5.3/ 7 average rating with 1034 reviewsforAugmentin

Augmentin
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(amoxicillin / clavulanate)

Augmentin (amoxicillin / clavulanate)

Prescription only

Biaxin (clarithromycin)

Prescription only
1 of 7 alternatives
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.

Biaxin (clarithromycin) is a good first-choice medicine to treat most common respiratory infections. Side-effects are common, but mild.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • Good first-choice treatment for respiratory infections.
  • Compared to similar medicines, Biaxin (clarithromycin) is better tolerated.
  • Available as an extended-release pill for convenient once daily dosing and as a liquid for trouble swallowing pills.
  • Children as young as 6 months can use Biaxin (clarithromycin) safely and effectively.
Downsides
  • 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 changes in taste.
  • Can cause abnormal heart rhythms.
  • Biaxin (clarithromycin), can interact with other medications. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist, especially if you are taking medicines for heart problems or gout.
  • If you have kidney or liver problems, Biaxin (clarithromycin) might not be a good option.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Extended release pill
  • Liquid
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Reviews
1034 
68%
think this treatment is worth it
52%
think this treatment works well
13%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
3possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
    15%
  • Vaginal yeast infection
    3%
  • Nausea
    2%
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7possible side effects
  • Nausea
    12%
  • Vomiting
    8%
  • Abnormal changes in taste
    4%
  • Abdominal pain
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    3%
  • Rash
    3%
  • Headache
    2%
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Risks and warnings
  • Serious allergic reaction

    History of penicillin allergy

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Liver damage

    Existing liver problems

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Superinfection

    Taking Augmentin (amoxicillin / clavulanate) for a long time

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Rash

    Mononucleosis

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  • Abnormal heart rhythm

    History of heart arrhythmias

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Severe diarrhea caused by bacteria

    Antibiotic use

  • Birth defects

    Pregnancy

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