Ampicillin – the time-tested antibiotic
Nowadays only children, probably, didn’t hear about such a pharmaceutical substance as penicillin. Being created in 1928 (some scientists insist on other date) by Alexander Fleming, this antibiotic forms the basis of a drug class known as penicillin antibiotics. Ampicillin is one of these drugs. This antibiotic is highly efficient and frequently prescribed as a part of treatment of certain infections caused by bacteria. For example, pneumonia, bronchitis, some infections of ears, lungs, skin and urinary tracts. This medication is in the list of prescription drugs and nobody can buy Ampicillin without Rx in a traditional drugstore.
Ampicillin is available in the form of capsules, solution for oral administration and peroral drops. Usually a dose of ampicillin should be taken every 6 hours or 4 times a day. Follow the package label and doctor’s recommendations thoroughly. Do not change the dosing schedule and recommended dosage.
The bottle with solution or drops for children should be properly shaken before each use. Drops can be diluted in any cold liquid that a sick child can drink. Capsules are to be taken as a whole with glass of water. The dose should be taken not later than 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals. If you missed a dose, take it if before the next scheduled dose more than three hours. Otherwise you should take the drug according to the dosing schedule. There are some points you should discuss with your doctor before you buy Ampicillin and start the intake. Tell your healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicinal substance, including penicillin and ampicillin. Various medications can interact with Ampicillin and influence its effect, that’s why it is reasonable to tell him about all the drugs you are on. More than that, kidney or liver diseases of any kind, allergies, asthma, blood disorders, hay fever and other disorders may be a contraindication for using Ampicillin.
If you are pregnant or suspect you are pregnant, the healthcare professional should be informed about it because Ampicillin can be harmful for the foetus.
As for the side effects that may occur while taking Ampicillin, the most common of them are: diarrhea, dizziness, headache, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and soreness in the mouth. As a rule, these signs usually disappear after the antibiotic withdrawal. But if you notice one of the following signs, you should call the doctor immediately: any kind of allergy (including skin rash, itching, face, lips or tongue edemata), dark urine, fever, painful or forced respiration, painful swallowing, blisters and/or increased skin peeling (including the area around the mouth), seizures and groundless weakness and tiredness.
Caveat: Do not Buy Ampicillin for other people using your prescription and do not give it to them. Store it in a place inaccessible for children. If your doctor in charge did not tell you otherwise, you should get rid of the rest medicine after the course of treatment with Ampicillin. If you have some Ampicillin left, do not use it in the future even if you have approximately the same symptoms as in the previous case of the drug intake. Long term treatment with Ampicillin may require regular checkups to watch the development of potential side effects.