When I noticed my elbow three weeks ago, it was swollen like a plum, hot & painful. I took a non steroid & it helped with the pain. The swelling has gone down but not completely. When I saw my Ortho. Dr. he prescribed Augmentin. I havent had it filled as yet. How will this affect my COPD? The Dr. told me I might have a little infection in the elbow. I read the side effects & do not want to go through serious side effectsl. Will the benefits out weigh the risk? thank you for help.