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   Ampicillin-Sulbactam

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This combination medication is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. It is known as a penicillin-type antibiotic. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections (e.g., common cold, flu). Unnecessary use or misuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.

 
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Ampicillin-Sulbactam

Uses
This combination medication is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. It is known as a penicillin-type antibiotic. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections (e.g., common cold, flu). Unnecessary use or misuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.
Notes
  • This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only.
  • Do not use it later for another infection unless told to do so by your doctor.
  • A different medication may be necessary in that case.Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., kidney function, complete blood count) may be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects.
  • Consult your doctor for more details.

Storage
  • This medication must be stored properly.
  • Review storage instructions with the pharmacist.
  • Check the expiration date before using.
  • Store the vial at room temperature below 86 degrees F (30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.

Overdose
  • Symptoms of overdose may include: seizures.

How To Use
  • This medication is given by injection by a health care professional.
  • Follow all instructions for preparation and use of this product.
  • Before using this product, check it visually for particles or discoloration.
  • If either is present, do not use the liquid.
  • If you have questions about the use of this medication, consult the pharmacist.This medication is usually given every 6 hours or as directed by your doctor.The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.
  • For children, the dosage is also based on weight.Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level.
  • Therefore, use this drug at evenly spaced intervals.Continue to use this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days.
  • Stopping the medication too early may result in a return of the infection.Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

Side Effects
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea may occur.
  • If this medication is injected into a muscle, pain at the injection site may occur.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: pain/swelling at injection site (if this drug is injected into a vein), chest pain, difficult/painful urination.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: easy bruising/bleeding, dark urine, yellowing eyes/skin, severe abdominal/stomach pain, new signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat), change in the amount of urine.This medication may rarely cause a severe intestinal condition (pseudomembranous colitis) due to a type of resistant bacteria.
  • This condition may occur weeks after treatment has stopped.
  • Tell your doctor immediately if you develop persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, or blood/mucus in your stool.
  • Do not use anti-diarrhea products or narcotic pain medications if you have any of these symptoms because these products may make them worse.Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in oral thrush or a new vaginal yeast infection.
  • Contact your doctor if you notice white patches in your mouth, a change in vaginal discharge, or other new symptoms.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare.
  • However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.Ampicillin can commonly cause a mild rash that is usually not serious.
  • However, you may not be able to tell it apart from a rare rash that could be a sign of a severe allergic reaction.
  • Therefore, seek immediate medical attention if you develop any rash.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to penicillin or cephalosporin antibiotics; or if you have any other allergies.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: viral infections (e.g., infectious mononucleosis), kidney disease.This medication contains sodium.
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you are on a salt-restricted diet or if you have a condition that could be worsened by an increase in salt intake (e.g., congestive heart failure).Kidney function declines as you grow older.
  • This medication is removed by the kidneys.
  • Therefore, elderly people may be at greater risk for side effects while using this drug.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.This medication passes into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember.
  • If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them.
  • Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: allopurinol, "blood thinners" (e.g., warfarin), live bacterial vaccines, methotrexate, probenecid, tetracyclines.Give aminoglycosides (e.g., gentamicin) separately from this medication.
  • Do not mix together in the same IV fluid.This medication may decrease the effectiveness of combination-type hormonal birth control (e.g., pills, patch).
  • This can result in pregnancy.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist for details.
  • Discuss whether you should use additional reliable birth control methods while you are using hormonal birth control along with ampicillin/sulbactam.This medication may interfere with certain laboratory tests (including certain urine glucose tests), possibly causing false test results.
  • Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.

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