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In the market for over 20 years, Augmentin is a drug mixed with amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium that is used for a broad range of illnesses. The amoxicillin in the drug targets bacteria in the body while the clavulanate potassium targets bacteria the amoxicillin can’t address. Over the past 2 decades, Augmentin’s use has become more streamlined and it is now primarily used to treat respiratory tract infections and secondarily to treat other bacterial infections such as ear infections and urinary tract infections.
When you buy Augmentin either at a pharmacy or through a healthcare professional, it should be taken as prescribed by your doctor. It is important to take exactly the amount recommended at the appropriate times. Refrain from taking more or less of the dosage specified on the label.
Augmentin drugs usually come in liquids or tablets that are either swallowed or chewable. With medication such as this, remember to take the drugs at the same time every day. With the regular Augmentin pills, swallow the tablet whole. Do not break them apart. The chewable ones should be fully chewed before swallowing. Do not swallow a chewable tablet as it will not release the same benefits of the drug as when it’s chewed. Finishing the full cycle of medication is imperative for getting rid of the bacteria. If you are given the cheap option of liquid Augmentin, remember to throw out any unused liquid after 10 days.
As with most drugs that are readily available at a pharmacy, Augmentin should be stored at room temperature away from direct contact with heat and moisture. Augmentin in the cheap liquid form should be kept refrigerated for the full 10-days during which it is viable.
Reasons to stay away from Augmentin
The obvious reasons to stay away from Augmentin are if you are allergic to either amoxicilin or clavulanate potassium. Individuals who have faced liver issues with prior use of this drug should inform their doctors before getting prescribed or purchasing the drug from a pharmacy. Despite online information that is available on credible government websites, it is important to talk to your doctor about the issues and side effects you face when taking this drug instead of simply vetoing it completely.
When your doctor recommends that you take Augmentin, even if it’s only of pharmacy grade, be sure to inform them if you have any of these existing conditions or have had them in the past: liver disease, jaundice, hepatitis, kidney disease or mononucleosis.
Though Augmentin has been fully tested by the FDA and has been determined as a safe drug to use during pregnancy, it is still important to let the physician know if you expecting. On the flip side, online research indicates that while safe during pregnancy, it is unsafe for a nursing mother to take the drug as it can pass through into breast milk and can cause harm to the infant.
Conclusively, Augmentin is a relatively safe drug that can be purchased at
lower potencies at a pharmacy. Higher grade Augmentin pills that are prescribed
by a doctor may sometimes have side effects – the most common of which is
diarrhoea. If this flares up, stop taking the pill immediately and check with
your doctor. As it is with any medication that you buy, make sure to be aware of
how your body responds and reacts. This will help to ensure that the process of
taking the drug is kept as safe as possible.