Ampi, a generic form of penicillin, is usually prescribed as Omnipen, Totacillin, or Principen. Patients who have had an allergic reaction to penicillin-based antibiotics should not take Ampi. This medication fights bacterial infections in the body, such as infections of the ear or bladder, pneumonia, E. coli, Salmonella, or gonorrhea.
Ampi has been known to render birth control pills ineffective. A secondary, barrier form of birth control needs to be used while taking this medication to prevent pregnancy.
Ampi is not for all patients, so you should consult with your physician and provide a detailed medical history before taking this medication. Patients with a medical history of diarrhoea from taking antibiotics, mononucleosis, kidney illness, asthma, blood disorder, blood clotting disorder, or any form of allergies to medicaments or other allergens may not be able to take Ampi or may require special care while taking this medication. This will depend on the condition and the severity of the condition for the patient.
The FDA rated Ampi as a pregnancy risk category B so it is not expected to cause harm to or birth defects in an unborn fetus. Ampi does pass through the mother's breast milk and can affect a nursing baby. Discuss this medication with your physician to determine whether the benefits outweigh the risks before taking Ampi. A woman who is pregnant or might become pregnant may have additional concerns with respects to taking this medication. Nursing mothers should avoid this medication.
A patient experiencing either an allergic reaction or a serious side effect while taking this medication should seek immediate medical attention. Allergic reactions include difficulty breathing, swelling of the mouth, lips, tongue, or throat, and hives. Serious side effects include agitation, confusion, unusual thoughts, unusual behaviors, fever, acute pharyngitis, headache with a severe peeling and blistering rash, fever with chills, body aches, other flu symptoms, bloody diarrhoea, watery diarrhoea, unusual weakness, easy bruising or bleeding, urinating less than usual, not urinating at all, black outs, or convulsions. If you experience any of these conditions, seek immediate medical attention.
Less serious side effects typically do not require emergency medical care but should still be reported to your physician. These include vaginal itching, vaginal discharge, headache, nausea, vomiting, stomach discomfort, swollen black or “hairy” tongue, or white patches on the tongue or on the inside of the mouth. If you experience any of these conditions, consult your physician.
Ampi should be taken exactly as prescribed. If you miss a dose, it can be taken when remembered. However, if it is almost time for the next dose then the missed dose should be skipped. Taking too much of the medication or taking doses of medicine too close together can result in an overdose. Symptoms of an overdose include behavioral changes, confusion, rash, black outs, a decrease in urination, and convulsions. An overdose of Ampi requires urgent medical treatment.
Ampi cannot be taken with some other medicaments because they have a negative interaction and can cause serious health risks. Always consult your physician before taking any new medicaments, including over the counter medicaments, herbal remedies, and vitamin supplements. Some of the medicaments with known negative interactions with Ampi include tetracycline antibiotics, probenecid, sulfa medicaments, methotrexate, and allopurinol.
Ampi has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of ampi is C16H19N3O4S
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 7-(2-amino-2-phenyl-acetyl)amino-3,3-dimethyl-6- oxo-2-thia-5-azabicyclo[3.2.0]heptane-4-carboxylic acid
• Molecular weight is 349.406 g/mol
• Ampi available : 250mg capsules, 250mg capsules, 500mg capsules
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