by on June 2, 2012
Brand Names:Augmentin, Augmentin ES-600, Augmentin XR
Generic name:amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium
Pregnancy Category:C
Half-life:1 - 1.3 hours

What is Augmentin?

Augmentin is a combination drug that contains amoxicillin and clavulanate and is used to treat numerous bacterial infections in the body’s tissues and bloodstream.

Amoxicillin is a penicillin-based drug that fights infection; clavulanic acid is added to the preparation in order to boost the drug’s effectiveness against penicillin-resistant bacteria.

Augmentin Uses

Augmentin is primarily used in both children and adults to treat ear infections, some forms of throat infections, pneumonia, sinusitis and bronchitis. The medication is also used to treat skin infections that may result from wounds as well as common folliculitis.


It is available in a wide range of preparations that are well-suited for both children and adults. Children are often familiar with the pleasant-tasting oral suspension, but older children and adults have the option to take extended-release tablets or even chewable tablets, if the need is present. Amoxicillin is the number one medication used to treat stomach ulcers caused by the bacteria H. pylori and prevent their return; the dosage for this and other illnesses is determined by the illness itself as well as its severity.

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