity of the infection, as well as other factors such as the patient's age, weight, and overall health.
AUGMENTIN is a broad-spectrum antibiotic medication that is prescribed to treat bacterial infections caused by susceptible organisms. Some of the most common uses of AUGMENTIN include:
- Respiratory infections: These pills are often used to treat respiratory infections such as sinusitis, bronchitis, and pneumonia.
- Urinary tract infections: These pills are commonly prescribed to treat urinary tract infections, including bladder infections and kidney infections.
- Skin infections: These pills are used to treat skin and soft tissue infections, such as cellulitis and impetigo.
- Ear infections: These pills are often used to treat ear infections, including acute otitis media and chronic suppurative otitis media.
- Dental infections: These pills are sometimes prescribed to treat dental infections, such as abscesses and periodontitis.
- Sexually transmitted infections: These pills can be used to treat certain sexually transmitted infections, such as gonorrhea.
It's important to note that AUGMENTIN should only be used to treat bacterial infections and is not effective against viral infections such as the common cold or flu. The medication should be used only as directed by a healthcare provider.
Before taking AUGMENTIN, it's important to inform your healthcare provider of any medical conditions you have and medications you are taking to avoid any potential interactions. Here are some precautions to be aware of when taking AUGMENTIN:
- Allergies: If you have a history of allergic reactions to penicillin, cephalosporins, or other beta-lactam antibiotics, inform your healthcare provider before taking this medicine.
- Liver or kidney disease: These pills can cause liver and kidney damage, especially in people with pre-existing liver or kidney disease. Your healthcare provider may need to adjust your dosage if you have these conditions.
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: AUGMENTIN is generally considered safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding, but it's still important to inform your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Diarrhea: AUGMENTIN can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a more serious infection. If you experience diarrhea while taking AUGMENTIN, inform your healthcare provider immediately.
- Interactions with other medications: AUGMENTIN can interact with other medications, such as blood thinners and oral contraceptives. Inform your healthcare provider of any medications you are taking before starting AUGMENTIN.
- Resistance: Overuse or misuse of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistance, which may make future infections more difficult to treat. Always take these pills as directed and complete the full course of treatment.
The appropriate dose of these will depend on the type and severity of the infection being treated, as well as the age and weight of the patient. Here are some general dosing guidelines for AUGMENTIN:
Tablets or chewable tablets:
These tablets and chewable tablets are available in strengths ranging from 250mg/125mg to 875mg/125mg. The typical adult dose is 500mg/125mg taken every 12 hours or 875mg/125mg taken every 12 hours for more severe infections. The dose for children will depend on their weight and is typically lower than the adult dose.
This oral suspension is available in various strengths ranging from 125mg/5mL to 400mg/5mL. The dose for children is based on their weight and is typically given in divided doses every 12 hours.
It's important to take AUGMENTIN exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider and to complete the full course of treatment even if you start to feel better.
Skipping doses or stopping treatment early can contribute to antibiotic resistance and make future infections more difficult to treat.
If you have any questions about the dosing of AUGMENTIN, consult your healthcare provider.