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Amoxicillin or Co-amoxiclav/Amoxicillin-Clavulanate (High Dose Therapy)

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Antibiotic Amoxil, Augmentin, Augmentin ES Children

Amoxicillin or Co-amoxiclav/Amoxicillin-Clavulanate (High Dose Therapy) - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Amoxicillin or Co-amoxiclav/Amoxicillin-Clavulanate (High Dose Therapy) cause?

Some common side effects that you may experience include:

  • Nause and upset stomach
    • Take the medication with or after food
  • Diarrhoea
    • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated

Very rarely, this medication may cause severe watery and/or bloody diarrhea, fever and painful stomach cramps. This can happen one to two days after you start taking an antibiotic, up to several weeks after you finish taking the antibiotic. This is due to overgrowth of the bacterium, C. difficile, in the colon.

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these rare or drug allergy symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.

Before taking Amoxicillin or Co-amoxiclav/Amoxicillin-Clavulanate (High Dose Therapy), what precautions must I follow?

​Inform your healthcare professional if:

  • You are allergic to this medication or any of the other ingredients of this medication.
  • You are taking any other medications, including supplements, traditional medications and herbal remedies. 

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Amoxicillin or Co-amoxiclav/Amoxicillin-Clavulanate (High Dose Therapy)?

​Take probiotics at least 2 hours apart from antibiotics as the antibiotics may reduce the effectiveness of probiotics.

Amoxicillin or Co-amoxiclav/Amoxicillin-Clavulanate (High Dose Therapy) - Additional Information

 

  • Updated on Wednesday, March 31, 2021
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

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