Augmentin Side Effects

Diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting are the most commonly reported side effects of Augmentin. In most cases, side effects are mild and either don't require treatment or can be easily treated. There are, however, a number of less common but potentially serious side effects that should be reported to a healthcare provider, such as yeast infections, severe diarrhea, or allergic reactions.

Augmentin Side Effects: An Introduction

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Augmentin® (amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium); however, not everyone who takes the drug will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with this medication. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Augmentin side effects with you.)

Common Side Effects of Augmentin

Augmentin has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials, in which it was compared to its two components (amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium) used individually. Because these studies did not compare Augmentin to a placebo (a solution with no active ingredient), it is difficult to tell whether side effects were actually caused by the medications, the medical condition, or other problems.
In these studies, the most common side effects of Augmentin included:
  • Diarrhea or loose stools -- in up to 9 percent of people
  • Nausea -- up to 3 percent
  • Vomiting -- up to 1 percent.
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