What Are Some Reasons for Taking Amoxicillin and Clavulanate?

Doctors prescribe amoxicillin and clavulanate, also known as Augmentin, to fight bacterial infections such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and ear, skin and urinary tract infections, according Drugs.com. Augmentin is a combination drug that destroys bacteria and prevents their growth, adds Mayo Clinic.

The amoxicillin and clavulanate combination is an antibiotic in the group of drugs called penicillins and beta-lactamase inhibitors, states Mayo Clinic. Augmentin works well against beta-lactamase-producing isolates of certain illness-causing bacteria, such as Haemophilus influenzae, Moraxella catarrhalis, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Klebsiella species, explains RxList.

Haemophilus influenzae and Moraxella catarrhalis cause lower respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia, details RxList. They also cause sinusitis and acute bacterial otitis media, or ear infection. Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Klebsiella species cause skin infections, and Escherichia coli, Klebsiella species and Enterobacter species cause urinary tract infections.