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Canadian Brand Names
Apo-Ampi®; Novo-Ampicillin; Nu-Ampi
Mexican Brand Names
Alphapen; Amsapen; Binotal; Brupen; Dibacilina; Flamicina; Marovilina; Omnipen; Penbritin; Pentrexyl; Promecilina
Reasons not to take this medicine
• If you have an allergy to ampicillin, 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.
How does it work?
• Ampicillin works to injure the bacteria and fight the infection.
How is it best taken?
• To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
• Use prescription as directed, even if feeling better.
• Take this medicine on an empty stomach. Take 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.
• A liquid (suspension) is available if you cannot swallow pills. Shake well before use.
• Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after medicine is given.
• This medicine is given as a shot into a vein.
What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)
• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.
• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.
• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.
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®.
How should I store this medicine?
• Store capsules at room temperature.
• Protect capsules from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.
• Store liquid (suspension) in a refrigerator or at room temperature. Throw away any unused portion of after 2 weeks if refrigerated. Throw away any unused portion after 1 week if stored at room temperature.
• Follow directions for storage of injection. Talk with healthcare provider.
• 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.
Created: 2005-04-07 16:18:19.0
Modified: 2010-03-09 08:21:49.0
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