Patients who have experienced an allergic reaction to penicillin-based antibiotics should not take Ampicilina. Ampicilina, frequently prescribed as Omnipen, Totacillin, or Principen, is a generic form of penicillin that fights bacterial infections in the body, including infections of the ear or bladder, pneumonia, E. coli, Salmonella, or gonorrhea.
Since Ampicilina has been proven to render birth control pills ineffective. A secondary, barrier form of birth control is recommended while taking this medication.
Ampicilina is not for everyone. 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 medications or other allergens, you may not be able to take Ampicilina or may require special care while undergoing treatment. The determination will depend on the patient and the severity of the condition.
The FDA rated Ampicilina as a pregnancy risk category B. Therefore, this medicine is not expected to cause harm to or birth defects in an unborn fetus. However, Ampicilina 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 Ampicilina. 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, skin edema of the mouth, lips, tongue, or throat, and hives. Serious side effects include agitation, confusion, unusual thoughts, unusual behaviors, fever, sore throat, headache with a severe peeling and blistering rash, fever 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 pruritus, vaginal discharge, headache, nausea, emesis, stomach discomfort, swollen black or “hairy” tongue, or white patches on the tongue or on the inside of the mouth.
Always take Ampicilina exactly as prescribed. If you miss a dosage, it can be taken as soon as it is remembered. However, if it is almost time for the next dosage then the missed dosage should simply be skipped. As taking too much of the medication or taking dosages of medicine too close together can result in an overdosage. Symptoms of an overdosage typically include behavioral changes, confusion, rash, black outs, a decrease in urination, and convulsions. Symptoms of an overdosage of Ampicilina require urgent medical treatment.
Due to negative drug interactions, Ampicilina cannot be taken with some other medications. Some of the interactions can cause serious health risks. Always consult your healthcare professional before taking any new medications, including over the counter medications, herbal remedies, and vitamin supplements. Some of the medications with known negative interactions with Ampicilina include tetracycline antibiotics, probenecid, sulfa medications, methotrexate, and allopurinol.
Ampicilina has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of ampicilina 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
• Ampicilina available : 250mg capsules, 250mg capsules, 500mg capsules
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