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(amoxicillin / clavulanate)


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.Treats outer ear infections (swimmer's ear). Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) is easy to use and treats most ear infections.
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Side effects
  • Diarrhea 9%
  • Nausea 3%
  • Skin rash and hives 3%
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How it works
Augmentin (amoxicillin / clavulanate) contains two antibiotic medicines, which kill bacteria.Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic that kills bacteria. When the bacteria are killed, the infection should go away.
Type of medication
Prescription only
Prescription only
Available as
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Ear drops
Used for
Risk factors for serious side effects
  • History of penicillin allergies
    • Taking Augmentin (amoxicillin / clavulanate) for a long time
    • Mononucleosis
    • Using oral birth control pills
    Detailed Augmentin (amoxicillin / clavulanate) risks & warnings »
    • Prolonged use of Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin)
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          Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

          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.

          • Take with food if you're having upset stomach.
          No food related info.
          Kidneys and liver
          • Liver damage has been associated with patients taking Augmentin (amoxicillin / clavulanate). It's usually reversible, but deaths have been reported. Talk to your doctor if you notice pain in your abdomen, loss of appetite, yellowing of your skin or eyes, or dark colored urine.
          No kidneys and liver related info.
          No pain related info.
          • Can cause ear pain, itching, or a headache.
          Upsides and benefits
          • 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.
          • Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) is an effective antibiotic that treats many common bacteria.
          • It's usually only given twice a day.
          • Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) is available as a generic, so you shouldn't need to pay the higher price of the brand version.
          • It comes in individual droppers, so it's convenient to take.
          • Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) is safe to use in children 1 year of age and older.
          Downsides and risks
          • 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.
          • Can cause ear pain, itching, or a headache.
          • Stop using Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) right away if a rash develops on or in your ear.
          • You need to take Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin) until you've used up all of the droppers. Otherwise the infection can come back and get worse.
          Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
          • Finish all of your medicine even if you start to feel better. Stopping it early can cause the infection to come back stronger than before.
          • Can make your oral birth control less effective. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you need to use backup.
          • Take with food if you're having upset stomach.
          • Store the liquid in the fridge and throw away after 10 days.
          • Shake the suspension thoroughly before using each dose.
          • Each dropper is used for only one dose, so throw it away after you've used it once.
          • Wash your hands before and after you use Cetraxal (ciprofloxacin).
          • Warm the dropper by holding it in your hand for a minute before using it.
          • Lie on your side with the ear that hurts facing the ceiling. Squeeze all the liquid in the dropper into your ear and don't get up for at least a minute.
          • Talk to your doctor if you still have problems even after you've finished using all of the medicine.
          • Don't put the drug in your fridge and don't let it sit in the direct sunlight.
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