Patients who have experienced an allergic reaction to penicillin-based antibiotics should not take Ampicil. This medication fights bacterial infections in the body, including infections of the ear or bladder, pneumonia, E. coli, Salmonella, or gonorrhoea. Ampicil, frequently prescribed as Omnipen, Totacillin, or Principen, is a generic form of penicillin.
Since Ampicil has been proven to render birth control pills ineffective, a secondary, barrier form of birth control needs to be used while taking this medication.
Ampicil is not for all patients, so you should consult with your healthcare professional and provide a detailed medical history before taking this medication. If your medical history includes diarrhea from taking antibiotics, mononucleosis, kidney disease, asthma, blood disorder, blood clotting disorder, or any form of allergies to medicaments or other allergens, you may not be able to take Ampicil or may require special care while taking this medication. The determination will depend on the condition and the severity of the condition.
The FDA rated Ampicil as a pregnancy risk category B. Therefore, this medicine is not expected to cause harm to or birth defects in an unborn fetus. However, Ampicil does pass through the mother's breast milk and can affect a nursing baby. Nursing mothers should avoid this medication. Discuss this medication with your healthcare professional to determine whether the benefits outweigh the risks before taking Ampicil. Pregnant women or those who might become pregnant may have additional concerns with respects to taking this medication.
If you experience either an allergic reaction or a serious side effect while taking this medication, 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, pyrexia, sore throat, headache with a severe peeling and blistering rash, pyrexia with chills, body aches, other flu symptoms, bloody diarrhea, watery diarrhea, unusual weakness, easy bruising or bleeding, urinating less than usual, not urinating at all, black outs, or convulsions. In the event that you experience any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.
Although less serious side effects typically do not require emergency medical care, they should still be reported to your healthcare professional. These less serious side effects include vaginal itching, vaginal discharge, headache, wamble, vomiting, stomach discomfort, swollen black or “hairy” tongue, or white patches on the tongue or on the inside of the mouth.
Always take Ampicil exactly as prescribed. If you miss a dose, it can be taken as soon as it is remembered. However, if it is almost time for the next dose then the missed dose should simply be skipped. As taking too much of the medication or taking doses of medicine too close together can result in an overdose. Symptoms of an overdose typically include behavioral changes, confusion, skin rash, black outs, a decrease in micturition, and convulsions. Symptoms of an overdose of Ampicil require urgent medical treatment.
Due to negative drug interactions, Ampicil cannot be taken with some other medicaments. Some of the interactions can cause serious health risks. Always consult your healthcare professional before taking any new medicaments, including over the counter medicaments, herbal remedies, and vitamin supplements. Some of the medicaments with known negative interactions with Ampicil include tetracycline antibiotics, probenecid, sulfa medicaments, methotrexate, and allopurinol.
Ampicil has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of ampicil 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
• Ampicil available : 250mg capsules, 250mg capsules, 500mg capsules
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