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Please describe the medication: augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate)?

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Dr. Mel Goldberg
Pediatrics

In brief: Amoxicillin +

Amoxicillin/clavulanic acid good for some infections but very often causes diarrhea, especially in young children--especially good for animal bites---some people describe it as Amoxicillin with a laxative.

In brief: Amoxicillin +

Amoxicillin/clavulanic acid good for some infections but very often causes diarrhea, especially in young children--especially good for animal bites---some people describe it as Amoxicillin with a laxative.
Dr. Mel Goldberg
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Alexander Turin
General Practice

In brief: Antibiotic

Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) is a combination antibiotic, specifically a mix of Amoxicillin and clavulanic acid.
Amoxicillin, as you might guess, is in the penicillin family. Clavulanic acid is a medication that works by inhibiting an enzyme called "penicillinase" or "beta-lactamase" that some bacteria produce that destroys penicillin-related drugs. So, clavulonic acid makes Amoxicillin work better in these bacteria.

In brief: Antibiotic

Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) is a combination antibiotic, specifically a mix of Amoxicillin and clavulanic acid.
Amoxicillin, as you might guess, is in the penicillin family. Clavulanic acid is a medication that works by inhibiting an enzyme called "penicillinase" or "beta-lactamase" that some bacteria produce that destroys penicillin-related drugs. So, clavulonic acid makes Amoxicillin work better in these bacteria.
Alexander Turin
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