What is Augmentin?

Augmentin is a combination antibiotic that contains Amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium. The Amoxicillin, originally penicillin, works against bacterial infection while the clavulanate potassium works against bacterial immunity against penicillin.

Augmentin Uses:

Like all other antibiotics, Augmentin is also not effective against viral infections such as common cold and flu. It works only against bacterial infections such as upper respiratory tract infections including bronchitis and pneumonia. Other than these two, it is also effective against UTIs and some skin infections.

It is a prescription medicine that comes under the category of ‘broad-spectrum antibiotics’ and is effective against several bacterial infections.

Augmentin Dosage:

The dosage depends on the potency of the prescribed medicine. The patient can take it either after every eight or 12 hours. The main component of the drug that is penicillin does not have any relevance with the food intake for its absorption. It means that penicillin alone gets absorbed in the bloodstream no matter the patient takes it with or without food. However, the Clavulanic potassium works more effectively if taken after meals.

To avoid diarrhea after taking a dose of Augmentin, the patient must take a light meal.

For children who get prescribed with the suspension of Augmentin, it is crucial to make sure the medicine is administered through a dropper or a measuring spoon. A parent should be careful not to administer the medication with a regular spoon.

The suspension should be made according to the instructions of the doctor and refrigerating it is a must. Any leftover antibiotic should be discarded immediately to avoid misuse.

Remember that antibiotics such as Augmentin are only effective against bacterial infections. When your doctor prescribes it, it is crucial to take care of the number of days you are prescribed for the medicine.

Abruptly discontinuing Augmentin can cause resistance in the bacteria against the medicine in future infections. Not only for Augmentin, but it can also cause other antibiotic medicines to lose their effectiveness in the body.

Side Effects:

Augmentin is a generally well-accepted medicine with most people not facing any side effects while using it. However, high dosages may lead to side effects such as diarrhea or loose stool.

In some cases, skin rashes may develop while on Augmentin therapy.

Uncommon side effects include abdominal discomfort or headaches.

Warnings:

Augmentin, if overdosed can cause severe symptoms such as stomach pain and vomiting. Other than that it can cause a skin rash, hyperactivity or drowsiness in some patients.

In case of a recent over dosage, forced vomiting (emesis) may be induced to remove the stomach contents.

Augmentin should not be prescribed to the patients who are allergic to penicillin.

A medical practitioner should be careful enough to know the renal and hepatic history of the patient before prescribing Augmentin.

It can cause severe allergic reactions in patients with hepatic impairment.

Augmentin excretes in the breast milk so, it is not recommended for breastfeeding mothers.

The medical practitioner must take a thorough history of the patient before prescribing Augmentin since it can show allergic reactions in patients with penicillin hypersensitivity.

What is Valium? 

Valium is a sleeping pill that is also used to reduce the mental pressure and stress and it is available under the name, i.e., diazepam. Valium is a benzodiazepine drug, which is used to treat anxiety, stress and different kinds of seizures. This medicine helps in calming the nerves of the brain and relaxes us.

How can Valium be used?

Valium is a kind of medicine that cannot be bought without a prescription and there always has to be a prescription to buy it.

When you get the prescription from your doctor, You can take this medicine orally.

Valium is available in two forms that are solid and liquid. If you are consuming it in the liquid form, make sure you are using a cup to measure the prescribed dose correctly and do not overdose.

The dosage of the medicine however usually depends on your medical condition, age, along with the response rate to treatment and it can also be prescribed by the clinical experience of the doctor.

However, increasing the dose is not recommended anyway. One should never use this medicine without the prescription of your doctor.

Precautionary Measures to take

When you are on the prescribed dosage of valium, it is highly advisable to not use Grapefruit as it can have a lot of side effects when used along with Valium.

If you have been using the medicine for a long time or over dosage in some time, it may cause withdrawal if you suddenly stop using it. So, whether you start using valium or want to stop using it, it should all rest upon the prescription of your doctor and no one else.

One should also never use valium along with alcohol because it can simply prove to be a fatal mistake on your part. So, no matter what whether you are going to start taking this medicine or want to stop taking it, do it according to the prescription of your doctor because anything that is done without the prescription of your doctor might prove out to be your final mistake.

If you have breathing problems then it is also advised not to take this medicine.

Effects of Withdrawal

1. Shaking of body

2. Cramps in the abdominal region of of body

3. Muscle cramps in body

4. Vomiting

5. Sweating profusely

6. Anxiety

7. Restlessness

8. Seizures

One more thing must always be kept in mind while using these medicines is that such medicines should never be taken for recreational purposes.

These medicines are properly made for clinical reasons and should always be used after the prescription from the doctor.