Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available

Augmentin

(Amoxicillin / Clavulanate)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available
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Kills bacteria.

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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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Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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 effect rates for Augmentin (Amoxicillin / Clavulanate)

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  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Skin rashes and urticaria

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.

Common concerns from people taking Augmentin (Amoxicillin / Clavulanate)

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Pregnancy
Food
  • Should be taken with food since it can cause stomach upset.
  • Take each dose with a meal since it may cause an upset stomach.
  • I took it with food, but still had a severe stomach pain due to the anitibiotic
Kidneys and liver
  • There have been reports of liver damage that can require hospitalization or can cause death. These have been rare. Talk to your doctor if you notice pain in your abdomen, loss of appetite, yellowing of your skin or eyes, or dark colored urine.
Pain
  • I took it with food, but still had a severe stomach pain due to the anitibiotic
  • Mouth sores, minor diarrhea issues., but was/is best for nasal infection, sinusitis, Cipro #2, & Bactrim DS #3,