Ampicillin 250 mg is a penicillin-like antibiotic intended for the treatment of different infections (respiratory infections, genital and urinary tract infections, gastrointestinal infections, meningitis, and several other types) that works by slowing down the growth of bacteria. You must not start taking this medicine if you are allergic to cephalosporin or penicillin antibiotics. The symptoms of a severe allergic reaction to Ampicillin may include sore throat, a skin reaction, fever diarrhea, wheezing and shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms emergency medical assistance is required.
Ampicillin 250 is a broad-spectrum antibiotic from aminopenicillin group. Its mechanism of action is anti-bacterial and consists in inhibition of construction of bacteria cell walls sensitive to Ampicillin. It is not destroyed in acidic content of stomach, is easily absorbed. Ampicillin is active toward gram positive microorganisms and also some gram negative ones (salmonella, schigella, proteus, E. coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, formerly called Pfeiffer’s bacillus) and is used for treatment of the diseased provoked by mixed bacteria. Microorganisms producing penicillase are resistible to Ampicillin. This medication is used to treat pneumonia and other infectious diseases of respiratory, urogenital, gastrointestinal systems.
Dosage and directions
Take exactly as prescribed. Ampicillin capsules should be taken with a full glass of water, a half hour before or 2 hours after a meal.
If are allergic to penicillin or cephalosporin antibiotics, contact your doctor first than to take this drug. This medication may cause diarrhea so inform your doctor if you have it before to take any drug for diarrhea. Ampicillin 250mg may show a false positive result of in certain urine glucose tests. If you have taken Ampicillin for a long time before it may appear ineffective in your organism due to so called superinfection, inform your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or get worse.
Hypersensitivity to Ampicillin. Cautiousness should be exercised if there is liver failure, asthma, hay fever.
Possible side effects
Nausea, diarrhea, skin rash, sore mouth, sore tongue, vomiting, inflammation of the bowel and inching are considered to be mild side effects of Ampicillin.
Ampicillin 250 mg enhances effect of the orally taken medications which prevent blood clot formation. This medication may interfere work of certain oral contraceptives.
Never take a double dose of this medication. If take this medication twice daily and missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember, take the next dose 5-6 hours later. If you take the drug thrice daily, take the missed dose as soon as you remember and do the next one in 2-4 hours.
If you suppose that you took too much Ampicillin and have symptoms of allergy (hives, rush) contact your doctor immediately.
Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.