Amoxicillin and Clavulanic Acid (Augmentin®)

Amoxicillin and clavulanic acid are combined in an oral antibiotic that is used to treat a variety of infections caused by bacteria, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis, otitis media (ear infections), urinary tract infections (bladder infections), and skin infections.

The brand name of this combination antibiotic is Augmentin®.

Your doctor may prescribe amoxicillin and clavulanic acid for a variety of other medical conditions. It is available by prescription only.

Amoxicillin is in a class of medications called penicillin-like antibiotics. Clavulanic acid is in a class of medications called beta-lactamase inhibitors. The clavulanic acid helps the medication to work effectively against bacteria that may be resistant to the use of amoxicillin alone.

How is amoxicillin and clavulanic acid taken?

The combination of amoxicillin and clavulanic acid comes as a tablet, a chewable tablet, and a suspension (liquid) to take by mouth.

It is usually taken with a meal or a snack every 8 hours (three times a day) or every 12 hours (twice a day).

Take amoxicillin and clavulanic acid exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less of it, or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

Talk to your doctor if you are wish to stop amoxicillin and clavulanic acid before completing treatment. The infection may not be sufficiently treated, and may return, if you stop taking the antibiotic before you have finished the prescribed treatment course.

What are the possible side effects from amoxicillin and clavulanic acid?

Read the medication guide that you receive with the medication for a complete list of possible side effects. You may also learn more about amoxicillin and clavulanic acid from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Speak with your doctor if you are concerned about possible side effects that you may be experiencing.

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Last updated: 1/8/2019