What is this medication for?
This medication combination belongs to the group of antibiotic medications known as penicillins. It is used to treat infections caused by certain bacteria. The medication clavulanate is used to make the antibiotic amoxicillin in it more effective. This medication is most commonly used to treat infections of the sinus, ear, lung, skin, and bladder.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak
to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Aclavulanate Augmentin® is available as:
- chewable tablets
- 125 mg
- 200 mg
- 250 mg
- 400 mg
- powder for oral suspension
- 125 mg per 5 mL
- 200 mg per 5 mL
- 250 mg per 5 mL
- 400 mg per 5 mL
Some medications may have other generic brands available. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safety of switching between brands of the same medication.
How should I use this medication?
Adults: The recommended adult dose of amoxicillin - clavulanate depends on the infection being treated, but the usual adult dose is 250 mg every 8 hours or 500 mg every 12 hours. For some types of infection or more serious infections the dose is 500 mg every 8 hours or 875 mg every 12 hours.
Amoxicillin - clavulanate can be taken with or without food, but taking it with food may reduce side effects such as upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps.
Children: The children's dose of amoxicillin - clavulanate is based on body weight, as prescribed by the doctor.
Amoxicillin - clavulanate is usually taken for a period of 7 to 10 days. In some instances, it may be necessary to take this medication for a longer period.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
Although it is common to feel better early in the course of taking this medication, amoxicillin - clavulanate should be taken exactly as directed by your doctor. Skipping doses or not completing the full course of therapy may (1) decrease the effectiveness of the immediate treatment and (2) increase the likelihood that bacteria will develop resistance and will not be treatable by amoxicillin - clavulanate or other antibacterial drugs in the future.
Finish all of this medication, even if you start to feel better. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue on with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue on with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store the tablets, chewable tablets, and dry powder for oral suspension at room temperature (at or below 77°F). Refrigerate the liquid and discard after 10 days. Protect the medication from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take amoxicillin - clavulanate if you:
- are allergic to amoxicillin, penicillins, clavulanate, or any of the ingredients of the medication
- are allergic to cephalosporins (e.g., cephalexin, cefazolin)
- are allergic to penicillins
- have had jaundice or liver problems with previous use of this medication