Augmentin, a combination of Amoxicillin and Clavulanate, is one of a group of medicines called Penicillins and Beta-Lactamase inhibitors that are used to treat bacterial infections. Augmentin works by killing or preventing the growth of bacteria. Beta-Lactamase inhibitors are added to keep enzymes from destroying the penicillin before it can kill the bacteria.
Be sure to tell your doctor of any allergies you have whether it is to medication or food, preservatives, or dyes. Also, tell your doctor of any other medications you are taking, including vitamins and supplements, and any medical conditions you may have.
It is very important that you take this medicine exactly as your doctor tells you to. Do not take more or less medicine than directed, and don’t stop taking Augmentin just because your symptoms are getting better.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next dose. Do NOT double doses.
Stop taking Augmentin and get help immediately if any of the following side effects occur: cough; fast or irregular breathing; fever; joint pain; lightheadedness or fainting; pain, redness, or swelling at site of injection; puffiness or swelling around the face; red, irritated eyes ; shortness of breath; skin rash, hives, itching; sore mouth or tongue; unusual tiredness or weakness; vaginal itching and discharge; or white patches in mouth and/or on tongue.
AUGMENTIN ES-600 is an oral antibacterial combination consisting of the semisynthetic antibiotic amoxicillin and the ß-lactamase inhibitor, clavulanate potassium (the potassium salt of clavulanic acid). Amoxicillin is an analog of ampicillin, derived from the basic penicillin nucleus, 6-aminopenicillanic acid. The amoxicillin molecular formula is C16H19N3O5S•3H2O, and the molecular weight is 419.46. Chemically, amoxicillin is (2S,5R,6R)-6-[(R)-(-)-2-Amino-2-(p-hydroxyphenyl)acetamido]- 3,3-dimethyl-7-oxo-4-thia-1-azabicyclo[3.2.0]heptane-2-carboxylic acid trihydrate and may be represented structurally as: