How Does Augmentin Fight Bacterial Infections?

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Do you have a bug you just can’t beat? You might have a bacterial infection.

While your body is filled with bacteria – including good and necessary bacteria -infectious bacteria may cause illness. Worse still, these bacteria also reproduce quickly, making it hard to beat them on their own.

A visit to your doctor may produce a prescription for an antibiotic, maybe even augmentin.

How does augmentin help you kick your bacterial infection? Keep reading to find out.

What Is Augmentin?

Augmentin is the retail name of coamoxiclav, an antibiotic medication prescribed by doctors.

It’s made up of two primary active ingredients: amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium.

Augmentin is a type of amoxicillin, which is in the same drug group as penicillin.

It’s also made of clavulanate potassium, which is a type of clavulanic acid and similar to penicillin.

How Does Treat Bacterial Infections?

The combination of these two ingredients is effective because amoxicillin fights bacteria and bacterial infections. However, amoxicillin can’t reach all infections, so the clavulanate potassium works hard on bacteria that may resist the amoxicillin.

When the ingredients work together, they may either attack the bacteria directly by going after the cell wall or prevent the infection from growing or spreading by stopping the number of infectious bacteria from rising.

What Does Augmentin Treat?

Drugs like this one are most commonly used to treat bacterial infections like:

  • Bronchitis
  • Ear infections
  • Pneumonia
  • Sinusitis
  • Skin infections
  • Urinary tract infections

A doctor may also choose to prescribe them for other bacterial infections or even entirely different purposes. For example, some may also choose to use it to treat Lyme diseases

Side Effects

The most common side effects of this antibiotic include:

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  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

In most cases, your doctor will recommend taking each dose with food to offset side effects related to upset stomach.

Most people don’t experience any side effects while taking this medication, but side effects are still possible.

In rare cases, patients experience persistent nausea or vomiting as well as serious stomach pain, and new signs of infection. If you experience these symptoms while taking the medication, inform your doctor immediately.

Potential Interactions with Other Prescriptions

In some cases, certain prescriptions may react poorly to other prescriptions already in your regime causing an increased likelihood of side effects.

If you are taking other prescriptions, be sure to inform your doctor and pharmacists before beginning a round of augmentin.

The only prescription drug that commonly interacts with this drug is methotrexate.

However, some worry that as an antibiotic may affect a woman’s use of hormonal birth controls. In some cases, the drugs rifabutin or rifampin may impact the effectiveness of the prescription birth controls.

Augmentin is not known to impact a woman’s use of hormonal birth control.

Save Money on Antibiotics

The price quoted by your local pharmacy isn’t the firm price of your prescription. Shopping around for prescriptions is a great way to save a significant amount of money on prescription drugs you need.

Have you been prescribed augmentin? Click here to use eDrugSearch’s price comparison tool and find the drugs you need at a price that doesn’t break the bank.

About Cary Byrd

eDrugSearch founder, Cary Byrd, has been called an “e-health innovator” by MarketIntellNow, interviewed by top pharmaceutical industry journalists, invited to Matthew Holt’s Health 2.0 Conference and a Consumer Report's health summit, and highlighted on numerous health blogs.


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