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What is amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium?
Amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium belongs to a group of drugs and medication called penicillins. It is an antibiotic which functions by fighting bacteria in the body. The drug amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium is generally used for the treatment of various infections that have been caused by bacteria like pneumonia, sinusitis, bronchitis, ear infections, skin infections and urinary tract infections.
Amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium could also be used for any other purposes other than those that have been mentioned that have been determined by the physician.
Important Information on Amoxicillin and Clavulanate Potassium
You may be allergic to this medication if you have a history of being allergic to a cephalosporin or to penicillin. Make sure to inform your doctor of any history of drug allergies.
This medication should also be taken for the entire time that has been prescribed by your physician, even if your symptoms get better in a short time. This is because the infection may not have been treated completely yet. Amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium would not be treatment for a viral infection like the flu or a common cold.
Amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium could pass in breast milk and could also possibly cause diarrhea, a yeast infection as well as an allergic reaction to a nursing baby. And so, to be on the safe side, make sure that you would not be using this medication without informing your physician if you are still breastfeeding your baby.
The drug amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium could also lessen the effectiveness of birth control pills. Make sure to make use of another non-hormone birth control method like a diaphragm, a condom of birth control to ensure that pregnancy is prevented.
Administration of Amoxicillin and Clavulanate Potassium
Make sure that you would taking this drug exactly as your doctor prescribed it. Never take amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium in a larger or smaller amount or for a longer period of time that has been recommended by your physician.
Each dose must be taken with a glass full of water and the medicine should also be taken at the start of the meal so that stomach upset would be reduced.
Augmentin tablets must be swallowed wholly. It should not be crushed or chewed. It could be swallowed as one tablet, or broken in two halves and taken one half at a time. If, in any case, you are having difficulty swallowing the pill as a whole or in half, inform your doctor so that you could use another form of the medication.
Missing a Dose of Amoxicillin and Clavulanate Potassium
Make sure that if you would be missing a dose of this medication, you would be taking it as soon as remembered. But if the next dose is already scheduled, you could just skip the missed dose and take the medication at the regular schedule. Never take two doses of amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium at one time.
Overdose of Amoxicillin and Clavulanate Potassium
If you suspect an overdose of this drug, make sure that emergency medical attention is sought.
Some symptoms of overdose of amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium would include vomiting, nausea, skin rash, stomach pain, hyperactivity and drowsiness.
What To Avoid as you Take Amoxicillin and Clavulanate Potassium
Diarrhea which has been caused by antibiotic medicines could be a sign of a possible new infection. Diarrhea which is bloody or watery warrants a call to your doctor. No medication should be used to control your diarrhea unless recommended by your doctor.