Generic Name(s): Sulbactam Sodium
Drug Class: natural penicillins
Treats: bacterial infections
Ampicilin Sodium is used to treat patients who have been diagnosed with bacterial infections, which are spread through coughing, sneezing, etc. Note that Ampicilin Sodium will not have any effect on viral infections, only bacterial infections. If not treated early, bacterial infections can worsen symptoms. Ampicilin Sodium is available in intravenous form and usually administered by your doctor.
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Ampicillin Sodium Uses
Ampicilin Sodium is a drug similar to penicillin that kills bacteria. Patients who have bacterial infection, skin infections, sinusitis or pelvic inflammatory disease may be prescribed this medication.
Bacterial infections are unusually caused by microbes and spread through coughing, sneezing or contact with infected people. In other cases, this medication can be prescribed to patients who have skin infections (resulting from bites, etc).
This medications works to kill bacteria by preventing bacteria from building the cell wall(which prevents the bacteria from further multiplying). Note that Ampicilin Sodium may result in the bacteria building resistance. Therefore, if the patient"s condition worsens, they should contact their doctor.
- bacterial infections
Ampicillin Sodium Dosage
Ampicilin Sodium dosage is completely dependent on the individual who takes it cas it can be used for a variety of different treatments. Note that the amount of Ampicilin Sodium depends on the amount of times you plan on taking each day. Drink plenty of fluids and do not stop taking this medication unless approved by your doctor.
Your doctor will most likely administer the dosage.
For bacterial infections:
- Adults: 1.5g-3g IV or IM every 6 hours
- Children(>40kg):1.5g-3g IV or IM every 6 hours
Ampicillin Sodium Side Effects
Ampicilin Sodium, like any other drug, comes with its collection of side effects that vary with each who uses it. If you experience any severe side effects, consult your doctor or medical professional immediately.
Common Ampicilin Sodium Effects:
- sore mouth
- vaginal itching and discharge
Consult with your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects:
- severe allergic reactions (rash/hives or swelling of the face/tongue)
- severe dizziness
- trouble breathing
- persistent diarrhea
- stomach cramp
- bloody stool
Ampicillin Sodium Interactions
Below you will find a list of Ampicilin Sodium drug and substance interactions. In many cases, Ampicilin Sodium should not be combined with other medications unless approved by a physician. Consult with your doctor before taking any new medication.
Note that this list does not include a variety of over the counter drugs and vitamins that could also counteract and alter Ampicilin Sodium.
Notify your doctor if you have history of kidney disease or infectious mononucleosis. Women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding should notify their doctor before taking this medication.
Drugs that interact with Ampicilin Sodium:
- live bacterial vaccines
Note that this drug may affect the effectiveness of current contraceptives that you"re currently taking. This drug may also cause a false positive for diabetic testing.