What is Campicillin (Ampicillin) used for?
Campicillin (Ampicillin) is an oral penicillin antibiotic that is prescribed for the treatment of a wide variety of bacterial infections. It operates by destroying or preventing the reproduction of bacteria cells to prevent their spread making it easier for the immune system to control or eliminate the infection. This makes it useful for treating bacterial infections affecting the lungs, respiratory tract, abdomen, stomach, middle ear, digestive tract, urinary tract, or blood. Your physician may also prescribe this medication to be used along with others or for the treatment of other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Campicillin (Ampicillin)?
Campicillin (Ampicillin) should always be used strictly according to your physician's instructions to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. Most patients are prescribed one tablet to be taken one to four times each day for a cycle of medication lasting one or two weeks. The correct dosage and frequency of administration will be determined by your age, weight, health condition, the condition being treated, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a full cup of water on an empty stomach to aid absorption. It is suggested to take the doses one hour before a meal or at least two hours after a meal to ensure the contents of the stomach are emptied. It is suggested to increase your fluid intake while using this medication. Do not stop taking the medication before being instructed if your symptoms seem to have disappeared. The infection may not be completely destroyed and may return stronger or more resistant to treatment. Ask your physician any questions you have regarding the medication to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Campicillin (Ampicillin)?
Campicillin (Ampicillin) may lead to side effects in some patients such as:
Serious side effects that may require immediate medical attention include fever, flu symptoms, easier bruising, severe fatigue, anxiety, unusual behavior or thoughts, severe diarrhea that is bloody or watery, or seizures. Inform your physician as soon as any unusual or worrying symptoms occur to ensure the correct alterations are made to your dosage or frequency of administration.
Campicillin (Ampicillin) should not be used to treat patients who are allergic to penicillin antibiotics, cephalosporin antibiotics, or who have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past. Also inform your physician if you have suspected glandular fever, acute or chronic lymphoid leukemia, a history of allergies, or reduced kidney function as these conditions may cause unexpected complications during treatment.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Campicillin (Ampicillin). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.