Generic Ampicillin is the efficient mode of treating the bacterial infections. It is the medication that will give you a relief in about 5 to 7 days depending on the type of infection. It fights the bacteria in your body by inhibiting their growth and then eradicating them completely from the host body. It is the antibiotic drug that belongs to the beta-lactum group of medications. Generic Ampicillin is noted to be effective in treating the gastrointestinal, respiratory, genital, and urinary infections. Aerobic as well as anerobic bacterial infections can be cured by the intake of this antibiotic medicine.
Working of generic Ampicillin is very exact in the treatment of the bacterial infections. After you take the dosage, the active constituent reaches to the infected place in the body. There it starts its mode of action. The bacterial infections are treated by curtailing the process of cell wall formation in the bacteria. Basically, this medication acts as the inhibitor of the enzyme transpeptidase that is responsible for the cell wall formation of the bacteria.
The process of the bacterial cell wall synthesis is inhibited by generic Ampicillin by not allowing the double strands of the DNA to form. This retards the replication process completely. Due to which the newly grown bacteria cells undergoes lysis and they die. The spread of the bacterial infection is stopped due to this. Later on its stops the food supply to the infected part, thus bacteria that are totally dependent on the host of the food supply doesn't get the enough food and they finally die due to starvation. This antibiotic drug because of the presence of amino group can penetrate easily through the walls of gram positive and gram negative bacteria and kills it.
For adults, the standard dose of generic Ampicillin is 250 mg four times in a day. It is prescribed as dosage of 100 mg to 150 mg three times in a day for the pediatric patients. Depending upon the stage of the bacterial infection, the dose can be increased to 500 mg thrice in a day. When the patient is having the ear, nose, or throat infections, the dose of 200 to 400 mg 4 times in day is taken. If the person is suffering from bacterial infections in the intestines, this medication is recommended to be taken in dose of 250 mg to 400 mg thrice in a day.
Generic Ampicillin dosage in meningitis patients is 250 mg twice in a day. Its dosage is 500 mg thrice in a day for the patients suffering from sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea. It should be taken on an empty stomach, 1 hour before the lunch or 2 to 3 hours after the lunch. Swallow this medication as whole, do not crush, chew, or open them. Missing this drug dosage can give the bacterium that wasn't killed completely to regrow and restart an infection.
Over dose must be avoided because it leads to the serious health complications. Over dose of generic Ampicillin is noted to cause loss of sensation in the toes or fingers, tremor in muscles, weakness, pain or twitching, convulsions, and perplexity. In serious cases over dose may even result to coma or even sudden death.
SIDE EFFECTS :
Side effects of generic Ampicillin that can affect your health seriously include anaphylaxis, trouble in breathing, closing of your throat, hives, rashes, fainting, and swelling of your lips, face, or tongue. Please contact your doctor immediately, if you see any of the above mentioned side effects.
Common side effects observed due to intake of this medication are convulsions, abdominal cramps followed by severe watery diarrhea, unusual blood loss or bruising, white patches on the tongue (thrush/ yeast infection), vomiting, mild nausea, or abdominal pain, burning sensation in vagina along with the foul discharge, increase in the frequency of the urination, sore mouth or tongue, and drowsiness. These side effects of generic Ampicillin were observed during the initial dosage and they ebb away as the body gets accustomed with dose of this medication.
People suffering from kidney disorders should take the doctor's advice before taking this antibacterial medicine.
It can be taken by people suffering from high blood pressure, but strictly under the doctor's supervision.
Before taking generic Ampicillin, inform your doctor if you have stomach or intestinal disease, or infectious mononucleosis.
Please avoid this medication if you are having allergy of penicillin or cephalosporin.
This antibiotic is the FDA pregnancy category B drug. It means that this drug will not harm an unborn baby. So the intake of this drug is considered to be safe for use during pregnancy. But, please inform you doctor for the guidance about the dose of generic Ampicillin.
This medication passes into breast milk and can cause a yeast infection, diarrhea, or allergic reaction in a nursing infant. So it is advisable to not to take this antibiotic drug.
Generic Ampicillin should never be taken for treating any viral or fungal infections because it will not show any effect.
This antibiotic medicine reduces the efficiency of birth control pills, so use a second method of birth control to protect against pregnancy.
Taking other medications like erythromycin, tetracycline, minocycline, and doixycycline along with generic Ampicillin is not recommended because it delays in the bacterial treatment.
Consult the doctor before taking this antibiotic drug.
Never take this medication for more time than prescribed as this may lead to the various health complications.