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Amoxicillin and Clavulanate Potassium
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Amoxicillin and Clavulanate Potassium Overview

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U.S. Brand Names

Amoclan; Augmentin ES-600®; Augmentin XR®; Augmentin®

Canadian Brand Names

Amoxi-Clav; Apo-Amoxi-Clav®; Augmentin®; Clavulin®; Novo-Clavamoxin; ratio-Aclavulanate

Mexican Brand Names

Acarbixin; Amobay Cl; Amoxiclav; Amoxiclav-BID; Augmentin; Clamoxin; Clavant; Clavipen; Clavucyd; Clavulin; Clavuser; Gimaclav; Moxlin; Riclasip; Servamox; Sinufin

Pharmacologic Category

Antibiotic, Penicillin

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to amoxicillin, clavulanate potassium, any penicillin, or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If this medicine caused liver problems before.

• Augmentin XR™: If you have severe kidney disease or are on dialysis.

How does it work?

• Amoxicillin works to injure the bacteria and fight the infection.

• Clavulanate protects amoxicillin from being destroyed by certain bacteria.

How is it best taken?

• To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.

• Use prescription as directed, even if feeling better.

• Take this medicine with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.

• Chewable tablet: Chew or crush well. Mix crushed tablet with food. Do not swallow whole.

• A liquid (suspension) is available if you cannot swallow pills. Shake well before use.

• Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after medicine is given.

• Scored long-acting product: Do not chew or crush.

• Unscored long-acting product: Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• If you are diabetic, this medicine may interfere with Clinitest®. Use another method of urine glucose testing like Clinistix® or Tes-Tape®.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store tablets at room temperature.

• Protect tablets from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.

• Store liquid (suspension) in a refrigerator. Do not freeze. Throw away any unused portion after 10 days.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 10:38:12.0

Modified: 2010-03-23 13:12:27.0

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