What Is Amoxicillin/Clavulanate Potassium ES Used For?
Amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium ES is an antibiotic that treats ear infections in children who are between the ages of 3 months and 12 years old. Specifically, this medication is designed for children who have already been treated with an antibiotic and who meet certain criteria. Occasionally, a healthcare provider may recommend off-label uses for amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium ES, such as treating and preventing other types of infections.
Amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium ES (Augmentin ES®) is a prescription antibiotic. It is approved for the treatment of persistent or recurring ear infections in children age 3 months to 12 years old. More specifically, it is recommended only for use in children who have already been treated with an antibiotic for an ear infection sometime within the previous three months and who meet one of the following two criteria:
- Are two years old or younger
- Are attending daycare.
For children who do not fit these criteria, usually just amoxicillin (instead of amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium ES) can be used, as using amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium ES would be "overkill."
Amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium ES 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 amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium ES. Also, bacteria have different resistance patterns in different regions of the country. This means that some bacteria may be susceptible to this particular antibiotic 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. Amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium ES is usually considered a broad-spectrum antibiotic.