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Before your child starts treatment with Augmentin ES, precautions and warnings for the drug should be reviewed to help minimize the risk of complications. For example, Augmentin ES may not be the best choice for people with liver disease, kidney disease, or phenylketonuria. Warnings and precautions also apply to people with certain allergies and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
What Should I Tell My Child's Healthcare Provider?Prior to giving your child Augmentin ES® (amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium ES), talk to your child's healthcare provider if your child has:
- Liver disease, including liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- A penicillin allergy
- Any other allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Specific Precautions and Warnings With Augmentin ESSome warnings and precautions to be aware of with Augmentin ES include the following:
- Augmentin ES contains amoxicillin, an antibiotic that belongs to the penicillin group of antibiotics. You should not take Augmentin ES 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 Augmentin ES can be very dangerous.
- Let your healthcare provider know if your child experiences diarrhea that is severe or that lasts for more than two or three days. While diarrhea is a common side effect of Augmentin ES, severe or prolonged diarrhea may be a sign of a serious reaction to the antibiotic.
- Augmentin ES contains 7 mg of phenylalanine in each teaspoonful (each 5 mL). This is important for people with phenylketonuria, who must limit their intake of phenylalanine.
- Your healthcare provider may need to monitor your child more closely if he or she has liver or kidney disease, as these problems often affect the way your body handles medications. Also, Augmentin ES can make liver or kidney disease worse.
- Sometimes, antibiotics (including Augmentin ES) can cause yeast infections. Let your healthcare provider know if your child develops a vaginal yeast infection or thrush (a yeast infection of the mouth) while taking this medication.
- Augmentin ES should not be used to treat viruses, such as the common cold. This medicine is completely ineffective for treating viruses, and such use can lead to bacterial resistance to Augmentin ES.
- It is very important to take Augmentin ES exactly as prescribed. Skipping doses or stopping Augmentin ES too early (even if you feel better) can lead to bacterial resistance to this antibiotic.
- Augmentin ES can interact with other medications (see Augmentin ES Drug Interactions).
- Augmentin ES is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that it is probably safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known. It's important to note, however, that this product is only approved for use in children, and it is generally not prescribed for pregnant women. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using Augmentin ES during pregnancy (see Augmentin ES and Pregnancy for more information).
- Augmentin ES passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, make sure to talk with your healthcare provider prior to beginning treatment with this antibiotic (see Augmentin ES and Breastfeeding for more information). Again, it's important to keep in mind that this drug is not approved for use in adults.