Augmentin is an antibiotic of the new generation, which has therapeutic properties of penicillin antibiotics and protected from beta-lactamase. Augmentin has two active ingredients: Amoxicillin and Clavulanic acid.
Amoxicillin is an antibiotic of the penicillin group, and one of the most famous and effective antibiotics, which were created for the past 80 years. Augmentin has a wide range of actions destroying a large number of pathogens of infection and causes adverse symptoms very rarely. But all the positive pharmacological properties of Amoxicillin may be useless if microbial cells produce beta-lactamase.
After contact with beta-lactamase, Amoxicillin is collapsed and loses its pharmacological properties. Therefore, patients must either change the antibiotic, or seek alternative ways of applying it.
However, Augmentin has Clavulanic acid in its formula which blocks the synthesis of beta-lactamase and that is why Amoxicillin may disclose its bactericidal capabilities.
Augmentin has a bactericidal action against the microbial cells. Augmentin completely destroys the microbial cell and their pathogens action, so a relapse of infection will not be occurred in the future. Therapeutic effect can be noticed quickly, within 2-3 days and the patient feels immediate alleviation of the infection’s symptoms.
Indications for use:
- Acute infectious diseases of ENT
- Inflammatory diseases of the respiratory tract
- Infectious processes in the abdominal cavity
- Purulent and inflammatory infection of the skin, mucous membranes, soft tissue
- Infection of urinary system
- Sexually transmitted infections.
How and what dosage of Augmentin should I take?
Augmentin is recommended to be taken at the first sign of infection. Augmentin will quickly neutralize the spread of infection if you use minimum effective doses of Augmentin.
- Initial dosage for Augmentin to cure infectious diseases in adults is 250 mg 3 times per day
- In case of severe infectious processes with an unidentified agent, we recommend you to take 500-875 mg of Augmentin 3 times per day.
- Augmentin in large doses can cause indigestion, so it is best to take pills after eating, with a large amount of water.
- For treatment of infectious processes in children under 12 years of age, the physician, after getting blood tests and bacterial inoculation, must indicate the daily dose. A doctor can prescribe the treatment and correct dosage of Augmentin only knowing the pathogen.
For the complete destruction of pathogenic micro-organisms, it is necessary to take Augmentin from 5 up to 10 days. Even if you feel relief of symptoms through 2-3 days after the start of treatment, keep taking the antibiotics until the end of the course, to avoid the recurrence of infection.
General recommendations for the use of Augmentin
- If you decide to take Augmentin during pregnancy, be sure to consult your doctor. This antibiotic is not recommended for use during pregnancy.
- While taking Augmentin, its active ingredients easily penetrate into breast milk, so nursing mothers are encouraged to interrupt breast-feeding, at the time of treatment.
- Patients with severe liver dysfunction should take Augmentin in the minimal dosage. The slowing of the metabolism of Amoxicillin and Clavulanic acid may lead to overdose.
- The overdose is characterized by the following symptoms: vomiting, allergic reaction, hives, cramps, dehydration. With these symptoms, the use Augmentin should be stopped immediately and you must consult your doctor as soon as possible.
- If you noticed weak side effects such as headache, feeling of fever, nausea, and diarrhea, a medical intervention is not required.