How it should be taken
It comes as a tablet, capsule, liquid and pediatric drops to take by mouth, on an empty stomach.
It also comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein or large muscle.
Dosage & When it is to be taken
Adult- PO/IM/IV- The recommended dose range is 0.5 to 3gm every 6 hours or 4 times/day.
Child- 25 to 50mg/kg/day.
When it is not to be taken (Contraindications)
Contraindicated in patients with infectious mononucleosis and hypersensitivity. Ampicillin is also contraindicated in infections caused by penicillinase-producing organisms.
Why it is prescribed (Indications)
This medication is beta-lactam antibiotic, prescribed for certain types of bacterial infections such as UTI, meningitis, gonorrhea, pneumonia, bronchitis, ear, lung, skin and respiratory tract infections.
Category B :
Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women OR Animal studies have shown an adverse effect, but adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in any trimester.
Warnings and Precautions
Caution should be exercised in patients with history of kidney or liver disease, any allergy, asthma, blood disease, intestinal inflammation, stomach problems, hay fever, who are taking other medications, children, who are taking birth control pills, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Take full course of treatment.
Avoid long-term use of this medication; otherwise it may cause secondary infection.
Store it at room temperature (20-25°C) and in an airtight container, away from direct heat and light. Keep away from children.