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(Amoxicillin / Clavulanate)


Kills bacteria. Augmentin (Amoxicillin / Clavulanate) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as generic. However, it will make birth control pills less effective. It also has to be taken with food since it can cause an upset stomach.Treats ear infections. Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is an easy to use antibiotic that treats most ear infections.
How it works
Augmentin (Amoxicillin / Clavulanate) is a combination antibiotic. Amoxicillin kills bacteria and prevents them from reproducing and making their own protective covering. Clavulanate stops chemicals the bacteria make to resist antibiotics.Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is an antibiotic that stops bacteria from being able to grow and replicate. Preventing bacteria from working prevents the infection from continuing.
Type of medication
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Ear drops
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Side effects

The Augmentin FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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The Cetraxal FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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Risk factors for serious side effects
  • Mononucleosis
    • History of liver disease
      Detailed Augmentin (Amoxicillin / Clavulanate) risks & warnings »
      • Prolonged use of Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin)
      Detailed Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) risks & warnings »
      Pregnancy category
      BFDA pregnancy category (Probably safe)

      Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

      See the FDA package insert
      CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      See the FDA package insert
      No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
      • Should be taken with food since it can cause stomach upset.
      • Take each dose with a meal since it may cause an upset stomach.
      No specific food-related info.
      Kidneys and liver
      No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
      No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
      No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
      No specific weight-related info.No specific weight-related info.
      Upsides and benefits
      • Available in generic.
      • Available in different forms: tablet, capsule, and suspension.
      • Used to treat many types of bacterial infections.
      • Less resistance seen in bacteria to this antibiotic. Your doctor may run tests to see which antibiotics will kill the bacteria causing your infection.
      • Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is an effective antibiotic to treat bacteria that typically grow in the ear.
      • Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is easy to use and it's okay even if there's a small amount of liquid left in the vial after giving yourself the dose.
      • Usually only given twice a day.
      Downsides and risks
      • If you're on birth control pills, you should use a barrier method (condoms, diaphragms) since Augmentin can make them less effective.
      • Should be taken with food since it can cause stomach upset.
      • If you have phenylketonuria (PKU), talk to your doctor to prescribe an alternative.
      • Cetraxal (Ciprofloxacin) is not available generically, so it may be a bit pricey.
      • Can cause ear pain, itching, or a headache.
      • Discontinue use immediately if a rash develops on or in your ear.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      • Take this medication exactly as your doctor tells you to.
      • Take each dose with a meal since it may cause an upset stomach.
      • If you are taking birth control pills, this can make it less effective.
      • Store the suspension in the refrigerator. All other forms can be kept at room temperature.
      • Each vial is used for only one dose, so dispose of the container after using it.
      • Warm the dose by holding it in your hand for a minute before using it.
      • Lie on your side with your affected ear upwards. Put a drop in the ear and lie there for a minute or two before getting up.
      • Don't use if you're allergic to or had a reaction to ciprofloxacin or other quinolone-type antibiotics.
      • Stop using [name_ common] if a rash forms in or around the ear.
      • Avoid getting it in your eyes or mouth.
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