Precautions Before taking Augmentin medicine

You should not use Augmentin if you are allergic to amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium, or if:

  • you have severe kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis);
  • you have had liver problems or jaundice while taking amoxicillin and clavulanate; or
  • you are allergic to any penicillin or cephalosporin antibiotic, such as Amoxil, Ceftin, Cefzil, Levaquin, Moxatag, Omnicef, and others.

To make sure Augmentin is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • liver disease (hepatitis or jaundice);
  • kidney disease; or
  • mononucleosis.

It is not known whether Augmentin will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

Amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium can make birth control pills less effective. Ask your doctor about using a non-hormonal birth control (condom, diaphragm with spermicide) to prevent pregnancy.

Amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium can pass into breast milk and may affect the nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

Do not give this medicine to a child without medical advice.

The liquid or chewable tablet may contain phenylalanine. Talk to your doctor before using these forms of this medicine if you have phenylketonuria (PKU).