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post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
I've been in agony for the past week with some girly trouble and finally got in to the doctor today, was given Augmentin, took it about 1:00... I expected the feel a little nauseous, and I do... but I also feel short of breath, and my blood glucose has dropped like a rock, down to 76 -- I only checked it because I feel so shaky and weak and panicky, as I do when it's low, but it shouldn't BE low, based on what I've eaten today...

I did speak to the pharmacist and he said I was having an allergic reaction and should go to the ER in case my throat is about to close up, but the breathing trouble doesn't seem to have to do with blockage, just the panic feeling and shakiness... and I can't afford to go unless I really really have to, so... is anyone familiar with this kind of reaction? Advice would be appreciated...

I did eat some cheese and bread to try to bring my sugar back up... waiting for that to kick in...
post #2 of 26
I've taken augmentin many times, but have never had any allergic reactions. Maybe someone will be able to come along and know a little more about it. If it gets really bad, please go to the ER! I hope you feel better soon!
post #3 of 26
Thread Starter 
Thank you -- yes, I took it once, too, 18 years ago during my now-infamous bout with pneumonia... and now I know why it only made me worse! My lips and eyes are puffing up... I wouldn't have noticed, except that I don't look like myself. But my hands are shaking less now.
post #4 of 26
If you start to have ANY signs of breathing difficutly, call 911..Severe allergic reactions are nothing to play with...drink plenty of fluids to try to "flush" as much of the medication out of your system as possible..your reaction this time may not be as bad as if you were to take it again(which I would never recomend doing..ever...). I hope you start to feel better soon, and keep a close eye on your glucose..eat more protiens and carbs for now...

You may want to call your Dr. and ask if taking a Benedryl may help.
post #5 of 26
Thread Starter 
Thank you, Monica... no, I don't plan to take this stuff again! But drat, here I sit with $60 worth of medicine I can't use. Fluids, tha't's a good idea! I'll go get some water.
post #6 of 26
Is there anyone at home with you?
If not... can you get someone to come over? Just in case things worsen very rapidly, it might be safer to have someone around.

hope you feel better soon.
post #7 of 26
Thread Starter 
Yes, my folks are here, and Mom could drive m if she had to, at least until it gets dark. But I think I may live... my glucose is up six points and I'm not shaking so much.

Amazing how nice it is to have you guys to talk to! Thanks for being here.
post #8 of 26
Oh my!! to you!!! I would be getting to the hospital, if it were me.

I have never had any allergic reactions to any meds so I dont have much advice, my sister did have one once and it sent her to the ER!

to you!! Let us know what happens please.
post #9 of 26
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much... this is the first time I've KNOWN that I was having an allergic response to something, so I'm really taken aback. I'm breathing better now, though, and I think I'll go lie down a bit. Thank you all so much for your help!
post #10 of 26
If you start to notice red dots all over the place you need to go now! My mom has severe allergic reactions to penicillin or anything in that family. It is not something to play around with.
See if you can take the meds back to get a refund since you are allergic. It's worth a try anyway.
post #11 of 26
Oh my! I hope you are feeling better! I'm allergic to Minocin, but it didn't give me that kind of reaction so I can't offer any advice. (I got hives and stuff.)
post #12 of 26
I'm just reading this now. I hope you're feeling better! Any swelling in the face/neck area, especially lips, is really a go to the ER sort of thing, but that's easy for me to say, sitting here in Canada with OHIP. If you're feeling better, just keep a close eye, I guess, for ANY increase in swelling or breathing difficulty. Did you take any benedryl? After this, they may give you an epi pen, which I would feel better if you had right now. A shot of epi gives you enough time to get to the ER if your throat does start to close, which can happen fast.

Let us now how everything is going, okay?

(ps ha ha infamous lol)
post #13 of 26
I know for me the side effect of augmentin was either diarhea or a rash, I forget which, but am not sure of the symptoms you are having. Is it possible you were bit by a bug, or ate something that might be doing this?
post #14 of 26
Carol - don't mess with this. I'm allergic to penicillin and have had the reactions to it. Keep posting so that we know you are OK.

I found this web site that talks about Augmentin:

http://www.drugs.com/augmentin.html

From the site:

What are the possible side effects of Augmentin?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have diarrhea that is severe or lasts longer than 3 days, or if you have nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Keep taking the medication and talk with your doctor if you have any of these less serious side effects:

* mild diarrhea, gas, stomach pain;
* nausea or vomiting;
* headache;
* skin rash or itching;
* white patches in your mouth or throat; or
* vaginal yeast infection (itching or discharge).
post #15 of 26
Thread Starter 
I'm alive! Bless you all for your help and concern, it means the world to me. I'm much less shaky and nervous now, and breathing is okay... but some other side effects have appeared, including some pretty bad facial swelling, chills and fever (chills! I'm never cold!), and the abrupt gastric distress described on that site. in 1989, I swear, it must have been a race to see which would kill me first, the pneumonia or the Augmentin they gave me for it!

Listen... I will not soon forget the kindness of those who posted here, especially those with reason not to be too fond of me lately. You're all very special.
post #16 of 26
I would seriously still think about taking a Benadryl, if I were you and you can take it! You need to get that swelling down before you go to sleep. I'm not trying to tell you what to do, but I am really concerned about you and this bad reaction! I'm glad you are breathing better, though. I am just worried that the swelling may move to your throat, if it is not going away, but still getting worse...

I have take Augmentin many times, and never had any side effects except the runs . I did have this reaction to Gentamyacin one time, but thankfully I was already in the hospital. I had to go off the -myacin drugs for several years and I still have to be really careful with them now.
post #17 of 26
Okay, you're not going to like this, but if your facial swelling is getting worse instead of better, you need to go to an ER.

Good news? Say the words "anaphalactic reaction" and you'll likely be ushered to the back at light speed. You're looking at a lovely shot of antihistamines, a few hours of monitoring and a swift kick out the door (I've been through this with my boyfriend a year or so back...but we don't know what caused his reaction). Possibility of some steriods.

Facial swelling is really a red flag symptom when it comes to allergies. The treatment at the hospital is not a big deal, but getting there if your throat suddenly starts closing is. If you had an epi pen to buy time with, you could wait it out, but you don't...right??? I'm not trying to scare you, but allergic reactions are very unpredictable. I say go (before you have to drive in a less than perfect state lol jk).

Seriously, though, I'd go get the shot because it'll resolve your symptoms the most quickly and the risk is pretty big to just ignore, since if it gets worse time is a factor (as in, you won't have enough).

Hope all goes well for you.
Leli
post #18 of 26
Good grief, just saw this thread. Hope all is better now!
post #19 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
but some other side effects have appeared, including some pretty bad facial swelling, chills and fever (chills!
Listen girl: You make sure that someone is watching you throughout the entire night. When I had my allergic reaction to penicillin, it took a few days for the full allergic reaction to develop. If your face is swelling already and you took it at earlier today, you could still be in the build up stage of the reaction. If your face is swelling, your throat could swell and you will stop breathing.

Either you stay up and keep the phone by your side, or have your mom check on you all night. If you get any signs of breathing issues, call 911. Don't drive to a hospital, call in the emergency.

Now, take a deep breath and don't get hyperventilating about this post. Please take this very seriously!!

(Mom says)
post #20 of 26
Carol, I am very concerned with the reaction you are having. You are having a serious reaction. If you won't listen to us, call your doctor.

Please.
post #21 of 26
Oh honey Glad to hear you're feeling better now. I had a terrible reaction to Augmentin...full body rash, itchy mouth/face. It never thankfully caused breathing problems, but I now avoid anything in the same family.

The treatment was rest, lots of water, benadryl and a different antibiotic.
post #22 of 26
I hope your feeling better today? You still need some of these even if you are

I`ve only taken it once but it gave me terrible diarrheoa Couldn`t leave the house but carried on taking it because it says on the bottle to complete the course then was told off by the doctor for still taking it and it didn`t work anyway!

Have a nice relaxing day today
post #23 of 26
Carol - are you OK?
post #24 of 26
Thread Starter 
I love you guys! I'm sorry, if I'd known you were still concerned, I would have come and checked in sooner.

I know that you were right in telling me to go to the ER. If our roles had been reversed, I would have been smacking y'all upside the head, too. I could have at least gone and sat in the lobby so I'd be there if something did happen, and I'm sorry I was too stupid to do so.

By about 2:00 in the morning, I felt like my breathing was pretty much normal, and at that point, I went ahead and ate a piece of toast and took some Percogesic for the pain and to help me sleep. In retrospect, that probably wasn't very smart of me... if the breathing trouble had recurred while I was sleeping so hard, that could have been bad.

The conclusion I've reached is that, when I'm sick, I haven't got good sense and ought to just do what people tell me!

So... now all I have is some lingering digestive issues and, of course, the original dratted problem. I went to the doctor's office around 10:30 and explained what had happened -- they started to prescribe Cipro, but then gave me some Avelox instead. So far, just some drymouth from that, so maybe this one will work for me.

And to my amazement, the pharmacy says they'll actually give me a refund on the Augmentin! It's certainly not their fault I had a reaction to it... but they're just awfully nice people (it's Target -- their pharmacy is wonderful).

Anyway... I can't thank you all enough for your concern and your vibes and your advice, even if I was too dumb to take it.
post #25 of 26
What should I avoid while taking amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium?
Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or has blood in it, call your doctor. Do not use any medicine to stop the diarrhea unless your doctor has told you to.


Amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have diarrhea that is severe or lasts longer than 3 days, or if you have nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Keep taking the medication and talk with your doctor if you have any of these less serious side effects:

mild diarrhea, gas, stomach pain;

nausea or vomiting;

headache;

skin rash or itching;

white patches in your mouth or throat; or

vaginal yeast infection (itching or discharge).

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.


What other drugs will affect amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium?
Before taking amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:

allopurinol (Zyloprim);

probenecid (Benemid); or

another antibiotic (for the same or for a different infection).

If you are using any of these drugs, you may not be able to use amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium, or you may need dosage adjustments or special tests during treatment.

Amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium can make birth control pills less effective. Use a second non-hormone method of birth control (such as a condom, diaphragm, spermicide) to prevent pregnancy while taking amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium.

There may be other drugs not listed that can affect amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.


Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist has additional information about amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium written for health professionals that you may read.
post #26 of 26
Get to the ER asap hon if you think you're having an allergic reaction (sounds like you are!) i am REALLY allergic to agumitten along with a bunch of other things. If you have an Epi pen- use it and have someone drive you to the doctor quickly. Each person has different reactions so there's no way to judge that medications effects from one person to the next....i know for me when i was prescribed it- it sent me into some really severe asthma attacks, i couldn't breath, and i had a rash. Luckily when i got to the ER (i was little at the time) they gave me something and it helped. Good luck hon Feel better soon hon.

Also in the future- be sure to check all medications and make sure they aren't too similar to agumitten. Many pharmacies will note your allergies and cross check them with any new presciptions before sending them out nowdays (walgreens does that on mine).
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