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Are augmentim and amoxycillin the same thing?

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Aimsmum Mon 18-Apr-05 16:14:17

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elliott Mon 18-Apr-05 16:16:24

they are slightly different - augmentin is amoxycillin PLUS clavuranic acid (I've spelt that wrong I know) - in combination they have a broader spectrum (are active against more types of bacteria) than amoxycillin alone. hth

Aimsmum Mon 18-Apr-05 16:27:27

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Gobbledigook Mon 18-Apr-05 16:36:49

Elliot's right - Augmentin is amoxycillin and clavulanic acid.

tamum Mon 18-Apr-05 16:39:50

Aimsmum, both dd and ds have at different times failed to respond to amoxycillin and been put on augmentin which worked well. It doesn't sound reasonable not to have let her try it

marthamoo Mon 18-Apr-05 16:43:26

Amoxycillin is cheaper - so they tend to prescribe that first.

happymerryberries Mon 18-Apr-05 16:50:00

Also to be fair to the doc, it is better not to prescribe broad spectrum antibiotics unless the bacteria is know to be immune to the narrow spectrum ones. Over use of broard spectum antibiotics increases the number of bacteria becoming resistant to multiple types of antibiotics.

Aimsmum Mon 18-Apr-05 18:41:32

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Gobbledigook Mon 18-Apr-05 18:44:59

Bit strange then that doc doesn't just switch her from amoxycillin to Augmentin.

I agree with hmb re: resistance but if it's been recommended based on a test it's a bit odd that he's not px it.

tamum Mon 18-Apr-05 18:51:42

She's not even getting the amoxycillin though by the sounds of it, which does seem remiss given her history. Deffo speak to the ENT specialise about it, Aimsmum.

Aimsmum Mon 18-Apr-05 18:54:03

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Aimsmum Mon 18-Apr-05 19:02:52

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jasper Mon 18-Apr-05 19:14:38

the doc should not prescribe another penicillin type antibiotic twice in the same month - presume that is what he means by already on it(ie had a course within the past month) and why he did not prescribe it again.

Aimsmum Mon 18-Apr-05 19:20:52

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Aimsmum Mon 18-Apr-05 19:54:24

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SaintGeorge Mon 18-Apr-05 20:09:48

Exactly what does the bacteriologist report say? I used to work in microbiology typing the reports and we didn't recommend antibiotics, merely stated which ones the bugs were resistant or sensitive to.

If the microbiologist thought they were desperately called for he would likely have telephoned the report through to the surgery.

This might shed some light on your GP's attitude towards prescribing.

Aimsmum Mon 18-Apr-05 22:50:57

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SaintGeorge Mon 18-Apr-05 23:19:45

Assuming the report is in the same type of format we used (I see no reason why not) then the s next to each antibiotic means they are the sensitivities, so the correct ones to prescribe if the doctor decides to go ahead with medication.

Don't worry about your dd becoming immune to the drugs. It is the bugs that become resistant not the person and this bug does still seem to be sensitive to amoxicillin. Just make sure the ENT specialist is aware of her recentish prescription - he might want to try a combination of the antibiotics and hit it with a double whammy.

Aimsmum Mon 18-Apr-05 23:51:25

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HappyMumof2 Tue 19-Apr-05 13:07:12

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Aimsmum Tue 19-Apr-05 13:54:39

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Aimsmum Tue 19-Apr-05 13:58:35

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dinosaur Tue 19-Apr-05 14:06:49

I really don't know much about this but I think that care should be taken with augmentin. There is some research implicating it in the development of autism. here is a link.

HappyMumof2 Tue 19-Apr-05 14:07:48

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HappyMumof2 Tue 19-Apr-05 14:10:10

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