Augmentin consists of two medications -Amoxicillin and clavulanic acid. This combination medication belongs to penicillin-type antibiotics and is indicated for the treatment of various infections provoked by bacteria.
This medication can effectively treat only bacterial infections and cannot treat viral infections. Use Augmentin only if it is recommended by the medical professional as unnecessary or improper use of any antibiotic medications can result in decreased effectiveness of the medicines.
Augmentin is used by mouth with a meal. Your dose will depend on your personal needs and your response to the treatment, and should be specifies by the medical professional.
Antibiotic medications are more effective when the amount of a medicine is maintained at a constant level. For this reason your medical provider will recommend that you take Augmentin on a regular basis at evenly spaced intervals.
Augmentin should be used until the full prescribed course of treatment is finished, even in case your symptoms disappear earlier. Otherwise, the bacteria might continue to grow and eventually may become resistant to the antibiotics. If your symptoms persist or worsen during the use of this medication, let your medical provider know about that.
Augmentin might provoke such side effects as diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting. If these effects become severe, tell the doctor or pharmacist about this.
The following side reactions require medical attention without a delay: persistent nausea or vomiting, dark urine, severe stomach pain, easy bruising and bleeding, yellowing eyes or skin, signs of a new infection, extreme tiredness.
Overuse of Augmentin may result in developing of oral thrush or a new yeast infection. If you have white patches in mouth or vaginal discharge, tell your medical provider about that.
A serious allergic reaction to Augmentin not frequently occurs. Nevertheless, medical attention is needed if you have rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, or difficult breathing.
Before using Augmentin, tell your healthcare giver if you are allergic to amoxicillin, clavulanic acid, cephalosporin or penicillin antibiotic medications.
You need also to discuss your medical history with the medical professional, especially if you have: liver disease, kidney disease, or a viral infection called infectious mononucleosis.
Augmentin can decrease the effectiveness of live bacterial vaccines, so any immunizations or vaccinations should be avoided while using this drug.
In pregnant women his medication can be used only if clearly needed. As this medication is secreted into breast milk, ask your doctor if you can safely use this drug.