Augmentin (Amoxicillin)

Strength(s): 375 mg ; 625 mg

Active Ingredient: Amoxicillin, Clavulanate



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Product Description

Augmentin is one of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics and comprises of a combination of clavulanate potassium and amoxicillin.

Drug Information

• Augmentin is a co-amoxiclav; this means it contains a combination of amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium. These are antibiotics used to cure a number of antibiotic infections in the body.

• The primary ingredient in Augmentin is amoxicillin trihydrate, this is an antibiotic that belongs to a class of drugs known as penicillins. Amoxicillin stops bacteria from structuring a cell wall that results in the death of bacterium.

• Amoxicillin is normally prescribed to treat infections such as, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, skin infections, strep throat, ear infections, bronchitis and lyme disease.

• Amoxicillin does not work against bacteria that produce beta-lactamase (an enzyme that degrades amoxicillin). Therefore, to create a form of clavulanic acid amoxicillin is combined with clavulanate potassium. The end product which is Clavulanic acid restrains the beta-lactamase enzyme produced by certain bacteria.

• Augmentin is available as 625 mg oral tablets. The drug is also available in extra strength and extended release versions.


• Augmentin is a potent antibiotic that should only be administered as prescribed by a medical expert.

• Normally, the dosage of Augmentin varies depending on the weight of the host and the type of bacterial infection.

• The regular Augmentin tablets should not be chewed but swallowed whole with a glass of water. The chewable tablets should be chewed before swallowing. The extended release tablets should not be chewed or crushed. Chewing or crushing causes the full dose to be released into the body instantly and can raise the chances of adverse side effects.

• If Augmentin leads to a stomach upset, take the tablet during or after meal.

You should take Augmentin for the amount of time instructed by the doctor. Stopping the treatment midway or missing a dose may cause the infection to return, and the bacteria becoming antibiotic resistant.

Side Effects

Augmentin is known to cause the following side effects:

• Diarrhea

• Skin rash and itching

• Vomiting

• Stomach pain or upset stomach

• Headache

• Gas

• Nausea

• Vaginal itching, discharge or yeast infection

• Augmentin may lead to Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea (CDAD); loose, watery and bad-smelling stools. In this case, inform your doctor for immediate treatment.

• Other side effects may occur.


• This medication may not be safe for persons with a history of, kidney disease, liver disease, and other types of viral infection.

• Never take Augmentin if allergic to clavulanate potassium or amoxicillin. People who are allergic to cephalosporin antibiotics or penicillin are likely to be allergic to Augmentin as well.

• Augmentin causes birth control pills to be less effective by lowering estrogen levels.

• If pregnant, consult a physician on the safety of Augmentin when attempting to get pregnant or breastfeeding.

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