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AMPICILLIN (am pi SILL in) is a penicillin antibiotic. It treats some infections caused by bacteria. It will not work for colds, the flu, or other viruses.
Ampicillin may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions
This drug is injected into a muscle or infused into a vein. It is usually given by a health care provider in a hospital or clinic setting.
If you get this drug at home, you will be taught how to prepare and give it. Use exactly as directed. Take it as directed on the prescription label at the same time every day. Keep taking it unless your health care provider tells you to stop.
It is important that you put your used needles and syringes in a special sharps container. Do not put them in a trash can. If you do not have a sharps container, call your pharmacist or health care provider to get one.
Talk to your health care provider about the use of this drug in children. While it may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of Ampicillin contact a poison control center or emergency room at once. NOTE: Ampicillin is only for you. Do not share Ampicillin with others.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
-allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
-bloody or watery diarrhea
-feeling faint; lightheaded, falls
-redness, blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
-unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
This list may not describe all possible side effects for Ampicillin. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.Source: FDA
This medicine may interact with the following medications:
-birth control pills
-certain antibiotics like chloramphenicol, erythromycin, sulfamethoxazole, tetracycline
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
-an unusual or allergic reaction to ampicillin, other penicillins or antibiotics, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
-pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine. Tell your health care provider if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.
This medicine may cause serious skin reactions. They can happen weeks to months after starting the medicine. Contact your health care provider right away if you notice fevers or flu-like symptoms with a rash. The rash may be red or purple and then turn into blisters or peeling of the skin. Or, you might notice a red rash with swelling of the face, lips or lymph nodes in your neck or under your arms.
Do not treat diarrhea with over the counter products. Contact your health care provider if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if it is severe and watery.
If you have diabetes, you may get a false-positive result for sugar in your urine. Check with your health care provider.
Birth control may not work properly while you are taking this medicine. Talk to your health care provider about using an extra method of birth control.
Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
You will be instructed on how to store this drug. Throw away any unused drug after the expiration date.