Proper Use

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Take this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.

You may take this medicine with or without meals. However, it is best to take this medicine at the start of a meal or snack to avoid an upset stomach.

Swallow the extended-release tablet whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it.

If you are using the chewable tablets, chew the tablet completely before swallowing.

There are certain flavors that can be mixed with the oral suspension to make it taste better. If you or your child do not like the taste of this medicine, ask your pharmacist about these flavorings.

Shake the oral liquid well before measuring the dose. Use a dosing spoon or medicine dropper to measure the dose. The average household teaspoon may not hold the right amount of liquid. Rinse the dosing spoon or dropper with water after each use.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For bacterial infections:
    • For oral dosage forms (chewable tablets or suspension):
      • Adults, teenagers, and children weighing 40 kilograms (kg) or more—250 to 500 milligrams (mg) every 8 hours, or 500 to 875 mg every 12 hours.
      • Children 3 months of age and older and weighing less than 40 kilograms (kg)—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The dose is usually 20 to 40 mg per kg of body weight per day, divided and given every 8 hours, or 25 to 45 mg per kg of body weight per day divided and given every 12 hours.
      • Children younger than 3 months of age—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The dose is usually 30 mg per kg of body weight per day, divided and given every 12 hours.
    • For oral dosage form (extended-release tablets):
      • Adults—2000 milligrams (mg) every 12 hours.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For oral dosage form (tablets):
      • Adults, teenagers, and children weighing 40 kilograms (kg) or more—250 to 500 milligrams (mg) every 8 hours, or 500 to 875 mg every 12 hours.
      • Children weighing less than 40 kg—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Store the chewable tablets, regular tablets, and extended-release tablets at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Store the oral liquid in the refrigerator. Throw away any unused portion after 10 days. Keep from freezing.