Compare Augmentin vs. Bactrim

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Treats bacterial infections.

Augmentin (amoxicillin / clavulanate) is first-choice antibiotic for most common types of infections. However, it may not work against more serious or uncommon types of infections.

3.9/ 5 average rating with 1034 reviewsforAugmentin
Kills bacteria.

Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as a generic. However, you can be more likely to sunburn.

3.6/ 5 average rating with 473 reviewsforBactrim
Upsides
  • Available as generic product.
  • Available in tablet, capsule, and liquid forms.
  • Used to treat most common types of bacterial infections.
  • Side effects are generally not too bad compared to other antibiotics.
  • Widely available as a generic product and in a variety of formulations (tablet, capsule, suspension).
  • Works well to treat many types of bacterial infections
Downsides
  • Many bacteria have developed resistance to this antibiotic.
  • Can cause diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
  • Birth control pills may not work as well to prevent pregnancy when taking this medication.
  • Makes you sensitive to the sun.
  • Can upset your stomach
  • Drink plenty of water or fluids to avoid harming your kidneys
  • May cause birth defects
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Price
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Reviews
1034 reviews so far
68%
saidit'sworth it
52%
saiditworked well
13%
saidit'sa big hassle

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473 reviews so far
59%
saidit'sworth it
49%
saiditworked well
22%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
3possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
    15%
  • Vaginal yeast infection
    3%
  • Nausea
    2%
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The Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Serious allergic reaction
    • History of penicillin allergy
    • History of multiple allergies
  • Liver damage
    • Existing liver problems
    • Taking other medicines that harm the liver
  • Superinfection
    • Taking Augmentin (amoxicillin / clavulanate) for a long time
    • Older age
    • Taking immunosuppressant medicines
  • Rash
    • Mononucleosis
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  • Diarrhea
  • Sunburn
  • Rash
  • Harm to fetus
  • Lower kidney function
    • Elderly
    • Taking other medicines that lower kidney function
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