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Augmentin

(Amoxicillin / Clavulanate)

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Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available

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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.

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  • 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.
  • 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.

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Side effects for Augmentin (Amoxicillin / Clavulanate)

From clinical trials of Augmentin / Any condition 

  • DiarrheaDiarrhea9% for Augmentin vs.0% for placebo
  • NauseaNausea3% for Augmentin vs.0% for placebo
  • Skin rashes and urticariaSkin rashes and urticaria3% for Augmentin vs.0% for placebo
  • VomitingVomiting1% for Augmentin vs.0% for placebo
  • VaginitisVaginitis1% for Augmentin vs.0% for placebo

Manufacturers don’t say how common these side effects are

  • Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea
  • Hepatic dysfunction
  • Serious allergic reaction

What to expect when you take Augmentin (Amoxicillin / Clavulanate)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • 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.

Risks and Warnings for Augmentin (Amoxicillin / Clavulanate)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Mononucleosis

    If you have mononucleosis (mono), contact your doctor for alternatives. Taking Augmentin (Amoxicillin / Clavulanate) when you have mononucleosis can cause a rash.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Tips from pharmacists and people taking Augmentin (Amoxicillin / Clavulanate)

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The FDA category for this medication is B. It is advised that you: Probably safe
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  • Upsides and downsides from our pharmacists
  • Should be taken with food since it can cause stomach upset.
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Take each dose with a meal since it may cause an upset stomach.