Augmentin XR Warnings and Precautions
Do not take Augmentin XR if you are allergic to penicillin or any components of the drug. Also, tell your healthcare provider if you have kidney or liver disease before using this antibiotic, as it could cause problems in people with these conditions. Being aware of the warnings and precautions for Augmentin will help ensure a safe, effective treatment process.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk to your healthcare provider prior to taking Augmentin XR® (amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium XR) if you have:
- Liver disease, including liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- A penicillin allergy
- Any other allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all the medications you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Precautions and Warnings With Augmentin XRSome warnings and precautions to be aware of with Augmentin XR include the following:
- Augmentin XR contains amoxicillin, an antibiotic that belongs to the penicillin group of antibiotics. You should not take Augmentin XR if you are allergic to penicillin. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any signs of an allergic reaction, such as a rash, itching, hives, wheezing, swelling of the mouth or lips, or difficulty breathing. An allergic reaction to this drug can be dangerous.
- Let your healthcare provider know if you experience diarrhea that is severe or that lasts for more than two or three days. While diarrhea is a common side effect of Augmentin XR, severe or prolonged diarrhea may be a sign of a serious reaction to the medication.
- Your healthcare provider may need to monitor you more closely if you have liver or kidney disease, since these problems often affect the way your body handles medications. Also, Augmentin XR may make liver or kidney disease worse.
- Sometimes, antibiotics can cause yeast infections. Let your healthcare provider know if you develop a vaginal yeast infection or thrush (a yeast infection of the mouth) while taking Augmentin XR.
- This medication should not be used to treat viruses, such as the common cold. Augmentin XR is completely ineffective for treating viruses, and such use can lead to bacterial resistance to the drug.
- It is very important that you take Augmentin XR exactly as prescribed. Skipping doses or stopping treatment too early (even if you feel better) can lead to bacterial resistance to the antibiotic.
- Augmentin XR can interact with other medications (see Augmentin XR Drug Interactions).
- This product is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that Augmentin XR is probably safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using this medicine when pregnant (see Augmentin XR and Pregnancy for more information).
- Augmentin XR passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about using Augmentin XR (see Augmentin XR and Breastfeeding for more information).