Augmentin is a penicillin based antibiotic. The medicine is dispensed as oral tablets (500mg and 875mg).
The key compound is a mixture of amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium which has proved to be an effective treatment for bacterial infections such as pneumonia, ear infections, sinusitis, urinary tract infections, skin infections, and bronchitis. It may be used for other bacterial infections not mentioned here.
ADULTS AND CHILDREN WHO WEIGH MORE THAN 40KG: The usual dose is 500mg every 12 hours, or 250mg every 8 hours. With severe infections the dose may be increased to 875mg every 12 hours or 500mg every 8 hours.
Augmentin does not have to be taken with a meal, but to achieve the best absorption rate it is recommended that doses are taken before a meal. To minimize the chance of gastro irritations, take all doses before a meal.
Always adhere to a physician’s instructions regarding dosage. Some patients may require adjusted doses which will be determined by a physician. Do not terminate treatment even if there is a considerable improvement in the infection. The entire course should be completed.
Potential Side Effects
SIDE EFFECTS THAT WILL REQUIRE MEDICAL TREATMENT: Allergic reaction (indicated by swelling, rash, difficulty breathing), watery or bloody diarrhea, jaundice, dark urine, weakness, confusion, severe numbness (or tingling), severe skin rash (with peeling or blisters), weak muscles, severe skin rash, convulsions, strange behavior, confusion, agitation, clay colored stools, lack of appetite, severe stomach pain, fever, or headache.
COMMON SIDE EFFECTS: mild vomiting or nausea, mild diarrhea, headache, itchiness or mild skin rash, vaginal yeast infection or white patches in the mouth or throat. These should disappear after a few days. If not, speak to your physician.
Can pregnant and breastfeeding mothers use this drug?
Augmentin is not likely to harm an unborn or newborn baby. However it does taint breast milk. Discuss the risks of breastfeeding with a physician.
Essential information and/or warnings
Because Augmentin might not react well with other medicines, the physician will need to know details of all supplements, remedies and medications that the patient is using.
Inform your physician if you suffer with kidney or liver disease, mononucleosis, or if you have reacted badly to other antibiotics.
A serious intestinal condition called pseudomembranous colitis may be linked to Augmentin, although the incidence is very rare. Inform your physician immediately if you have persistent and severe diarrhea, severe stomach pain or cramping, or if there is mucus or blood in your stools. These are some of the symptoms of pseudomembranous colitis. Do not take any narcotic pain medicines or anti-diarrhea medications.
One of the common side effects of Augmentin is a rash. Even if the rash is mild it is advisable to report this to your physician to make sure it is not a rash associated with an allergic reaction.
Elderly people may be sensitive to Augmentin because the medication is eliminated from the body via the kidneys. Many elderly people have weakened kidney functions.
How to store
Keep in a safe place where children or pets cannot access the medicine. The room temperature should be 15-300C or 59-860F. Do not store in a damp place like a bathroom.