Augmentin XR Uses
Augmentin XR is licensed to treat pneumonia and sinusitis in people age seven years and older. It contains two different medications: amoxicillin (an antibiotic) and clavulanate potassium (a beta-lactamase inhibitor that helps amoxicillin work better). Healthcare providers may also occasionally recommend off-label uses for Augmentin XR, such as preventing infections instead of treating them.
What Is Augmentin XR Used For?Augmentin XR® (amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium XR) is a prescription antibiotic. It is approved for the treatment of pneumonia and sinusitis. More specifically, Augmentin XR is used to treat community-acquired pneumonia (pneumonia that occurs in people who have not recently been hospitalized); it is not approved for treating hospital-acquired pneumonia.
Augmentin XR is approved for treating such infections only when they are caused by certain types of bacteria. Not all bacteria (and no viruses) will respond to this medication. Also, bacteria have different resistance patterns in different regions in the country. This means that some bacteria may be susceptible to Augmentin XR in certain parts of the country but not in others.
Overuse and inappropriate use of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistance. In order to prevent this, broad-spectrum antibiotics, which are active against a wide range of bacteria, should not be used to treat infections that could be treated by an antibiotic with a narrower spectrum of activity. Augmentin XR is usually considered a broad-spectrum antibiotic.