Skin rashes, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea are Augmentin side effects that are most frequently reported. These are typically minor and go away by themselves.
Stop taking Augmentin and contact your doctor right away if you experience any of the following severe side effects, or seek emergency medical attention.
- A severe allergic reaction (rash, hives, breathing problems, facial, lip, or tongue swelling)
- Prolonged diarrhea
- Spiked stools
- Chills or a fever
- The skin or eyes turning yellow
- Not urinating as frequently or at all
- Additional, less common side effects of augmentin may occur. If you experience any unusual or bothersome side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Amoxicillin and potassium clavulanate are two antibiotics that are combined to make augmentin. Infections with bacteria in the lungs, skin, sinuses, and skin are treated with it.
Tablet, oral suspension, and injectable versions of augmentin are all readily available. One tablet or 10 mL of oral suspension every 12 hours is the typical adult dosage. The injectable form is administered as an infusion over a 30- to 60-minute period. To reduce the chance of stomach upset, augmentin should be taken with food.
Take your missed Augmentin dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose and carry on with your regular dosing schedule if it is almost time for your next dose. Never take two Augmentin doses at the same time.
How does Augmentin work?
Infection-causing bacteria are either killed off or their growth is inhibited by augmentin. While the clavulanate potassium component of Augmentin inhibits beta-lactamase enzymes that can destroy amoxicillin, the amoxicillin component of Augmentin works by preventing bacteria from synthesizing new cell walls. Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and Escherichia coli are just a few of the bacteria that augmentin is effective against.
Augmentin is typically taken for 10 days when treating skin or sinus infections. Usually taken for seven to ten days, Augmentin is used to treat lung infections. In order to treat tenacious or recurrent infections, augmentin may be used for longer periods of time.
Who should not take Augmentin?
People who are allergic to amoxicillin, clavulanate potassium, or any other component of augmentin shouldn't take it. People with kidney or liver disease, as well as those who have a history of digestive issues, should use augmentin with caution as well. People with certain medical conditions, such as mononucleosis or cancer, may not be able to use augmentin. Only if the potential benefit outweighs the potential risk to the fetus should augmentin be used during pregnancy. Nursing mothers shouldn't take Augmentin.