AMOXICILLIN/CLAVULANATE (AUGMENTIN)

Augmentin, or Amoxicillin Clavulanate contains both Amoxicillin and Clavulanate potassium. Amoxicillin is an antibiotic that belongs to the Penicillin group. Amoxicillin fights against bacteria in the body. Augmentin is stronger than straight Amoxicillin because of the added effect of Clavulanate. This medication is used to treat many different bacterial infections such as, Sinusitis, Pneumonia, Urinary tract infections, ear infections, and certain skin infections. Like all antibiotics, it is not effective against viruses such as the common cold and Influenza.

How Should I Use This Medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Take at the start of a meal. Do not crush or chew. If the tablet has a score line, you may cut it in half at the score line for easier swallowing. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Take all your medicine as directed even if you think you are better. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine early.

Over dosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.   

Where Should I Keep My Medicine?

Keep out of reach of children. Store at room temperature below 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Keep bottle closed tightly. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

What Should I Watch For While Using This Medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve in 3-4 days. Do not treat diarrhea with over-the-counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 3 days or if the diarrhea is severe or watery. For women: antibiotics can weaken the effects of oral birth control pills, please use alternative birth control until you have finished your medication and have your next period.

NOTE: This is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider. For a full list of possible side effects visit www.drugs.com