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Recurrent or persistent ear infections in children can be treated with Augmentin ES. This prescription antibiotic is only approved for use in children age 3 months to 12 years old. Healthcare providers may occasionally recommend off-label uses of Augmentin ES as well, such as for treating or preventing any other type of infection.

What Is Augmentin ES Used For?

Augmentin ES® (amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium 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 Augmentin ES) can be used, as using Augmentin ES would be "overkill."
Augmentin 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 Augmentin ES. Also, bacteria have different resistance patterns in different regions of the country. This means that some bacteria may be susceptible to Augmentin ES 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 ES is usually considered a broad-spectrum antibiotic.
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