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Augmentin is a prescription medication indicated to treat a variety of bacterial infections, such as sinusitis, pneumonia, bronchitis, urinary tract infections, skin infections, and more. Augmentin works by preventing the growth and spread of bacteria while also boosting the immune system's ability to fight infections.
Augmentin contains two active antibiotic ingredients: amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium. Amoxicillin is an antibiotic that works by killing bacteria, and clavulanate potassium is a beta-lactamase inhibitor that helps prevent the bacteria from becoming resistant to the amoxicillin.
Augmentin is available in tablet and is typically taken orally twice per day or as directed by a healthcare provider. As with all antibiotics, Augmentin should only be used to treat bacterial infections and is not effective against viral infections like the common cold or flu.
Uses and Dosage
To use Augmentin tablets, you should follow the dosage and administration instructions provided by your healthcare provider or as indicated on the prescription label. Augmentin is typically taken by mouth, usually twice a day, with or without food. The dosage and length of treatment will depend on the type and severity of the infection being treated. The tablets should be swallowed whole with a glass of water and can be taken with or without food.
The recommended dose of Augmentin will depend on several factors including the age and weight of the patient, the type and severity of the infection, and other medical conditions. Generally, the recommended dose of Augmentin is 30 mg/kg/day divided every 12 hours based on the amoxicillin component. For adults and children weighing 40 kg or more, a typical dose would be 250 mg amoxicillin and 125 mg clavulanate every 8 hours or 500 mg amoxicillin and 125 mg clavulanate every 12 hours.
Common Side Effects of Augmentin:
- Diaper rash
- Stomach discomfort
- Vaginal itching or discharge
Serious Side Effects of Amoxicillin/Potassium Clavulanate:
- Burning in your eyes
- Dark urine
- Dark-colored urine
- Diarrhea which is watery or bloody
- Easy bleeding
- Easy bruising or bleeding,
- Infection symptoms (fever, persistent sore throat, chills)
- Little or no urination
- Loss of appetite
- Pale or yellowed skin
- Persistent nausea and vomiting
- Severe stomach pain
- Skin pain followed by a red or purple rash that spreads (on the face or upper body) with blisters and peeling
- Sore throat
- Swelling in your face or tongue
- Symptoms of Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea (abdominal cramping, persistent diarrhea, blood, or mucus in the stool)
- Unusual tiredness
- Upper stomach pain
- Yeast infection
- Yellowing of skin or eyes (jaundice)
Form and strength
Augmentin (Amoxicillin/Potassium Clavulanate) is available in the following forms and strengths:
Amoxicillin/Potassium Clavulanate: Tablet
- Augmentin may cause an allergic reaction, especially in people who are allergic to penicillin or other antibiotics in the same class. Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Augmentin may cause diarrhea, which can be severe, persistent, or bloody. If you experience diarrhea while taking Augmentin, you should contact your healthcare provider right away.
- Augmentin may cause liver problems, especially in people with a history of liver disease or who take high doses of the medication. Symptoms of liver problems may include yellowing of the skin or eyes, abdominal pain, or dark urine.
- Augmentin can cause kidney problems, especially in people with a history of kidney disease or who take high doses of the medication. Symptoms of kidney problems may include decreased urine output, swelling of the legs or feet, or fatigue.
- Augmentin may interact with other medications you are taking, including over-the-counter drugs and herbal supplements. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medications you are taking before starting Augmentin.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while taking amoxicillin and clavulanic acid, call your doctor.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Augmentin be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding?
Augmentin is generally considered safe for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. However, you should always consult with your healthcare provider before taking any medication during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Augmentin?
If you miss a dose of Augmentin, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
Can Augmentin be used to treat viral infections?
No, Augmentin is an antibiotic and is only effective against bacterial infections. It will not work to treat viral infections, such as the common cold or flu.
How should Augmentin be stored?
Augmentin should be stored at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and light. It should be kept out of the reach of children and pets.
It's important to purchase Augmentin from verified Canadian pharmacy.