Ampicillin Injection

Generic Name: Ampicillin

  • What is Ampicillin Injection?

    Ampicillin injection is a penicillin antibiotic used to treat certain bacterial infections of the brain, spinal cord, heart, and the gastrointestinal (stomach and intestines), respiratory (lung), or urinary tracts. It may also be used to treat other bacterial infections, as determined by your doctor.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Ampicillin Injection?

    Do not use the ampicillin injection if you are allergic to it or other penicillin antibiotics. Tell your doctor immediately if you receive an ampicillin injection and you feel signs of an allergic reaction, such as a rash, swelling, or difficulty breathing.

    Ampicillin can cause diarrhea or colitis (inflammation of the colon). This can happen a couple of months after receiving the last dose of ampicillin. Tell your doctor immediately if you have diarrhea or colitis.

  • Who should not take Ampicillin Injection?

    Do not receive ampicillin injection if you are allergic to it or other penicillin antibiotics.

    Do not receive ampicillin if you have mononucleosis (a viral illness commonly referred to as "mono" that results in weakness and fatigue for weeks or months). This can increase your risk of getting a skin rash.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Ampicillin Injection?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with ampicillin. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have allergies, blood disorders, liver problems, "mono", or infections.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for you based on your body weight, type, and the severity of your infection.

  • How should I take Ampicillin Injection?

    Your doctor will administer the ampicillin injection to you.

  • What should I avoid while taking Ampicillin Injection?

    Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Ampicillin Injection?

    If ampicillin injection is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining ampicillin with allopurinol.

  • What are the possible side effects of Ampicillin Injection?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: colitis, diarrhea, liver problems or high liver enzymes, low blood cell counts, nausea, rash, trouble breathing, vomiting

  • Can I receive Ampicillin Injection if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of ampicillin during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Ampicillin Injection?

    Ampicillin injection should be given under special circumstances determine by your doctor (or given only as needed). If you miss your scheduled dose, contact your docotor for advice.

  • How should I store Ampicillin Injection?

    Your doctor will store ampicillin injection for you.