Amoxicillin (a-mox-i-SIL-in), Clavulanate Potassium (KLAV-ue-la-nate poe-TAS-ee-um)
Treats infections. This medicine is a penicillin antibiotic.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
Amoxicillin/Clav Acid, Augmentin, Augmentin ES-600, Augmentin XR
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
Do not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to amoxicillin, clavulanate, or a similar antibiotic (penicillin or cephalosporin). Do not use this medicine if you have had liver problems caused by Augmentin®. Do not use Augmentin XR® if you have severe kidney disease or if you are receiving hemodialysis.
How to Use This Medicine
Liquid, Tablet, Chewable Tablet, Long Acting Tablet
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- Take this medicine with a snack or at the beginning of a meal. This could help prevent nausea.
- If you are using the chewable tablets, chew the tablet completely before swallowing.
- Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup.Shake the medicine well just before measuring each dose. Rinse the spoon or dropper after each use.
- Swallow the extended-release tablet whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it.
- Keep using this medicine for the full treatment time, even if you feel better after the first few doses. Your infection may not clear up if you stop using the medicine too soon.
- If you do not like the taste of this medicine, ask your pharmacist if there are flavors that can be mixed with Augmentin ES-600®.
If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- Tablet, extended-release tablet, chewable tablet: Store at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
- Oral liquid: Store in the refrigerator. Do not freeze.
- Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.Throw away any unused oral liquid after 10 days.
- Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using probenecid (Benemid®, Probalan®), allopurinol (Aloprim®, Zyloprim®), or a blood thinner (such as warfarin, Coumadin®, Jantoven®).
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, or mononucleosis ("mono").
- If you have severe diarrhea, ask your doctor before taking any medicine to stop the diarrhea.It may occur 2 months or more after you stop using this medicine.
- Birth control pills may not work as well while you are using this medicine. Use another form of birth control to avoid getting pregnant. Other forms include condoms, a diaphragm, contraceptive foam, or jelly.
- Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect the results of certain medical tests.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse, call your doctor.
- The chewable tablet and oral liquid contain phenylalanine. Talk to your doctor before you use this medicine if you have phenylketonuria (PKU).
- This medicine does not treat virus infections, such as the common cold. Use it to treat only this infection that was diagnosed by your doctor.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Blistering, peeling, or red skin rash
- Change in how much or how often you urinate
- Dark-colored urine or pale stools, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, pain in your upper stomach, yellow eyes or skin
- Diarrhea that may contain blood, stomach cramps
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Diaper rash
- Mild diarrhea, nausea, vomiting
- Tooth discoloration (in children)