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Amoxicillin/clavulanate, known by its brand name Augmentin, is a prescription antibiotic prescribed to treat bacterial infections. It contains a combination of the active ingredients amoxicillin and potassium clavulanate.
Augmentin belongs to the penicillin class of antibiotics (because of amoxicillin) and the beta-lactamase inhibitors (due to potassium clavulanate). It is available as regular and extended-release tablets or a liquid suspension.
Augmentin is considered a broad-spectrum antibiotic, meaning it is effective against a wide range of bacteria types. Broad-spectrum antibiotics are often prescribed in cases where multiple types of bacteria may cause an infection, or if the doctor suspects that more than one strain is causing an infection at the same time.
How Does Augmentin Work?
As a combination drug, there are two mechanisms of action for Augmentin.
Amoxicillin prevents bacteria from making cell walls, which is their outer layer of protection. When the cell wall is damaged, the pressure inside the bacteria cell can grow until the membrane bursts, killing the bacteria. However, some bacteria can make proteins called beta-lactamases, which break down amoxicillin.
Potassium clavulanate is added to amoxicillin to help prevent bacteria from becoming resistant to amoxicillin. As a beta-lactamase inhibitor, potassium clavulanate prevents the beta-lactamase from working, which keeps amoxicillin from being broken down and allows it to fight the infection.
What Is Augmentin Used For?
Augmentin is prescribed to treat a range of bacterial infections, including:
- urinary tract infections
- ear infections
- skin infections
This list is not complete, and Augmentin may be prescribed to treat a condition that is not listed.
How to Take Augmentin?
When prescribed Augmentin, it is crucial to take it exactly as your doctor prescribes, including the type of tablet specified (regular or extended-release), the dosage, and the scheduling.
Your symptoms may improve shortly after starting Augmentin, but you should still take the antibiotic for the entire prescribed length. It’s common for symptoms to improve before the infection is completely gone, and discontinuing the medication early increases the risk of antibiotic resistance or a recurrent infection occurring.
For those taking the extended-release tablet, do not crush or chew it––swallow the pill whole, or, if the whole pill is too large, you may break it in half and then take both halves at the same time. Talk to your doctor if the half pill is still too challenging to swallow.
If you have been prescribed the liquid suspension, shake it before measuring a dose. Use only a medicine dose-measuring device or the provided dosing syringe to measure out the correct amount.
Avoid taking Augmentin with or immediately after eating a high-fat meal, as this can make it harder for the body to absorb the medicine.
In the case of a missed dose, take the dose as soon as you notice unless it is almost time for the next dose. If this is the case, skip over the missed dose––you should never take two doses at the same time to compensate for a missed dose.
In the United States, amoxicillin/clavulanate is available under the following brand names:
Common side effects associated with amoxicillin/clavulanate may include:
- Mild rash or itching
More serious side effects which should be reported to your healthcare provider immediately may include:
- Severe rash
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty swallowing
- Vaginal itching
- Vaginal discharge
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Severe abdominal pain
- Bloody diarrhea
- Easy bruising or bleeding
The above lists of possible side effects associated with amoxicillin/clavulanate are not exhaustive and other side effects may occur. If you experience any severe or persistent side effects while taking amoxicillin/clavulanate, it is important to contact your healthcare provider right away.
There may also be some severe drug reactions to Augmentin. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience a fever, skin rash, swollen glands, unusual bruising, yellowing of the skin or eyes, muscle aches, little or no urination, loss of appetite, or dark-colored urine.
Furthermore, some people may be allergic to Augmentin or experience a severe skin reaction. Seek emergency help if you have hives, swelling in the throat or face, difficulty breathing, burning eyes, red or purple skin rash, peeling and blistering skin.
It is important to note that some drugs, including allopurinol, probenecid, or blood thinners, can interact with Augmentin, and you should inform your doctor if you take any of these.
Frequently Asked Questions About Augmentin (Amoxicillin/Clavulanate)
Do You Need a Prescription for Augmentin?
Augmentin (amoxicillin/clavulanate) is a prescription antibiotic medication that is commonly used to treat bacterial infections. Augmentin is not available over the counter and a valid prescription from a licensed healthcare professional is required to get it.
Can You Get an Online Prescription for Augmentin?
Yes, you can get an online prescription for Augmentin from DrHouse. Our licensed healthcare professionals will review your medical history and symptoms to determine if augmentin is the appropriate treatment for you
Can I Get a Prescription Refill for Augmentin From DrHouse?
It depends on your specific situation and the discretion of the physician. Antibiotics aren’t usually refilled, as they are typically taken for a short period until the infection clears up.
However, if your condition requires additional treatment with Augmentin, our physicians may refill your prescription after a virtual consultation to assess your ongoing needs.
For more detailed information about amoxicillin/clavulanate (Augmentin), you can refer to the following sources:
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Frequently asked questions
Can I Get a New Prescription or Refill an Existing One Through DrHouse?
Yes, you can get a new prescription or refill an existing one online through DrHouse. You just need to start a consultation with one of our licensed providers and they will be able to assess your needs and provide you with a prescription if necessary.
Please note that the final decision always rests with the doctor based on their professional judgment and your health needs.
What Medications Can't be Prescribed Online By DrHouse?
There are certain medications that cannot be prescribed online by DrHouse physicians due to safety reasons. These include controlled substances, such as opioids and other narcotics, as well as drugs with a high potential for abuse or dependence. DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.
How Do I Get an Online Prescription from DrHouse?
With DrHouse getting a new prescription or a refill for your current Rx is a straightforward and quick process. All you need to do is follow a few easy steps:
- Download the DrHouse telehealth app on your mobile device.
- Create an account by providing basic information and medical history.
- Start an on-demand virtual video consultation with one of our licensed physicians.
- Discuss your medical needs and concerns with one of our physicians.
- A doctor will review your medical history, symptoms, and current medications (if any) to determine if an online prescription is appropriate for you.
- If a physician approves, they will electronically send a new prescription or refill request to the pharmacy of your choice.
- Pick up your medication from the pharmacy.
DrHouse makes it easy for you to get an online prescription from the comfort of your own home. No more waiting in line at the doctor’s office or pharmacy, and no need to take time off work to see a doctor. Our telehealth platform allows you to access quality medical care from anywhere with an internet connection.
For more information about how our telehealth platform works visit our “How DrHouse Works” page.
What Will My Appointment for a New Prescription or Refill Look Like?
During your virtual consultation with a DrHouse physician, you will have the opportunity to discuss your medical needs and concerns.
The consultation will consist of a video call where a physician will assess your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms and any other relevant information. This is to ensure that a physician has all the necessary information to make an informed decision about your prescription.
You can also ask any questions or clarify any doubts you may have about your condition or medication. Our physicians are happy to address any concerns you may have.
Once a physician has assessed your needs, they will determine if and what type of prescription is appropriate for you. If a new prescription or refill is approved, a doctor will send it electronically to your chosen pharmacy.
How Long Does It Get To Get a Prescription Online With DrHouse?
With our on-demand telehealth service, you have the opportunity to see the first available doctor in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. However, the exact consult time will depend on the complexity of your case and the thoroughness required by the healthcare provider to make an informed decision.
Is It Safe to Get an Online Prescription from DrHouse?
Absolutely, it is safe to get an online prescription from DrHouse. We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of patient safety and privacy.
All our providers are highly qualified US-based physicians and often affiliated with major hospitals. They are board-certified and from the top U.S. medical schools with an average of 20 years of experience.
We strictly adhere to HIPAA regulations, ensuring your personal and medical information is kept secure and confidential. Also, we comply with all applicable state and federal laws related to telehealth and the prescribing of medications.
Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that your safety and privacy are our top priorities when you use DrHouse’s services.
How Much Does DrHouse Cost?
DrHouse strives to provide accessible and affordable telehealth services. DrHouse urgent care, primary care, and specialist visits are $129 or your copay. This includes everything from your initial consultation through to the prescription of your medication.
The cost of a doctor’s visit may be covered fully by your insurance. A typical copay is around $25. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand the extent of your coverage for telehealth services.
To learn more about how much DrHouse costs, visit our pricing page
Does DrHouse Accept Insurance?
Yes, DrHouse accepts most major insurances, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare. The extent of coverage may vary depending on your individual plan.
What Is DrHouse’s Prescription Refill Policy?
Our physicians are able to prescribe up to a 90-day prescription without labs for any previously prescribed medication if it’s medically appropriate and is not classified as a controlled substance.
DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.
DrHouse physicians use their medical judgment to determine whether to prescribe and the duration.
In certain cases, the prescription may be limited to 30 days or less. There also may be a 12-month cap for some prescriptions without labs. For medications requiring annual monitoring (such as blood work or imaging), the maximum prescription limit is 90 days within a year without labs.
DrHouse physicians can refer patients to labs for longer prescription periods or refills.