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Augmentin Medication- Uses & Side Effects

Augmentin is an antibiotic in a group of drugs known as penicillins. Augmentin fights bacteria in the body.

Augmentin Dosage

  • For adults, the usual starting dose is one 500-milligram tablet every 12 hours or one 250-milligram tablet every 8 hours.
  • For more severe infections and infections of the respiratory tract, the dose should be one 875-milligram tablet every 12 hours or one 500-milligram tablet every 8 hours.

Uses of Augmentin

  • Amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium is used to treat many different infections that may be caused by bacteria, such as sinusitis, pneumonia, ear infections, bronchitis, urinary tract infections, and infections of the skin.
  • It may also be used to treats other medical conditions those are listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Augmentin

Before taken Augmentin medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Augmentin. Side effects may include:

  • Diarrhea/loose stools
  • Nausea
  • Skin rashes and hives

Warnings and precautions before taking Augmentin:

  • If you develop diarrhea while you are taking Augmentin, then you should inform your doctor. Because it could be a sign of a potentially dangerous form of bowel inflammation.
  • Before taking amoxicillin/clavulanic acid, you should tell your doctor if you are allergic to it; or to penicillin or cephalosporin antibiotics; or if you have any other allergies.
  • Before using this medicine, you should consult with your doctor or pharmacist if you have a history of liver problems that are associated with prior use of amoxicillin/clavulanic acid.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Augmentin with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Augmentin with other drugs. Augmentin may react with the antigout medication Benemid, resulting in changes in blood levels. A reaction with another antigout drug, Zyloprim, may cause a rash. You should notify your doctor if you are taking either of these drugs.


After taken Augmentin if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Augmentin overdose include

  • Diarrhea
  • Kidney problems
  • Overactivity
  • Rash
  • Stomach and abdominal pain
  • Vomiting

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