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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Augmentin
Augmentin and Alcohol [posted
Answer: Ok, but I would limit it.
Augmentin Colon Concerns [posted
Answer: Yogurt usually works as well as anything. However, you need natural yogurt not pasturized.
Augmentin & Bowel Difficulties [posted
Answer: Probably stop the antibiotic. However, if it persists get checked for C. Dificil in the stool. This would require additional treatment.
Augmentin [posted 10/15/98]
Augmentin [posted 8/14/98]
Answer: Cellulitis is an infection of the skin usually caused by gram positive bacteria-occasionally other types. It is usually treated with antibiotics good against gram positive organisms unless there is no response. Augmentin is generally good against both gram positive and negative organisms and would be generally be useful in treating cellulitis. However, medicine judges by results and if it is not responding you need to be reevaluated.
Augmentin [posted 8/14/98]
Answer: Diarrhea is very common on this drug, bleeding is rare/unusual.
Augmentin [posted 8/12/98]
Answer: News to me - its not listed in the PDR under either drug. You might check with the company for more information - SmithKline Beecham: 800-366-8900 ext 5231.
Augmentin Doses in Children
Answer: Augmentin can be either twice or three times a day depending on the dosage. The dosage in children is weight based. 45 mg/kg/day for 12 hour and 40 mg/kg/day for 8 hour dosing.
Augmentin and Disulfiram [posted
Answer: This is news to me and is not currently listed as a contraindication by the company. You can check with Wyeth-Ayerst to be sure: 800-934-5556.
Answer: I'm not sure why you're committed to 8 months of antibiotics unless you have an anatomic problem, stone, etc. You certainly wouldn't need to for most infections and the lack of detection would have nothing to do with the duration of antibiotics needed to sterilize your bladder. I think you need a clearer idea of why you are committed to such a long duration prior to undertaking the task.
Answer: Rashes are common on penicillin drugs like Augmentin. They can last up to 2 weeks. If there is no respiratory component (shortness of breath, swelling of the tongue, etc.) there is little risk of further problems once the drug is stopped.
Answer: The drug does not break down appreciably for several weeks after being reconstituted. However, the risk of super infection of the fluid used to reconstitute the antibiotic rises with time. One or two weeks should be a minimal risk.
Answer: Augmentin(amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium)is an extremely effective combination of two different antibiotics. The amoxicillin is very effective against many forms of bacteria, but is limited by bacteria resistance patterns. Enter clavulanate potassium which is very effective at blocking certain types of bacterial resistance to penicillin and penicillin like drugs(like amoxicillin). The drug is usually used three times a day and not twice. Five hundred milligrams would be an adequate dose, as would 875 mg twice a day. Sinus infections are notorious for taking long amounts of time to cure. Usually, I start with 7-10 days and if symptoms continue continue, continue for 21-28 days.
Answer: Augmentin is a combination of Amoxicillin and Clavulanate potassium. Clavulanate potassium is technically the potassium salt of clavuligerus. It is added to Amoxicillin due to its ability to inactivate beta-lactamases. These are substances produced by bacterial defenses. Amoxicillin has historically been an excellent drug for many infections. However, development of resistance-often due to beta-lactamases has made it less effective. The addition of clavulanate potassium to Amoxicillin has generally made the drug much more effective against resistant bacteria.
Answer: Augmentin(amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium) is a combination of
amoxicillin(a penicillin like drug) and clavulanate. Clavulanate is a product of the
bacteria Streptomyces clavuligerus and is used by this bacteria to inactivate beta
lactamases by blocking various enzyme sites. When used with amoxicillin, it allows
amoxicillin to kill bacteria without being degraded by the bacterias defense system. Beta
lactamase is the primary ring structure of penicillin and associated drugs. Side effects
of this drug center on the same side effects as penicillin like drugs;that is, allergy,
liver dysfunction, diarrhea. Like any fairly effective antibiotic, it can produce
pseudomembranous colitis a particulary nasty form of diarrhea. This is due to overgrowth
of a bacteria in the colon called Clostridia Dificil. This bacteria is not sensitive to
penicillin and after other bacteria are killed begins to take over the colon. In my
experience, diarrhea followed by skin rashes are the most common side effects.
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