Ampicillin is used to treat infections caused by certain types of bacteria. Ampicillin is a penicillin antibiotic that works by killing sensitive bacteria.
Store this medication at room temperature in a tightly sealed container. Store Ampicillin away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep out of reach of children.
Some medical conditions can interact with Ampicillin. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant before using Ampicillin. Ampicillin is found in breast milk and can affect a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast feeding before taking Ampicillin. Tell your doctor about any prescription and non prescription medications that you are using before taking Ampicilin. Tell your doctor if you have a stomach infection or diarrhea before using this medication.
Ampicillin does not treat viral infections, it only works against bacteria. Use Ampicillin for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up the infection completely and the bacteria can become less sensitive to the medicine. This can cause it to become harder to treat in the future. Long term use of Ampicillin can cause a second infection. Tell your doctor if another infection occurs. If you experience vomiting or diarrhea, you will need to make sure you keep yourself hydrated. Hormonal birth control pills will not work as effectively while you are using Ampicillin. Use a back up method of birth control to prevent pregnancy. Lab tests may be affected by Ampicillin. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using this medication.
Use this medication exactly as your doctor instructs you to. Read the label on your medicine for exact instructions. Take Ampicillin orally at least one hour before eating or 2 hours after eating with a full glass of water. Take Ampicillin on a regular basis at the same time every day to get the most benefit from it. To clear up your infection completely, use Ampicillin for the full treatment course. Keep using Ampicillin even if you feel better.
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to any ingredient in Ampicillin or any other penicillin antibiotic. Do not use Ampicillin if you are taking a tetracycline antibiotic or if you have mononucleosis. Do not take Ampicillin if you have recently received or will be receiving life oral typhoid vaccine.
Seek emergency medical attention if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to Ampicillin: Rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue. Call your doctor if you experience an
Less serious side effects include: Inflammation and redness of the tongue, irritation of the mouth or throat, mild diarrhea, nausea, second infections, and vomiting.