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Amoxicillin/K+ & Clavulic acid/Augmentin

(see also: penicillin family)


  • combination of clavulanic acid and amoxicillin (augmentin - 250 or 500 mg of amoxicillin plus 125 mg of clavulanic acid) provides oral preparation with enhanced activity against beta-lactamase-producing strains of Staph, Branhamella catarrhalis, H. influenza, N gonorrhoeae, and bacteroides;
  • oral administration of amoxicillin and clavulanic acid (every 8 hours) is effective for treatment of human-bite infections and animal-bite infections in which Pasturella multocida, streptococci, staphylococci, anaerobes, and Eikenella corrodens are potential etiologic agents;
  • for beta lactamase producing H. influenza, Staph aureus, E. coli, Klebsiella, Enterobacter sp.;
  • most beta-lactamase-producing strains of E. coli, Proteus mirabilis, and Klebsiella species will be susceptible only to concentrations of combination present in urine;


  • adult dosing:
  • 250-500 mg as amoxicillin PO q8hr;
  • Extended release (XR) 1000 mg q 12; (see discussion -
  • do not substitute two 250mg tab for one 500mg because an over dose of clavulic acid may occur;
  • note infections of lower respiratory tract: 500mg q8hr;
  • infections of ear, nose, throat, GU, skin, soft tissues: 250mg q8h for 7-10 days;
  • acute uncomplicated GC: 3gm PO (single dose) plus probenicid 1gm PO (single dose) and tetracycline 500mg PO qid for 7 days;
  • note prophylaxis of bacterial endocarditis: 3gm PO 1hr before procedure and 1.5gm PO 6hrs later;
  • pediatric dosing:
  • 20-40 mg/kg/24hrs PO q8hr x 10 days;
  • supplied in susp 125, 250 mg/5 cc;
  • dosing in renal insufficiency:
  • dose for 70 kg adult (gm/dosing interval in hours)
  • CrCl: >80: 0.25-0.5/8;
  • CrCl: 50-79: 0.25-0.5/8;
  • CrCl:30-49:0.25-0.5/8;
  • CrCl:10-29: 0.25-0.5/12;


  • will interact w/:
  • allopurinol (increase frequency  of rash)
  • aminoglycosides, oral anticoagulants (increase PT);
  • Oral contraceptives (decrease effectiveness)