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Augmentin and alcohol have similar side effects, and taking both together may worsen the side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and headache.

Other side effects of Augmentin include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dehydration
  • Flushed skin
  • Chest pain due to difficulty in breathing
  • Increased Heart rate

Meanwhile, taking Augmentin before meals reduces the likelihood of abdominal discomfort, and drinking plenty of water, juice or other fluids during the course of therapy would also help to prevent dehydration.


Reports of oral contraceptive failure seem to be most numerous in women using preparations containing 30 μg of ethinylestradiol and 150 μg of levonorgestrel (27). buy augmentin 875 mg Oral contraceptive drug interactions are thought by some to be more significant in women taking low dose preparations, although much controversy exists (28). Thus, one potential solution may be to increase the amount of ethinylestradiol in the preparation. However, because the majority of women will not be on antibiotics for the long term and increasing the estrogen content of the pill carries an increased risk of thromboembolic disorders, this solution seems somewhat impractical and potentially harmful. Because antibiotics are generally prescribed on a short term basis, another approach to deal with this interaction is to discuss the use of alternative methods of contraception with women who are prescribed antibiotics and are concurrently taking oral contraceptives.

A practical approach suggested by Miller et al (29) is to divide the antibiotics into three groups ( Table 2 ).

Who needs antibiotics before dental work?

Most patients don't require antibiotics before dental work. Immune systems are more than capable of handling these bacteria, but there are some people who may need antibiotics after oral surgery. This may include those have had or have:

  • Heart conditions, including congenital heart defects and disease
  • An artificial heart valve
  • A heart transplant
  • Knee or hip replacement surgery
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Infective endocarditis

Always make sure to share your full medical history with your doctor before surgery or dental work, even if you think it's not relevant, so they know if they need to prescribe antibiotics before or after dental work.