PENICILLINS & BETA-LACTAMASE INHIBITORS
AMOXICILLIN & CLAVULANATE- Augmentin, Augmentin ES-600, Augmentin SR, Clavulin
BASIC AUGMENTIN INFO
Habit forming? No
Prescription needed? Yes
Available as generic? Yes
Drug class: Antibacterial
Treatment of bacterial infections that are susceptible to penicillin and beta-lactamase inhibitors, including lower respiratory tract infections, otitis media, sinusitis, skin and skin structure infections, and urinary tract infections.
MEDICAL DOSAGE & AUGMENTIN USAGE
How to take
- Tablet: Swallow with liquid on a full or empty stomach.
- Taking with food may lessen any stomach irritation.
- Chewable tablet: Chew or crush before swallowing.
- Oral suspension: Measure each dose with an accurate measuring device (not a household teaspoon).
When to take Augmentin:
Follow instructions on prescription label, or take as directed by doctor.
- Normally the drug is taken every 8 hours for 7 to 10 days.
If you forget a dose:
Take as soon as you remember, then continue regular schedule. If it is almost time for the next dose, wait for that dose (don't double it).
What drug does:
Destroys susceptible bacteria.
- Does not kill viruses, fungi or parasites.
- Beta-lactamase inhibitors increase penicillin's effectiveness by inactivating beta-lactamase (a substance in some bacteria which destroys the penicillin).
Time lapse before drug works:
May be several days before medicine affects
Don't take with:
Any other medicine or any dietary supplement without consulting your doctor or pharmacist.
Severe diarrhea, nausea or vomiting.
Hives, rash, intense itching, shortness of breath, faintness soon after a dose (anaphylaxis).
Common Augmentin Side Effects:
Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea (all mild); sore mouth or tongue; white patches in mouth or on tongue; vaginal itching or discharge; stomach pain.
Unexplained bleeding or bruising, weakness, sore throat, fever, severe abdominal cramps, diarrhea (watery and severe), and convulsions.
|Don't take if:
You are allergic to penicillin's or cephalosporin's. Life-threatening reaction may occur.
Before you start, consult your doctor If: - You are allergic to any substance or drug.
- You have mononucleosis.
- You have congestive heart failure.
- You have high blood pressure or any bleeding disorder.
- You have cystic fibrosis.
- You have kidney disease or a stomach or intestinal disorder.
Over age 60:
- No special problems expected.
Drug passes into milk.
- Child may become
sensitive to penicillin's and have allergic
reactions to penicillin drugs.
- Avoid penicillin or
discontinue nursing until you finish medicine.
- Consult doctor for advice on maintaining milk
Infants & children:
No special problems expected.
- You may become more susceptible to infections caused by germs not responsive to penicillin's.
Skin & sunlight:
No problems expected.
Driving, piloting or hazardous work:
Usually not dangerous.
- Most hazardous reactions likely to occur a few minutes after taking.
- Don't discontinue without doctor's advice until you complete prescribed dose, even though symptoms diminish or disappear.
- Urine sugar test for diabetes may show false positive result.
- If your symptoms don't improve within a few days (or if they worsen), call
- Don't take for diarrhea without your doctor's approval.
- Birth control pills may not be effective.
- Use additional birth control methods.