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Guide to Augmentin 500mg, a Brand Name Amoxicillin

The Medium-Spectrum, Penicillin Type Antibiotic for Dogs and Cats

By Sam Bourne. August 14, 2013

indications for Augmentin 500mg

A moderate-spectrum antibiotic (amoxicillin) combined with a beta lactamase inhibitor (clavulanate), Augmentin is an effective treatment for a number of different bacterial infections, from ear infections, strep throat, pneumonia, UTIs, Salmonella, Lyme disease, chlamydia, and other skin infections. Augmentin is also useful in the treatment of dental infections in dogs.

Precautions

Augmentin is not safe to use in pets with a known sensitivity to penicillin or cephalosporin type antibiotics. Also, pregnant pets should use Augmentin with caution. Augmentin should not be given with food, as it may diminish the bodies ability to absorb the antibiotics.  Augmentin, a form of penicillin, loses some to most of its effectiveness when taken with antacids, bacteriostatic drugs, cephalosporin and aminoglycoside antibiotics, and probenecid.

Dosage

Should be taken 1-2 hours after mealtime.
Dogs and Cats -- 10 - 20 mg/kg orally, twice a day.

Side Effects

Augmentin can have gastrointestinal effects, such as vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite. Hypersensitivity to the drug can result in rashes, blood disorders, fever, or anaphylactic shock (strong allergic reaction). Prolonged use in dogs has been reported to cause ataxia, tachypnea, dyspnea, edema, and tachycardia (abnormal heart rate).

Brand/Generic equivalents

Amoxicillin/Clavulanate

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Augmentin 500mg at a glance

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  • 1For dogs and cats
  • 2Penicillin type antibiotic and beta lactamase inhibitor
  • 3Taken orally 1-2 hours after eating
  • 4Fights susceptible bacteria