Can you take Augmentin with milk? (3+ ways to ensure safe and effective use)

In this article, we will discuss whether you can take Augmentin with milk. We will also discuss the general use of antibiotics with milk and what potential risks are associated with it.

Can you take Augmentin with milk?

Yes, you can take Augmentin with milk. Although antibiotics are generally not recommended to take along with dairy products, Augmentin can be taken with milk (1). However, dairy products might slow down the absorption of Augmentin to some extent.

It is generally recommended to take Augmentin with food, as the antibiotic can cause gastrointestinal side effects (2). It is also important to make sure that you take Augmentin just as directed by your healthcare provider.

Stopping your Augmentin treatment halfway or skipping doses can affect your therapeutic goals and the risk of your infection getting severe also increases.

What antibiotics should not be taken with milk and why?

Some antibiotics, including Tetracyclines (Tetracycline, Doxycycline, etc) and Fluoroquinolones (Ciprofloxacin, Levofloxacin, etc), should not be taken with milk or other dairy products.

The reason is that these antibiotics can form complexes with the calcium in dairy, causing chelation (3). This means the antibiotic and calcium bind together, forming a complex that the body can’t absorb effectively (4).

As a result, the antibiotic’s effectiveness might be reduced, potentially making it less helpful in treating infections.

Antacids, the medications used to relieve heartburn or indigestion, can also interfere with these antibiotics (3). Basically, compounds containing calcium, magnesium, aluminium, etc should not be taken along with these antibiotics.

How to take Augmentin properly?

The following steps are important to ensure the safe and effective use of Augmentin (1):

  • Always take Augmentin exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Don’t change the dosage or stop taking the medication without consulting your doctor first.
  • Take the medication at evenly spaced intervals. Usually, it’s every 8 to 12 hours, depending on the severity of your infection and the dosage strength being used.
  • Avoid taking Augmentin on an empty stomach if it causes abdominal pain, acid reflux, nausea, or diarrhoea.
  • Finish the entire course of Augmentin even if you start feeling better. Stopping treatment halfway can lead to a worsening of the infection.
  • Augmentin can interact with other medications, so make sure your doctor knows about all the OTC and prescription medications you’re currently taking.
  • If you experience rash, swelling, or difficulty breathing after taking Augmentin, please seek immediate medical attention.
  • Keep the medication in its original container, away from heat, moisture, and direct sunlight.
  • Keep out of reach of children and pets.

Remember, safe and effective use of medications is important to make the most out of them.


In this article, we have discussed the use of Augmentin with milk and dairy products. We have also talked about the antibiotics which should never be paired with milk or other dairy products and why.

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