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 bacterial infections. Keflex (cephalexin) is good for treating many bacterial infections, and is available as a generic.
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› 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.
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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.
› Available in generic.
› Available in different forms: tablet, capsule, and suspension.
› Used to treat many types of bacterial infections.
› Can be taken with or without food.
› Generally few side effects compared with other antibiotics.
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 diarrhea.
› You may need to take Keflex (cephalexin) 2 to 4 times a day, which can be hard to remember.
› If you're allergic to penicillins or other antibiotics, you might not be able to take this medicine.
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.
› Finish all of the medicine your doctor gives you, even if you start to feel better. Stopping it early can cause the bacteria to develop resistance.
› Store the suspension in the refrigerator. Shake well before using, and discard the bottle after 14 days.