Augmentin is one such antibiotic, which is the combination of amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium. Amoxicillin is an antibiotic belonging to a group of drugs called penicillin. Both these antibiotics help in fighting against the bacteria. Augmentin also helps in treating different types of infections caused by bacteria, such as sinusitis, pneumonia, ear infections, bronchitis, urinary tract infections, and infections of the skin. The dosage of this medicine depends on the severity of the infection you face. Moreover, it also depends on the age of the person. For adults and kids, the dosage will differ.
Augmentin for adults is important to know after consulting with the doctor. There are certain important things you need to know-
You should never consume this medicine if you have severe kidney or liver issues. Also, if you are allergic to any penicillin or cephalosporin antibiotics, such as Amoxil, Ceftin, Cefzil, Moxatag, Omnicef, and others. If you are switching from one tablet to another then you should consult the same with the doctor.
Augmentin for Adults
The usual dose of Augmentin for adults is the 500-mg tablet in every 12hrs or 250-g in every eight hrs. In case of severe infection, the dose should be one 875-mg tablet of AUGMENTIN every 12 hours or one 500-mg tablet of AUGMENTIN every 8 hours. If you have difficulty in swallowing then 125 mg/5 mL or 250 mg/5 mL suspension in place of the 500-mg tablet. The 200 mg/5 mL suspension or the 400 mg/5 mL suspension may be used in place of the 875-mg tablet.
One should not substitute a 250-mg tablet of Augmentin for one 500mg. Both, the 250-mg and 500-mg tablets of AUGMENTIN contain the same amount of clavulanic acid; two 250-mg tablets are not equivalent to one 500-mg tablet of Augmentin.
Furthermore, 250-mg tablets and 250-mg chewable tablets should not be substituted for each other, as they cannot be interchangeable.
Forms and Strengths
There are three forms of Augmentin, which comes in different strengths-
Immediate-release tablet: 250 mg/125 mg, 500 mg/125 mg, 875 mg/125 mg
Extended-release tablet: 1,000 mg/62.5 mg
Liquid suspension: 125 mg/31.25 mg per 5 mL, 250 mg/62.5 mg per 5 mL
Dosage for Urinary Tract Infections
If you have urinary tract infection then the doctor would recommend immediate-release tablets-
Typical dosage for mild-to-moderate infections: One 500-mg tablet every 12 hours, or one 250-mg tablet every 8 hours.
Typical dosage for severe infections: One 875-mg tablet every 12 hours, or one 500-mg tablet every 8 hours.
Treatment length: Usually three to seven days.
Dosage for Sinus Infection-
For immediate- release tablets-
Typical dosage: One 875-mg tablet every 12 hours, or one 500-mg tablet every 8 hours.
Treatment length: Usually five to seven days.
Typical dosage- For two tablets every 12 hrs. for 10 days
Augmentin Liquid Suspension for Adults
If your doctor asks for liquid suspension instead of a tablet, if you have trouble swallowing pills, then there is a limit intake. The doctor will determine the suspension to use and the amount to take based on your doctor’s prescription.