Full instructions, dosage information and potential known side effects are all available in the leaflet that comes with the prescription product. If you require any advice or assistance with placing your order, please donâ€™t hesitate to contact our team.
How do I take/use this medicine?
Take Ampicillin exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Take Ampicillin at regular intervals as instructed. Do not skip any doses. Continue to take it even when you feel better. You must complete the entire course of antibiotic. If you don't, the infection will not clear completely.
Take Ampicillin on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. This will help improve absorption of the medicine.
If you have been given capsules, swallow them whole with plenty of water.
If you have been given an oral suspension, shake it well before use to ensure that the liquid is evenly mixed. Use the measuring spoon or cup provided to measure your dose.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have:
- kidney or bowel disease, especially colitis (inflammation of the colon).
- infectious mononucleosis (glandular fever)
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have a history of allergic reactions (rashes, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes) to similar antibiotics such as amoxicillin, cloxacillin, penicillin V, sultamicillin or any other penicillin antibiotics.
Alert your doctor if you are allergic to cephalosporin antibiotics such as cefaclor, cefalexin or cefuroxime. Cephalosporins are related to penicillins and if you are allergic to one, you may be allergic to the other too.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Why do I need this medicine?
Ampicillin is an antibiotic. It is used to treat certain bacterial infections of the ear, nose, throat, lungs, skin or bladder.
Ampicillin belongs to a group of antibiotics called the penicillins.
What side effects could I experience?
You may have diarrhoea, nausea, stomach discomfort and stomach wind while being treated with Ampicillin. These side effects are usually mild and will get better with rest. If you have diarrhoea, drink lots of water to replace the fluids lost. However, if you have severe diarrhoea or diarrhoea with severe stomach cramps or bloody stools, alert your doctor.
If you develop rashes, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes, stop the medicine and inform your doctor quickly. These could be signs of an allergic reaction.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Refrigerate the oral suspension (between 2-8Â°C) once you have mixed the powder with water. Do not freeze it otherwise it will become less effective. Throw away any unused portion after 14 days. If the oral suspension is left at room temperature, do not use it beyond 7 days.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Alert your doctor if you are taking allopurinol, probenecid, methotrexate or warfarin.
Do not take antacids together with Ampicillin. Antacids could reduce the effectiveness of Ampicillin. If you must take antacids, take them at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after Ampicillin.
Inform your doctor if you are taking birth-control pills that contain oestrogen. Ampicillin may decrease the effectiveness of these pills. You may wish to discuss additional birth-control methods with your doctor or pharmacist.
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal medicines and medicines that you buy without a prescription.