Augmentin® (amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium) is a prescription antibiotic commonly used to treat bacterial infections. It is a combination product that contains two different medications (amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium). Augmentin pills come in two forms: chewable tablets and regular tablets. The medication also comes in liquid form.
The amoxicillin component works by stopping bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die. The clavulanate component of the medication helps to prevent amoxicillin from being broken down by bacteria that would otherwise be resistant to it (it has no significant antibacterial activity by itself).
Both the liquid and pill form of Augmentin are taken by mouth, typically every 8 or 12 hours. Dosing for this medicine is determined by your age and weight, the type of infection and bacteria, and the particular Augmentin product you are taking.
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Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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