|(am pi SIL
|Marcillin®; Omnipen®; Omnipen®-N; Polycillin-N®; Principen®|
|Foreign Brand Names|
|Ampicin®[Sodium] (Canada); Anglopen (Mexico); Apo-Ampi®[Trihydrate] (Canada); Binotal (Mexico); Dibacilina (Mexico); Flamicina (Mexico); Jaa Amp®[Trihydrate] (Canada); Lampicin (Mexico); Marovilina® (Mexico); Nu-Ampi [Trihydrate] (Canada); Pentrexyl (Mexico); Pro-Ampi®[Trihydrate] (Canada); Sinaplin (Mexico); Taro-Ampicillin®[Trihydrate]
|Reasons not to take this medicine|
- If you have allergy to other penicillins, ampicillin, or any other
part of the medicine.
- If you have an allergy to another related antibiotic called a
cephalosporin, talk with healthcare
|What is this medicine used for?|
- This medicine is used as a treatment for a variety of bacterial
|How does it work?|
- Ampicillin makes the cell wall (skin) of the bacteria leaky and kills
|How is it best taken?|
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
- Take on an empty stomach. Take 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.
- Take with food if medicine causes an upset stomach.
- A liquid (suspension) is available if you cannot swallow pills. Those
who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before
and after medicine is given. Shake well first.
- Use entire prescription as directed, even if feeling
|What do I do if I miss a dose?|
- Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
- If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one. Return to
your regular schedule.
- Do not take a double dose or extra
|What are the precautions when taking this
- Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor). Can make infection
more difficult to treat.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make
sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling
about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of
face, lips, tongue, throat; or any other symptoms involved.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting
- Birth control pills may not work. Use another form of birth control
while taking this medicine.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are
|What are the common side effects of this
- Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking
hard candy, or chewing gum may help.
- Diarrhea. Yogurt, Bifidobacterium bifidum
, or Lactobacillus acidophilus
may help. These products are available at health food stores or in some
- Vaginal irritation. Report itching or discharge to healthcare
|What should I monitor?|
- If you are diabetic, this medication may interfere with
Clinitest®. Use another method of urine glucose testing
like Clinistix® or Tes-Tape®.
- Watch for change in temperature or worsening of
|Reasons to call healthcare provider
- Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing;
tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits;
swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Fever and/or chills.
- Severe nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea.
- Any rash.
- No improvement in condition or feeling
|How should I store this medicine?|
- The refrigerator is best for storage of liquid (suspension). Throw
away if medicine is not used in 2 weeks. Can store at room temperature but only
good for 7 days.
- Store capsules in a tight container at room
- Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
- Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements,
vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider
(doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
- Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine,
including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs,
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