Augmentin® (amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium) is a prescription antibiotic used for treating various types of bacterial infections. There are currently several different forms of Augmentin: oral tablets, chewable tablets, and oral solution (liquid).
The medication is taken every 8 or 12 hours, depending on the particular product and dosage. Oral Augmentin products should be taken with a meal or a snack, as this helps to prevent stomach upset. It is very important that you finish your prescription, even if you start to feel better, as stopping it too soon could lead to the development of medication-resistant bacteria.
This antibiotic contains two medicines: amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium. Amoxicillin works by stopping bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die. The other component of the medication (clavulanate) helps to prevent amoxicillin from being broken down by bacteria that would otherwise be resistant to it.
(Click Augmentin for more information on how this medication works, potential side effects, and what you should discuss with your healthcare provider before starting treatment.)