Augmentin® (amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium) is a prescription drug commonly used for treating bacterial infections. In order to help ensure safe treatment with Augmentin, risks associated with the antibiotic should be reviewed with your healthcare provider beforehand.
Skipping doses or stopping the medication too early can lead to bacterial resistance. You can help minimize this risk with Augmentin by finishing your entire course of the medicine, even if you start to feel better.
As with any medication, side effects are possible with Augmentin. Some of the most common problems that were reported during clinical studies included vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea or loose stools. In most cases, side effects of the drug are mild and either do not require medical attention or can be treated easily.
So people are more prone to Augmentin risks than others. For example, you should not take this medication if you:
- Are allergic to Augmentin, amoxicillin, clavulanate potassium, or any inactive components used to make the antibiotic.
- Are allergic to penicillin.
- Have had liver problems due to Augmentin in the past.
(Click Augmentin Side Effects and Augmentin Warnings and Precautions to learn about other potential risks, potentially serious side effects of the drug that require medical attention, and what you should discuss with your healthcare provider before starting treatment.)