AUGMENTIN - a patient's guide
Drug name: Amoxycillin and clavulanic acid (Co-amoxiclav)
Use: Antibiotic - broad spectrum penicillin
This medicine contains two active ingredients that extends the antibiotic activity to a wider range of infections. The rationale behind this is due to the addition of clavulanic acid which has special activity against beta-lactamase producing bacteria. These infections can cause resistance against certain penicillin antibiotics including amoxycillin by itself.
- Allergy to penicillin
- Liver and kidney impairment
- Glandular fever
- Bowel inflammatory conditions
vaginal thrush susceptibility
skin rash (discontinue treatment)
Oral contraceptive (the Pill) users - use additional contraception (e.g. condoms) until SEVEN DAYS after the course of antibiotics is completed.
- Follow the instructions on the label of the medicine or as directed by your doctor
- Always complete the course of antibiotics unless directed by your doctor or a skin rash develops
- Food: take with or after food and large glass of water
- Alcohol: little effect in moderation
- Contact your doctor or seek urgent medical help if side effects are severe or ongoing