Compare penicillin vs. Augmentin

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Treats bacterial infections.

Penicillin VK (penicillin) is good at treating strep throat and is cheap, however, it can only be used for certain infections as many bacteria have developed resistance to it.

3.9/ 5 average rating with 1297 reviewsforpenicillin
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.

3.9/ 5 average rating with 1034 reviewsforAugmentin
Upsides
  • Compared to alternatives, Penicillin VK (penicillin) is the preferred choice for treating strep throat infections.
  • This medicine is available as a generic, which is cheap.
  • It’s also available in different forms: pill and liquid.
  • 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.
Downsides
  • Many bacteria are resistant to Penicillin VK (penicillin), so it only works for certain infection typically in ear, nose, and throat.
  • Penicillin VK (penicillin) has a bitter taste. Children might not like the taste.
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Extended release
  • Liquid
Price
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Reviews
1297 reviews so far
71%
saidit'sworth it
52%
saiditworked well
12%
saidit'sa big hassle

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1034 reviews so far
68%
saidit'sworth it
52%
saiditworked well
13%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Penicillin VK (penicillin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
3possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
    9%
  • Nausea
    3%
  • Skin rash and hives
    3%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Diarrhea
    • Taking Penicillin VK (penicillin) for a long time
  • Interaction with birth control pills
  • Allergic reaction
    • History of severe allergic reaction to Penicillin VK (penicillin)
    • Cephalosporin medication allergy
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  • Serious allergic reaction
    • History of penicillin allergy
    • History of multiple allergies
  • Liver damage
    • Existing liver problems
    • Taking other medicines that harm the liver
  • Superinfection
    • Taking Augmentin (amoxicillin / clavulanate) for a long time
    • Older age
    • Taking immunosuppressant medicines
  • Rash
    • Mononucleosis
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