What is Augmentin?
Augmentin is the generic brand of the combination of two antibiotics which contains amoxicillin and the beta-lactamase inhibitor, clavulanate potassium. Amoxicillin is an antibiotic which belongs to a class of drugs known as penicillins, and Amoxicillin combats bacteria in the body. Amoxicillin is a penicillin antibiotic that acts by blocking the production of a chemical bacteria germs needs for building their cell walls.
Clavulanate potassium is a type of clavulanic acid, that is similar to penicillin, and it combats bacteria that is often resistant to penicillins and other antibiotics.
Augmentin is used to treat many different infections caused by bacteria, such as sinusitis, pneumonia, ear infections, bronchitis, urinary tract infections, and infections of the skin. Augmentin is also used for treating bacteria infections in the airways which include acute bacterial otitis media.
Augmentin comes in tablet and liquid. Augmentin is also available as an extra strength formulation (Augmentin ES) and an extended release formula (Augmentin XR). Augmentin is also sold under the brand name Amoclan. Augmentin comes in 125mg, 200mg, 250mg and 400mg of chewable pink and yellow flavors. The Augmentin chewable tablet should be chewed before swallowing. Chewable tablets should not be swallowed whole. For the extra strength formulation, there is Augmentin 875 mg which contains 875mg of amoxicillin and 125mg of clavulanic acid.
Augmentin extended release formula tablets comes in 1000 mg or 1g of amoxicillin and 62.5 mg of clavulanate. The extended-release tablets should be swallowed whole, not crushed or chewed. If you are taking the liquid form of the medicine, shake the bottle well before measuring your dose. To be sure you got the exact dose, measure the liquid with a medicine cup, not the typical tablespoon. Patients should not take more than 1200 mg amoxicillin in Augmentin per kg of body weight in a day.
How Many Grams Of Augmentin Do I Give My Child?
For children, your doctor can administer a syrup of Augmentin which a pharmacist produces from the amoxicillin and clavulanate powder mixture. Augmentin prescription for children by your doctor depends on the weight if a child. A 5 ml dose can contain these amounts of amoxicillin and clavulanate:
• 200 mg/ 28 mg
• 400 mg/ 57 mg
• 125 mg/ 31.25 mg
• 250 mg/ 62.5 mg
Doctors also prescribe an Augmentin syrup for patients or someone you care for that has difficulty in swallowing pills. Patients should take Augmentin medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor and also ensure that they finish the medication prescribed by the doctor even if they feel better.
Augmentin and Alcohol?
Augmentin and alcohol both causes dizziness and drowsiness, using the combination of the two together will worsen these effects. Patients should avoid or limit drinking while on Augmentin medication.
Augmentin dosage days:
Take Augmentin medication for the full length of time as prescribed by your doctor. However, your symptoms may improve as you take the drug gradually before the infection is completely cleared.
Side effects of Augmentin medication
Get immediate medical attention if you experience any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Augmentin: hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face and lips. The common side effects associated with Augmentin medication includes; Nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, swelling of the tongue and mouth, black and hairy tongue, thrush infection. However, Augmentin medication has some serious side effects that when occurred should be reported to the doctor immediately, which includes; Clostridium difficile- associated diarrhea, severe and potentially life-threatening skin diseases, irritation or inflammation of the skin or both, multiple infections at the same time, blood or bone marrow disorders ѕuсh аѕ lоw lеvеlѕ оf rеd blооd сеllѕ оr white blood сеllѕ, seizures and yellow coloration of the skin, nails, and the whites of the eyes (jaundice), severe skin reaction- fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, accompanied by a red or purple skin rash that spreads especially in the face and can cause blistering and peeling.
Before administering Augmentin medication, inform your doctor about your previous medications and the present ones; this includes prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, vitamins and other dietary supplements, herbal remedies, and recreational drugs.
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