The following leaflet addresses the use of higher doses of amoxicillin and co-amoxiclav/amoxicillin-clavulanate in children when treating their infections.
Both Amoxicillin and Co-amoxiclav/Amoxicillin-Clavulanate contain amoxicillin as the active ingredient. Amoxicillin belongs to a group of antibiotics known as penicillin, and is used to treat a wide range of infections caused by bacteria, including infections of the chest (pneumonia), middle ear (otitis media), sinuses (sinusitis), tonsils (tonsillitis), urinary tract, and skin and soft tissue.
High-dose amoxicillin (such as 80 to 90mg/kg/day) is usually prescribed to overcome the antibiotic resistance that has developed to the common bacteria that may cause these infections such as the following:
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