Augmentin® (amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium) is a prescription medicine licensed to treat a wide variety of infections. It comes in tablet and liquid form, and is available in numerous strengths. The oral tablet form of Augmentin comes in three different strengths, including:
- Augmentin 250 mg -- 250 mg of amoxicillin and 125 mg of clavulanic acid per tablet
- Augmentin 500 mg -- 500 mg of amoxicillin and 125 mg of clavulanic acid per tablet
- Augmentin 875 mg -- 875 mg of amoxicillin and 125 mg of clavulanic acid per tablet.
As you might guess, this antibiotic contains two different medications: amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium. Amoxicillin works by stopping bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die. Clavulanate helps to prevent amoxicillin from being broken down by bacteria that would otherwise be resistant to it.
Augmentin tablets are typically taken every 8 or 12 hours, depending on the particular product and dosage. You should take the drug with a meal or a snack to help prevent stomach upset. It is important that you finish your course of Augmentin, even if you start to feel better. Stopping it too soon could lead to the development of medication-resistant bacteria.
(Click Augmentin for more information on how Augmentin works, what side effects may occur during treatment, and warnings associated with this antibiotic.)