Augmentin is an antibiotic medication that is available by prescription. It can be used to treat a number of different bacterial infections. The drug, which comes in tablets, chewable tablets, and a liquid form, is generally taken every 8 or 12 hours depending on the particular product and dosage. Augmentin has the composition of two individual medications i.e. amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium which are prescribed antibiotic medication which is used to treat a variety of infections. Augmentin is made by GlaxoSmithKline. Generic Augmentin is made by several different manufacturers.

How to Use Augmentin Tablets

  • Augmentin comes in tablets, chewable tablets, and a suspension (liquid) form. It is taken every 8 or 12 hours, depending on the particular product and dosage.
  • It’s a good idea to take it with a meal or a snack, as this helps prevent stomach upset.
  • Augmentin suspension should be shaken thoroughly before each dose, as the medication tends to settle to the bottom of the bottle. Also, the suspension should be stored in the refrigerator and discarded after 10 days of being mixed. You may have extra suspension left over after finishing the prescribed course of Augmentin; this should be discarded immediately.
  • It is very important that you finish your course of Augmentin, even if you start to feel better. Stopping it too soon could lead to the development of medication-resistant bacteria.

Cautions before Use Augmentin Tablets

  • Augmentin contains an antibiotic that belongs to the penicillin group of antibiotics. You should not take Augmentin if you are allergic to penicillin.
  • Augmentin should not be used to treat viruses, such as the common cold. It is completely ineffective for treating viruses, and such use can lead to bacterial resistance to Augmentin.
  • If you have liver or kidney disease, the patient should not take Augmentin as it may worsen liver or kidney disease.
  • Augmentin can cause yeast infections. It has been found in studies that patients may develop a vaginal yeast infection or thrush while taking the drug.

Augmentin Tablets Side Effects

The side effects which may occur due to the usage of Augmentin are as follows:

  • Diarrhea or loose stools
  • Nausea 
  • Vomiting
  • Yellow eyes or skin (jaundice)
  • Upper-right abdominal pain
  • Dark urine
  • Allergic Rashes

Augmentin Tablets Reactions and Overdose

If birth control pills, methotrexate, or an oral typhoid vaccine is taken in conjunction with Augmentin, drug interactions could develop. These negative interactions may increase your risk of side effects, reduce the effectiveness of the medications, or lead to high drug levels in your system. To help prevent Augmentin drug interactions, talk to your healthcare provider before taking any other medicines.

In reported cases of people who took too much Augmentin has felt overdose complications. The overdose symptoms of Augmentin included nausea, abdominal pain, rash, and drowsiness. Treatment for an overdose will vary, depending on how much of the drug was taken and if it was combined with other substances. However, treatment for an Augmentin overdose may include certain medications, or medical supportive care.


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