Amoxicillin / Clavulanate ER

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What is Amoxicillin / Clavulanate ER?

Common Brand(s): Augmentin XR

Amoxicillin/clavulanic acid is a combination penicillin-type antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.

This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections (such as common cold, flu). Using any antibiotic when it is not needed can cause it to not work for future infections.

Uses

  • acute bacterial sinusitis
  • acute Streptococcus pneumoniae bacterial sinusitis
  • acute Haemophilus influenzae bacterial sinusitis
  • acute Moraxella catarrhalis bacterial sinusitis
  • acute Haemophilus parainfluenzae bacterial sinusitis
  • upper respiratory infection
  • acute Staph. aureus sinusitis
  • pneumococcal pneumonia
  • Haemophilus influenzae pneumonia
  • Haemophilus parainfluenza pneumonia
  • Moraxella catarrhalis pneumonia
  • bacterial pneumonia
  • pneumonia due to Klebsiella pneumoniae
  • pneumonia due to Staphylococcus aureus
  • acute sinusitis due to Klebsiella pneumoniae

Usage Instructions

Take this medication by mouth with a meal or snack as directed by your doctor, usually every 12 hours. Do not take this medication with a high-fat meal because it can decrease the absorption of the drug. Do not crush or chew extended-release tablets. Doing so can release all of the drug at once, increasing the risk of side effects. Also, do not split the tablets unless they have a score line and your doctor or pharmacist tells you to do so. Swallow the whole or split tablet without crushing or chewing.

For the best effect, take this antibiotic at evenly spaced times. To help you remember, take this medication at the same time(s) every day.

Continue to take this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow, which may result in a return of the infection.

Tell the doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

Storage

Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details.