is a generic form of penicillin
, which is sometimes prescribed as Omnipen, Totacillin, or Principen. Alpen should be avoided by patients with an allergic reaction to penicillin-based antibiotics. It is prescribed to fight bacterial infections
in the body, such as infections of the ear
or bladder, pneumonia
, E. coli, Salmonella, or gonorrhoea.
Alpen has been known to render birth control
pills less effective. A secondary, non-hormonal form of birth control should be used while the patient is taking this medication.
Alpen is not for all patients and without a thorough medical history, it should not be randomly prescribed. Patients with a medical history that includes diarrhoea from taking antibiotics, mononucleosis, kidney
, a blood
disorder, a blood clotting disorder, or any form of allergies
to medications or other allergens may not be able to take Alpen or might require special care while undergoing treatment with this medication, depending on the condition and the severity of the condition.
The American Food and Drug Administration rated Alpen as a pregnancy risk category B so it is not expected to cause harm or birth defects to an unborn fetus. Alpen does pass through the mother's breast
milk and can affect a nursing baby. The doctor should discuss whether the benefits outweigh the risks before prescribing Alpen to a woman who is pregnant and should avoid prescribing this medication to women who are breastfeeding.
There is a possibility of serious side effects or allergic reactions
while taking Alpen. A patient who experiences either an allergic reaction or a serious side effect while taking this medication should seek immediate medical care. An allergic reaction to Alpen will present with difficulty breathing, skin edema of the mouth
, or throat, and hives
. Other serious side effects are likely to include agitation, confusion
, unusual thoughts, unusual behaviors, fever
, acute pharyngitis
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.
Less serious side effects typically do not require emergency medical care but should still be reported to the prescribing physician. Less serious side effects may include symptoms such as vaginal itching
, vaginal discharge, headache, nausea
discomfort, swollen black or “hairy” tongue, or white patches on the tongue or on the inside of the mouth.
Alpen should only be taken as directed to avoid the potential for an overdose. If a dose of Alpen is accidentally missed, the dose can be taken when it is remembered. If it is almost time for the next dose of Alpen then the missed dose should just be skipped. Taking too much medication or taking doses of medicine too close together can result in an accidental overdose. An overdose of Alpen will require urgent medical intervention. An overdose will present with symptoms, which may include behavioral changes, confusion, skin rash, black outs, a decrease in micturition
, and convulsions.
Alpen should not be taken with certain other medications. Some other medications will interact with Alpen and cause serious health risks. Patients taking Alpen should always consult with the prescribing physician before taking any new medications, including over the counter medications, herbal remedies, and vitamin supplements. Medications with known interactions with Alpen include tetracycline
antibiotics, probenecid, sulfa medications, methotrexate
, and allopurinol
Alpen has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of alpen 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
• Alpen available : 250mg capsules, 250mg capsules, 500mg capsules
Generic name: Ampicillin
Brand name(s): Acillin, Adobacillin, Amblosin, Amcill, Amfipen, Amfipen V, Aminobenzylpenicillin, Amipenix S, Ampen, Ampi, Ampi-Bol, Ampi-Co, Ampi-Tab, Ampichel, Ampicil, Ampicilina, Ampicillina, Ampicilline, Ampicillinum, Ampicin, Ampifarm, Ampikel, Ampimed, Ampipenin, Ampiscel, Ampisyn, Ampivax, Ampivet, Amplacilina, Amplin, Amplipenyl, Amplisom, Amplital, Ampy-Penyl, Austrapen, Binotal, Bonapicillin, Britacil, Campicillin, Cimex, Copharcilin, Delcillin, Deripen, Divercillin, Doktacillin, Duphacillin, Geocillin, Grampenil, Guicitrina, Guicitrine, Lifeampil, Morepen, Norobrittin, Novo-Ampicillin, Nuvapen, Olin Kid, Omnipen, Omnipen-N, Orbicilina, Pen Ampil, Penbristol, Penbritin, Penbritin-S, Penbrock, Penicline, Penimic, Pensyn, Pentrex, Pentrexl, Pentrexyl, Polycillin, Ponecil, Princillin, Principen, Qidamp, Racenacillin, Ro-Ampen, Rosampline, Roscillin, Semicillin, Servicillin, Spectrobid, Sumipanto, Supen, Synpenin, Texcillin, Tokiocillin, Tolomol, Totacillin, Totalciclina, Totapen, Trifacilina, Ultrabion, Ultrabron, Vampen, Viccillin, Wypicil