Augmentin is a combination antibiotic containing amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium. It is used to treat bacterial infections in the sinuses, skin, lungs, and urinary tract.
The most common side effects of Augmentin are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and skin rashes. These are usually mild and resolve on their own.
If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking Augmentin and call your doctor immediately or get emergency medical treatment:
– Severe allergic reaction (rash, hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue)
– Severe diarrhea
– Bloody stools
– Fever or chills
– Yellowing of the skin or eyes
– Urinating less than usual or not at all
– Augmentin may cause other less common side effects. Call your doctor if you experience any unusual or bothersome side effects.
Augmentin is a combination antibiotic that contains amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium. It is used to treat bacterial infections in the sinuses, skin, lungs, and urinary tract.
Augmentin is available in tablet, oral suspension, and injectable forms. The usual adult dose is one tablet or 10 mL of oral suspension every 12 hours. The injectable form is given as an infusion over a period of 30 to 60 minutes. Augmentin should be taken with food to decrease the risk of stomach upset.
If you miss dose of Augmentin, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses of Augmentin at the same time.
How does Augmentin work?
Augmentin works by killing or inhibiting the growth of bacteria that cause infections. The amoxicillin component of Augmentin works by preventing bacteria from synthesizing new cell walls, while the clavulanate potassium inhibits beta-lactamase enzymes that can destroy amoxicillin. Augmentin is effective against a wide variety of bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and Escherichia coli.
When Augmentin is used to treat skin or sinus infections, it is usually taken for 10 days. For treating lung infections, Augmentin is usually taken for 7 to 10 days. Augmentin may be used for longer periods of time to treat stubborn or recurrent infections.
Who should not take Augmentin?
Augmentin should not be taken by people who are allergic to amoxicillin, clavulanate potassium, or any other ingredient in the medication. Augmentin should also be used with caution in people with kidney or liver disease, as well as in those with a history of gastrointestinal problems. Augmentin may not be suitable for people with certain medical conditions, such as mononucleosis or cancer. Augmentin should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Augmentin should not be taken by nursing mothers.