Amoxicillin and Clavulanate Potassium Dosing

For children, amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium dosing is determined by the child's weight, the severity of infection, and the particular amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium product. The usual dosage for adults is one 500-mg tablet every 12 hours or one 250-mg tablet every 8 hours. A higher dose of amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium may be recommended for more severe infections.

Amoxicillin and Clavulanate Potassium Dosing: An Introduction

The dose of amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium (Augmentin®) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • The type of infection and bacteria
  • Your age and weight
  • The particular amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium product
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may be currently taking.
     
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 

Amoxicillin and Clavulanate Potassium Dosing for Children and Infants

Your child's healthcare provider will calculate your child's amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium dose by considering several factors, including your child's weight, the severity of the infection, and the particular amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium product (different products can contain different amounts of clavulanate potassium, even if the amoxicillin dosage is the same).
 

Amoxicillin and Clavulanate Potassium Dosing for Adults and Larger Children

Children weighing 40 kg (88 pounds) or more are dosed the same as adults. The usual dose is one 500-mg tablet of amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium every 12 hours or one 250-mg tablet every 8 hours. For more severe infections, one 875-mg tablet every 12 hours or one 500-mg tablet every 8 hours may be recommended. It is important to note that two 250-mg amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium tablets are not equivalent to one 500-mg tablet. They contain the same amount of amoxicillin, but not the same amount of clavulanate potassium.
 
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