Augmentin is indicated to treat bacterial infections of lower respiratory tract, otitis media, sinusitis skin infections and urinary tract infections.
Augmentin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic which destroy bacteria. It is active against many aerobic (those developing in presence of oxygen) and anaerobic (those developing in absence of oxygen) gram positive and aerobic gram negative microorganisms including strains which produce beta-lactamase (the enzyme which destroys penicillin). Clavulanate potassium comprised in the content of this medication provides resistance of Augmentin to activity of bacterial beta-lactamases. This medication is used to treat pneumonia and other infectious diseases of respiratory, gastrointestinal systems, urogenital systems, infections which appear after surgery and others.
Do not use if you are allergic to any other penicillin antibiotic, have liver or kidney failure or mononucleosis. Do not use the medicine if you have allergy to its components or another penicillin antibiotics,you have infectious mononucleosis, a history of liver problems or yellowing of the eyes or skin caused by Augmentin.
Possible side effect: Dyspepsia, abdominal discomfort, bloating, gas nausea, vomiting, liver function disorders, hepatitis, jaundice caused by stagnation of bile, vaginal itching and also symptoms of allergy (hives, rash, swelling). Cautiousness should be exercised in patients with liver failure. The medication is not recommended for pregnant (especially third trimester) and breastfeeding women.
Treatment with Augmentin and other antibiotics can change the normal bacteria flora of the colon and permit overgrowth of C. difficile, a bacteria which causes pseudomembranous colitis. Probenecid which is used to treat gout may slow excretion of Augmentin by kidneys and result in increase of its toxicity.
If you missed a dose take it as soon as you remember, but not if it is almost time of the next intake by your schedule. If so skip the missed dose. Do not try to compensate a missed dose by taking an extra one.
If you suppose that took too much of Augmentin and experience such symptoms as nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, skin rash, drowsiness, and hyperactivity, seek for immediate medical help.