Augmentin (Amoxicillin)

What is Augmentin?

This medication is used for treating the following types of infections:

1.Lower Respiratory Tract Infection
2.Otitis Media
3.Skin infections
4.Skin structure infections
5.Urinary Tract Infections


How This Medication Works

Each day that you take Augmentin, you will actually be taking 4,000mg of Amoxicillin and 250mg of Clavulanate. This is combined together into a unique extended-release formula. Through this formula you will get an immediate release of Amoxicillin and Clavulanate, as well as an extended release of Amoxicillin. This combination will prolong the time during which bacteria is exposed to the antibiotic.

How This Medication Should Be Taken

This medication comes in various forms, including:

1.Capsule (These should be swallowed whole with a full glass of water.)
2.Tablet (These will need to be crushed or chewed thoroughly before being swallowed.)
4.Pediatric drops that can be taken by mouth (This will need to be shaken well each time in order to make sure that it is mixed evenly. When administering this medication make sure to use the bottle dropper in order to make sure that you measure it properly. They can then be placed on your child's tongue or added to something that will be immediately drank.)

Usually patients are told to take this medication every 8 hours – three times each day – with food. However, you should make sure that you follow the directions on the prescription label carefully and talk to your doctor or pharmacist about anything that you do not understand. This will help to ensure that you take this medication exactly as directed. You should never take more or less of this medication than has been prescribed. It is also important to continue taking this medication even if you begin feeling better. If you wish to stop taking this medication early, then you should talk to your doctor before discontinuing its usage. If you happen to miss a dosage of this medication, then you should take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dosage, then you should skip the dosage that you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. You should never take two dosages at once.