A penicillin antibiotic, ampicillin is used to treat or prevent bacterial infections such as meningitis, gonorrhea, pneumonia, bladder infections, or stomach infections. It does not treat flu, colds, or other viral infections.
This medication works by targeting sensitive bacteria and killing them. While the bacteria are growing, the formation of the cell walls are interfered and weakened. Once the cell wall is weak enough, it ruptures – thus killing the bacteria.
Key Information About Ampicillin
– Not For Viral Infection
It should be noted that ampicillin should not be used to treat viral infections such as the common cold.
– Full Course Of Treatment
Make sure to follow the full course of treatment recommended by your doctor. Otherwise, the infection may not be cleared up completely. Long-term or repeated use of this medication can make the bacteria immune / less sensitive, thus making the infection even harder to treat in the future. What’s more is that it could even cause a second infection. If this happens, let your doctor know right away. Your doctor may need to prescribe a different medication to treat it.
– Mild Diarrhea
You might experience mild diarrhea while taking this medication but be cautious as it may get more serious. If you have severe diarrhea, stomach cramps or pain, or bloody stools, contact your doctor right away.
– Birth Control Pills
If you are using birth control pills while taking ampicillin, you should know that you are at high risk of getting pregnant. It is advisable to use an additional form of birth control such as condoms to prevent pregnancy.
If you are diabetic, you may need to consult your doctor regarding your diet or your diabetes medicine dosage. It’s because the results of your urine glucose may be affected by ampicillin.
– Pregnancy And Breastfeeding
If you get pregnant while taking the medication, you need to contact your doctor to discuss the risks and benefits of using it. It is also important to let your doctor know if you are breastfeeding or will be breastfeeding and the possible risks of antibiotics to your baby.
Ingredients In Ampicillin
Ampicillin capsules provide ampicillin trihydrate with inactive ingredients namely titanium dioxide, silica gel, lactose monohydrate, FD&C Blue #1, FD&C Red #3, FD&C Red #40, gelatin, and black iron oxide.
Meanwhile, ampicillin oral suspension provides ampicillin trihydrate (after constitution) with inactive ingredients namely vanillin, sodium benzoate, sodium citrate, sucrose, natural and artificial flavors, lecithin, FD&C Red #40, colloidal silicon dioxide, Atmos 300, and antifoam AF emulsion.