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What is an Amox TR K CLV 875 125 mg tab?

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Amox TR K CLV 875 125 mg tab is an oral tablet combining amoxicillin and clavulanic acid, with 875 milligrams of amoxicillin to 125 milligrams of clavulanate. Patients generally take this tablet two to three times per day for 7 to 10 days. The drug fights bacterial infections related to bronchitis, sinusitis, ear infection such as otitis media, cellulitis and community-acquired pneumonia. The drug's commercial name is Augmentin.

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The drug may cause mild side effects, such as diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, during the first few days of use. More serious side effects include easy bruising or bleeding, persistent sore throat or fever, dark urine, persistent nausea, severe stomach or abdominal pain, yellowing eyes or skin, and an inflammation of the colon known as pseudomembranous colitis. Patients should consult a doctor if these more serious side effects occur.

Augmentin is taken with a food or snack to prevent upset stomach. The entire drug regimen should be completed as prescribed to ensure the bacterial infection does not reoccur.

The reason clavulanic acid combines with amoxicillin is to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Clavulanate inhibits the bacterial enzyme that resists penicillin-type drugs. The drug was first approved for use in the United States in 1984 and is prescribed 2 to 5 million times annually.

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