Augmentin (Amoxicillin Trihydrate/Potassium Clavulanate)
What is Augmentin (Amoxicillin Trihydrate/Potassium Clavulanate) used for?
Augmentin (Amoxicillin Trihydrate/Potassium Clavulanate) is an oral penicillin antibiotic prescribed to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. The medication operates by preventing or slowing the reproduction of bacteria cells allowing the immune system to control or eliminate the infection. It is commonly prescribed for the treatment of bacterial infections of the middle ear, lungs, upper respiratory tract, urinary tract, skin, soft tissues, or the abdomen. It may also be prescribed along with other medications for the treatment of helicobacteria pylori infections affecting the stomach. Your physician may also prescribe this medication for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Augmentin (Amoxicillin Trihydrate/Potassium Clavulanate)?
Augmentin (Amoxicillin Trihydrate/Potassium Clavulanate) should always be used strictly according to your physician's instructions to ensure the safest and most effective results from treatment. Most patients are prescribed one tablet to be taken two times each day. Your individual instructions will depend on your age, weight, current health, the condition being treated, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water and taken along with a meal to prevent indigestion. Never crush, split, or chew the tablets before use to avoid unintentionally destroying or changing the effects of their contents. Do not stop taking the medication before being instructed to do so, even if your symptoms seem to have disappeared, as the infection may not be gone and can return stronger or more resistant to treatment. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about using the medicine to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Augmentin (Amoxicillin Trihydrate/Potassium Clavulanate)?
Augmentin (Amoxicillin Trihydrate/Potassium Clavulanate) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
Stop using the medication and contact your physician as soon as possible if any serious or worrying side effects occur such as fever, flu symptoms, tingling sensations, numbness, joint pain, severe diarrhea that is bloody or watery, easier bruising, or a severe skin rash. These may require lower doses, reduced frequency of administration, or immediate medical attention in serious cases to prevent further health complications from occurring.
Augmentin (Amoxicillin Trihydrate/Potassium Clavulanate) should not be used by patients who are allergic to penicillin antibiotic,s cephalosporin antibiotics, or who have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past. Also inform your physician if you have a history of allergies, suspected glandular fever, chronic or acute lymphoid leukemia, or reduced kidney function. These conditions may cause unexpected health problems requiring special alterations to your treatment.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Augmentin (Amoxicillin Trihydrate/Potassium Clavulanate). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.Augmentin has been replaced by Curam Duo (Amoxicillin Trihydrate/Clavulanic Acid).