Augmentin is an oral antibacterial agent consisting of two main components – semisynthetic antibiotic amoxicillin and the β-lactamase inhibitor, clavulanate potassium (the potassium salt of clavulanic acid).
Amoxicillin is derivative of the basic penicillin nucleus; clavulanic acid is produced by Streptomyces clavuligerus fermentation. The acid is close to penicillin with properties to restrict the active sites of β-lactamases enzymes. The acid is effective against the plasmid-mediated β-lactamases which is proven to be responsible for the development of drug resistance to penicillins and cephalosporins.
Augmentin is available in the dosage forms of film coated tablets. The medicine like any other antibiotic agent should be used to treat infectious diseases which are proven to be caused by bacteria susceptible to the drug.