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albecker   , 36

from Scarsdale

The Difference Between Augmentin and Amoxicillin


Augmentin and amoxicillin are the two categories of antibiotics. Antibiotics are very useful in treating bacterial infections which is too powerful for the body immune system.

These drugs have similarities. Amoxicillin is a common type of antibiotic and augmentin is rich in amoxicillin and clavulanic acid, which enhances its effectiveness against various kinds of infections.

In this article, we are going to look at the differences between Augmentin and amoxicillin and their side effects.

Both augmentin and amoxicillin belong to the penicillin drug class, which is a pool of common antibiotics.

Augmentin contains amoxicillin as the main ingredient and also has some clavulanate ingredients.

Clavulanate can be used to treat infections provoked by antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

These antibiotic drugs are very helpful in defending the body against disturbing bacterial infections.

It is essential to understand that these kinds of drugs do not act on viral infections like the common cold. Antibiotics should only be taken when one has infections, they should not be taken unnecessary because they will become less effective in the long run and may result in bacteria developing resistance to these drugs.

Amoxicillin Uses

Amoxicillin and Augmentin are used mainly by doctors to fend off bacterial infections

Most people are aware of amoxicillin. It's a common drug that pharmacist prescribe to treat various bacterial infections both in children and adults.

This drug is mostly prescribed to children because of its effectiveness in treating various childhood infections and is not associated with many side effects.

Amoxicillin fights a variety of bacteria ranging from gram-positive to gram-negative strains. Pharmacists may recommend amoxicillin for infections like strep throat, ear infections, respiratory infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia, urinary tract infections, tonsillitis, skin infections, Helicobacter pylori infections as well as sexually transmitted infections like gonorrhea.

Augmentin Uses

Augmentin is an antibiotic which is made of several drugs. It contains amoxicillin and clavulanic acid.

Clavulanic acid acts as a beta-lactamase blocker. It deactivates the enzymes produced by the infectious bacteria which are more resistant to antibiotics.

Due to the presence of clavulanate, Augmentin can cure various strains of bacteria which are resistant to traditional antibiotics. Because of this, the drug becomes more effective to a wide range of bacteria.

Doctors recommend the usage of Augmentin to treat similar infections like amoxicillin. They can also prescribe it treat infections which are antibiotic resistant. Some of these infections include laryngitis, sinus infections, pharyngitis, bacterial infections linked to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as well as critical skin infections, like abscesses or erysipelas

Augmentin can also be prescribed to people suffering from recurring infections such as strep throat.

Side effects

These two drugs share some common side effects, while others are associated with augmentin. These similarities arise because both drugs contain amoxicillin. Some of the common side effects include abdominal pain, vomiting, easy bruising, rashes, bloody diarrhea, nausea as well as heartburn.

Augmentin and amoxicillin may tend to affect the healthy growth of intestinal bacterias. This may cause a temporary imbalance in the intestinal flora.

Antibiotic frequent users may be prone to these problems since their gut bacteria may not have adequate time to recover.