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Patients who have had an allergic reaction to penicillin-based antibiotics should not take Ampi-Co. This medication fights bacterial infections in the body, which include infections of the ear or bladder, pneumonia, E. coli, Salmonella, or gonorrhoea. Ampi-Co, a generic form of penicillin, is most often prescribed as Omnipen, Totacillin, or Principen.

Since Ampi-Co 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 an unwanted pregnancy.

Ampi-Co is not for all patients, so you should consult with your physician and provide a detailed medical history before taking this medication. If your medical history includes diarrhea from taking antibiotics, mononucleosis, kidney illness, asthma, blood disorder, blood clotting disorder, or any form of allergies to medicaments or other allergens, you may not be able to take Ampi-Co 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 Ampi-Co as a pregnancy risk category B. This medicine is not expected to cause harm to or birth defects in an unborn fetus. Ampi-Co 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 physician to determine whether the benefits outweigh the risks before taking Ampi-Co. Pregnant women or those who might become pregnant may have additional concerns with respects to taking this medication.

While taking Ampi-Co, if you experience either an allergic reaction or a serious side effect, you should seek immediate medical attention. Allergic reactions present themselves as difficulty breathing, swelling of the mouth, lips, tongue, or throat, and hives. Serious side effects present themselves as 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 conditions, seek immediate medical attention.

Although less serious side effects typically do not require emergency medical care, they should still be reported to your physician. 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.

Ampi-Co should be taken exactly as prescribed. If you miss a dosage, it can be taken when remembered. However, if it is almost time for the next dosage then the missed dosage should be skipped. Taking too much of the medication or taking dosages of medicine too close together can result in an overdosage. Symptoms of an overdosage include behavioral changes, confusion, skin rash, black outs, a decrease in urination, and convulsions. An overdosage of Ampi-Co requires urgent medical treatment.

Ampi-Co 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-Co include tetracycline antibiotics, probenecid, sulfa medicaments, methotrexate, and allopurinol.

Ampi-co has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of ampi-co

• Molecular formula of ampi-co 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
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