Augmentin and Alcohol speaks to Augmentin alcohol interaction, what is Augmentin and Augmentin side effects.
Augmentin generic names amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium is used for treating many different bacterial infections as sinusitis, pneumonia, ear, bronchitis, urinary tract and skin infections. The drug contains amoxicillin which is an antibiotic belonging to the penicillin family and clavulanate potassium which is a form of clavulanic acid which overcomes bacteria that secrete beta-lactamase. It helps to counteract bacterial resistance to amoxicillin.
Do not drink alcohol while using this drug as it will greatly decrease the effect.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
It is suggested that before taking this or any other drug you have a frank and honest discussion with your physician as to your drinking habits. This may be difficult as many alcoholics are in a state of denial as to their drinking habits.
I have also noticed that many alcoholics are not subject to the morning after illness that most of us suffer through when we drink too much. Severe alcoholics usually find if they feel “shakey” in the morning, a drink will make them feel more normal.
Do not used this drug if you are allergic to it, had liver problems caused by it, or are allergic to any other penicillin antibiotic.
Do not become pregnant while taking Augmentin.
Before starting this drug ensure that you inform your physician liver disease such as hepatitis or jaundice, kidney disease, mononucleosis or have allergies to Omnicef, Cefzil, Ceftin or Keflex.
Less serious side effects of Augmentin and alcohol are mild, diarrhea, gas, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, headache, skin rash or itching, white patches in your mouth or throat or vaginal yeast infection. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects of Augmentin and alcohol are diarrhea that is watery or bloody, pale or yellow skin, dark coloured urine, fever, confusion, weakness, easy bruising or bleeding, skin rash, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness, agitation, confusion, unusual thoughts or behavior, seizure, nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay colored stools, jaundice, fever, sore throat, headache, blistering, peeling or red skin rash. If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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