Ampicillin and Sulbactam:
What is it?

Ampicillin and Sulbactam:
How is it Used?


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Ampicillin and Sulbactam Overview

Overview

(am pi SIL in & SUL bak tam)

Created: 2005-04-07 16:18:24.0

Modified: 2010-03-09 08:20:06.0

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Canadian Brand Names

Unasyn®

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

How does it work?

• Ampicillin works to injure the bacteria and fight the infection.

• Sulbactam protects ampicillin from being destroyed by certain bacteria.

How is it best taken?

• This medicine is given as a shot into a vein.

How should I store this medicine?

• Follow directions for storage.

Pharmacologic Category

Antibiotic, Penicillin

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to ampicillin, sulbactam, any penicillin, or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

U.S. Brand Names

Unasyn®

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Call healthcare provider for instructions.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• If you are diabetic, this medicine may interfere with Clinitest®. Use another method of urine glucose testing like Clinistix® or Tes-Tape®.

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