Augmentin (generic name: Co-amoxiclav; brand names include: CLAMP / Exclav / Cavumox / Clavamel) is a combination antibiotic. It combines amoxicillin and clavulanate in a unique formulation.
Augmentin is a penicillin antibiotic with a notably broad spectrum of activity. The bi-layer tablets provide an immediate release of amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium and an extended release of amoxicillin. This enhanced formulation prolongs the time that bacteria are exposed to the antibiotic and promotes coverage of tough-to-treat S. pneumoniae.
Augmentin is used in the treatment of many bacterial infections including:
lower respiratory tract infections
skin and skin structure infections
urinary tract infections
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. This medicine may be taken with food or on an empty stomach. However, for better absorption of this medicine and to prevent upset stomach, this medicine is best taken with food.
To clear up your infection completely, continue taking this medicine for the full course of treatment even if you feel better in a few days.
If you miss a dose of the medicine, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Keep this medicine in the original container, with the lid tightly closed. Store this medicine at room temperature, away from heat and light.
Do not take this medicine if you have had a severe allergic reaction to a penicillin antibiotic or a cephalosporin antibiotic.
Caution is advised when using this medicine in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug.
For women taking birth control pills, this medicine may decrease the effectiveness of your birth control pill. To prevent pregnancy, use an additional form of birth control.
Active ingredients: amoxicillin sodium and potassium clavulanate.