Amoxycillin with clavulanic acid

Active ingredients: amoxycillin, clavulanic acid (clavulanate)

Brand names include: Augmentin Duo, Moxiclav Duo

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What is amoxycillin with clavulanic acid?

Amoxycillin with clavulanic acid is a combination of two different antibiotics used to treat infections caused by bacteria. Both amoxycillin and clavulanic acid belong to the penicillin family of antibiotics.

Amoxycillin with clavulanic acid is usually prescribed if amoxycillin alone does not kill the bacteria causing your infection.

It can be used to treat some respiratory tract infections (RTIs) and their complications, as well as other infections caused by bacteria.

Find out more about what infections amoxycillin with clavulanic acid is used for, how it works, who can take it, and its side effects and interactions.

Read about the different brands of amoxycillin with clavulanic acid and find the consumer medicines information (CMI) leaflet for your brand.

References
  • Rossi S, ed. Australian Medicines Handbook [online]. Adelaide: AMH, July 2012.
  • Sweetman S, ed. Martindale: The complete drug reference [online]. London: Pharmaceutical Press (accessed 18 October 2011).
  • Antibiotic Expert Group. Therapeutic Guidelines: Antibiotic version 14; Amoxycillin plus clavulanate. Melbourne: Therapeutic Guidelines Limited, 2012 (accessed 24 February2012).