IMPORTANT NOTE: The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Augmentin XR
USES: This medication is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication usually every 12 hours at the start of a meal, or as directed by your doctor. Swallow the tablets whole. Do not chew or crush the tablets. Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. Therefore take this drug at evenly spaced intervals. Continue to take this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow, which may result in a relapse of the infection. Inform your doctor if your condition does not improve in a few days.
SIDE EFFECTS: Upset stomach, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting may occur during the first few days as your body adjusts to the medication. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: easy bruising or bleeding, groin or calf pain, sudden severe headache, chest pain, trouble breathing, unusual decrease in the amount of urine, dark urine, stomach pain, yellowing eyes or skin. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
PRECAUTIONS: This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: a history of an allergic reaction to any penicillin, a history of liver problems (e.g., cholestatic jaundice) associated with prior use of amoxicillin/clavulanic acid, severe kidney disease/hemodialysis requirements. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: blood disorders (e.g., clotting or bleeding problems), liver disease, other infections (e.g., mononucleosis), any allergies (especially to other antibiotics). Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in oral thrush, or a new yeast infection (e.g., oral or vaginal fungal infection). Contact your doctor if you notice white patches in your mouth, a change in vaginal discharge or other new symptoms. Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. This medication passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: This drug should not be used with the following medications because very serious interactions may occur: probenecid, live vaccines. If you are currently using any of these medications, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting amoxicillin/clavulanic acid. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription products you may use, especially of: allopurinol, "blood thinners" (e.g., warfarin), methotrexate, tetracyclines. This medication may decrease the effectiveness of combination-type birth control pills. You may need to use an additional form of reliable birth control while using this medication. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for details. This antibiotic may cause false positive results in diabetic urine testing using Clinitest. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include: severe stomach pain, severe vomiting, or persistent diarrhea.
NOTES: Do not share this medication with others. This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it later for another infection. A different medication may be necessary in those cases.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
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