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Augmentin

Generic Name: Amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium [am-OK-i-SIL-in-KLAV-ue-LAN-ate-poe-TAS-ee-um]
Drug Class: Beta-lactamase inhibitors

What is Augmentin?

Augmentin is a mixture consisting of the amoxicillin antibiotic and potassium clavulanate. Amoxicillin is a penicillin-based antibiotic that fights bacteria within the body. The beta-lactamase inhibitor is called clavulanate potassium. which aids in stopping certain bacteria from becoming resistant to amoxicillin.

Augmentin is a prescription-only antibiotic that is used to treat various illnesses caused by bacteria, including sinusitis, pneumonia, and ear infections. respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, and skin infections.

Warnings

It is not recommended to take Augmentin in the case of severe kidney problems, if you've had liver issues or jaundice when taking clavulanate potassium and amoxicillin, or if you're sensitive to antibiotics such as cephalosporin or penicillin, such as amoxil, Ceftin, Cefzil, Moxatag, Omnicef, and many others.

If you change between one tablet form and an alternative (regular or extended-release tablets), use only the tablet that you have switched to and the dosage prescribed to you. Amoxicillin or clavulanate may have less effectiveness or cause harm in the absence of the exact tablet format the doctor prescribed.Amoxicillin and potassium clavulanate can be found in breast milk and could harm the nursing infant. Don't take this medication without consulting your physician when you breastfeed babies.

Augmentin may cause birth control pills to be less efficient. Consult your physician about non-hormone methods to control birth (such as condoms, diaphragm, or spermicide) to avoid pregnancy while taking amoxicillin or clavulanate potassium.It is not recommended to take Augmentin when you suffer from severe kidney disease, if you've had liver issues and/or jaundice during the course of amoxicillin and potassium clavulanate, or if you have an allergy to any antibiotic, penicillin, or cephalosporin.

Before You Take This Drug

It is not recommended to use Augmentin if you have an allergy to clavulanate or amoxicillin or if you suffer from:

  • You have a severe kidney condition (or you are taking dialysis);

  • You've experienced liver problems or jaundice after taking amoxicillin or potassium clavulanate;

  • You are intolerant to antibiotics made of penicillin or cephalosporins like Amoxil, Ceftin, Cefzil, Moxatag, Omnicef, and others.

To ensure that Augmentin is not harmful to you, inform your doctor if you are suffering from:

  • Liver disease (hepatitis or jaundice);

  • Kidney disease kidney disease

  • Mononucleosis.

The liquid could contain the chemical phenylalanine. Inform your doctor that you have phenylketonuria (PKU).Inform your doctor if you are nursing or pregnant.Augmentin may make contraceptives less efficient. Consult your physician about non-hormonal birth control (condom diaphragm, diaphragm, cervical cap, and contraceptive sponge) to avoid pregnancy.

How To Take Augmentin?

Use Augmentin as directed by your physician. Follow the directions on your prescription label, and review all medication guides and instructions on the label.Augmentin can be effective when taken at the beginning of a meal.Do the medication each day for 12 hours.

Do not chew, crush, or chew the extended-release tablets. Inhale the pill completely, or cut the tablet in half and swallow each half at a time. Consult your physician if you are having difficulty swallowing a full or half tablet.Shake your oral suspension (liquid) prior to determining the dose. Utilize the dosing syringe that comes with it or a dosage-monitoring device (not the kitchen spoon).This medicine may affect the outcomes of certain medical tests. Be sure to inform any doctor treating patients that you're using Augmentin.

Take this medication for the entire prescribed amount of time, even if symptoms do not improve immediately. Not taking your medication regularly can increase the chance of developing an infection that cannot be treated with medication. Augmentin cannot treat the symptoms of a viral disease like the flu or a commonly occurring cold.Keep the tablet in the room at room temperature, far from heat and moisture.Keep the fluid inside the refrigerator. Discard any liquid that is not used in the course of 10 days.

What Happens If I Miss a Dose?

Do not take the medicine for as long as you can. However, do not take your missed dose if it's close to the time of the next dose. Don't take two doses at once.

What Happens If I Overdose?

Get medical attention in an emergency or contact the Poison Help line toll-free at 1-800-222-1222.

The effects of an overdose may include vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, a skin rash, hyperactivity, drowsiness, and a reduced frequency of urination.

What Should Be Avoided?

Be sure to avoid taking this medication when you eat or shortly after eating food that is high in fat. This makes it difficult for your body to absorb medicine.

The use of antibiotics can trigger diarrhea and could be an indication of a new infection. If you are experiencing diarrhea that is bloody or watery, consult your physician prior to taking anti-diarrhea medication.

Side Effects Of Augmentin

Contact a medical professional immediately in the event that you exhibit symptoms indicating that you are experiencing an allergic reaction due to Augmentin (hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of your throat or face) or a severe skin reaction (fever, sore throat, burnt eyes, irritation, and red or purple skin itching, blisters, and peeling).

Stop taking Augmentin or seek out medical assistance in the event of a serious drug reaction that affects various parts of your body. Symptoms may include an itch and fever, swelling of the glands, muscle pains, abnormal bruising, severe weakness, or yellowing of your eyes or skin.

Contact your doctor immediately. If you suffer from:

  • Extreme stomach discomfort; diarrhea that is bloody or watery (even when it happens several months after your most recent dose);

  • Yellowed or pale skin dark colored convulsion, fever, or weakness

  • Lack of appetite, stomach pains;

  • Very little or no urine;

  • Easy bleeding or bruising.

Common Augmentin adverse effects could include:

  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea,

  • Rash, itching;

  • Discharge, vaginal itching,

  • Diaper Rash.

This isn't a complete list of possible side effects, and other effects may also be experienced. Consult your physician to seek medical advice on the effects. You can report any side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Interaction With Other Drugs

Inform your doctor about all other medications, including:

  • Allopurinol;

  • Probenecid;

  • A blood thinner: warfarin, coumadin, and Jantoven.

This list isn't comprehensive. Other drugs can be incompatible with amoxicillin or potassium clavulanate. This includes prescription and over-the counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal remedies. Some interactions with drugs may not be listed here. are included here.

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