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Can I take ampicillin if I have an allergy to penicillin? Thanks in advance.

Can I take ampicillin if I have an allergy to penicillin? Thanks in advance.

No: If you are truly allergic to PCN then Ampicillin is closely related. I would recommend seeing an allergist to evaluate your PCN allergy. Many people who think or were told they are allergic actually are not. Even among people who were allergic many lose their sensitivity over time. ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Ampicillin allergies so can I take cephalosporin?

Ampicillin allergies so can I take cephalosporin?

See below: There is a reported 10% chance of cross sensitivity between penicillin and cephalosporin allergy. My clinical experience is much lower than that. ...Read more

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Have yeast but also been itchin outside my uvula & have a rash I take ampicillin but won't work when I took Benadryl (diphenhydramine) it clear away can It b a allergy?

Have yeast but also been itchin outside my uvula & have a rash I take ampicillin but won't work when I took Benadryl (diphenhydramine) it clear away can It b a allergy?

? vaginal thrush: possibly secondary to the antibiotic, benadryl (diphenhydramine) won't help in this instance, talk to your doctor about holding the ampicillin, or try something OTC for the thrush, keep the area clean and dry, if that doesn't work see your doctor, good luck ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Omnipen allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Omnipen allergy?

Omnipen allergy: Omnipen (ampicillin) is an antibiotic. An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. For potential adverse effects see: http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-14013-518/omnipen-oral/ampicillin-oral/details ...Read more

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Can you take 5htp and ampicillin together?

Yes you can: Yes you can if prescribed by your doctor to treat infection by a susceptible organism/bacteria.There is no drug interaction. ...Read more

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Is ampicillin safe to take while pregnant?

Yes: Penicillin and cephalosporin antibiotics are generally considered safe to take while pregnant. ...Read more

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Which one is better ampicillin or amoxicillin?

Which one is better ampicillin or amoxicillin?

Neither: Ampicillin and Amoxicillin have an identical bacterial spectrum of activity. Amoxicillin is absorbed better than Ampicillin when they are given by mouth. Ampicillin can be given in higher doses IV while Amoxicillin can only be given orally. ...Read more

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I ran out of my amoxicillin. May i switch from taking amoxicillin to ampicillin?

Maybe not, however: Though both are penicillins, the types of bacteria each affects may be different. Best to check with your physician who may have the urine culture to make a better judgement. ...Read more

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Does ampicillin cause vaginal itching?

Does ampicillin cause vaginal itching?

Antibiotics: Can cause vaginal yeast infections, which in turn can cause itching. Have it checked out. ...Read more

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How long does it take ampicillin to get rid of group strep b?

How long does it take ampicillin to get rid of group strep b?

10 days: Group b strep soft tissue infections are treated for 10 days to achieve cure. Penicillin is given during labor until delivery to colonized women to prevent spread to the baby. ...Read more

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Is it safe for me to take two 250mg ampicillin and one 400mg Flagyl together?

Yes: As long as you are not allergic to either the Ampicillin or Flagyl you may take them together. Take your medication as prescribed by your physician. Certain infections require the use of dual therapy antibiotics. If you have any side effects call your physician or pharmacist. Good luck and good health. ...Read more

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How long should I be on ampicillin work for prostatitis or burning after ejaculation?

Complex, contact doc: Prostatitis and painful ejaculation are complex. Maybe STD or seminal vesiculitis instead. Most prostatitis isn't bacterial and no antibiotic helps. For known bacterial infection, ampicillin is not a common drug, not active against many urinary bacteria. If you are self treating, stop the drug and get professional care. If under doc's care, contact the office about duration of Rx and next steps. ...Read more

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What do I do if ampicillin does not work for prostatitis or burning after ejaculation?

Different antibiotic: Ampicillin is not a great choice for adult prostatitis though it does work for some. Sometimes a culture helps, sometimes a trial of another antibiotic is reasonable because some bacteria don't show up on routine cultures (and need special media to grow in culture). Treatment for prostatitis can be of several weeks duration to eliminate the infection. See your doc or get a referral to a urologist ...Read more

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Can gram negative folliculitus be cured? How long is it safe to take ampicillin for this? Likelihood of ampicillin curing GNF? Thanks!

Folliculitis: can be cured with antibiotics, but it can recur. It is usually due to gram positive bacteria (Staphlococci), however, if you are certain that this one is due to gram negative bacteria (by culture), then ampicillin is not the best antibiotic. The physician needs to select an antibiotic that works well for gram negative organisms ...Read more

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I'm on ampicillin for sinusitis but have gotten much worse on it, does that mean that amoxicillin would not work as well? Always taken Amox in past

 I'm on ampicillin for sinusitis but have gotten much worse on it, does that mean that amoxicillin would not work as well?  Always taken Amox in past

Its virus..: If you have sinus infection - it could be VIRAL- antibiotics as Amoxicillin are indicated ONLY for severe BACTERIAL infection. Headache, mucus, drainage is part of congestion better treated with nasal saline rinses, steam inhalation, hydration, rest... symptomatic treatment. Bacteria may be as well resistant since you used Amox too much in past! Consume probiotic rich diet to restore immune system ...Read more

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Will it work to take another week of ampicillin (500 mg) to cure a 2-month long vaginal E. faecalis infection if a 7-day course has had no effect yet?

It depends: It will depend upon whether or not the infection is sensitive to the ampicillin Rx. Your MD should do a vaginal swab for a culture and sensitivity lab specimen to see what the most effective drug to treat the problem is rather than continue to "guess" what might work. Make an appointment with the original MD who gave you the ampicillin and get re-treated as this bacteria comes from the stool. ...Read more

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What are the effects of ampicillin on a menstrual cycle?

What are the effects of ampicillin on a menstrual cycle?

Not : The hormones regulating your cycle are not affected by antibiotics.... ...Read more

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Is ampicillin to take if allergic to erythromycin?

No cross reaction: Ampicillin and other penicillin-type antibiotics have a completely different chemical structure than erythromycin. Thus, the risk for allergic reaction to Ampicillin is no different than your average person. Your doctor can tell you which antibiotic (ampicillin, cipro, (ciprofloxacin) etc.) will be most effective for a given infection (sinus infection vs skin infection, etc.). See your doctor for more info. ...Read more

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Who should not take ampicillin?

Ampicillin: Contraindiations: "Hypersensitivity to penicillins, cephalosporins or imipenem. Oral form not used to treat severe pneumonia, empyema, bacteremia, pericarditis, meningitis, and purulent or septic arthritis during acute stage." See: http://www.drugs.com/ppa/ampicillin.html ...Read more

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Is it bad that I didn't finish taking all the prescribed ampicillin?

Perhaps: Stooping a course of antibiotics before the prescribd time may result is recurrence of the infectin. This is also a common cause of bacterial resistance. People often stop antibiotics when they feel better but relapse. ...Read more

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I've been prescribed ampicillin, and i'm apprehensive to take it. What should I do?

I've been prescribed ampicillin, and i'm apprehensive to take it. What should I do?

Talk to your doctor: This depends on why are you apprehensive to take it, and why you have been prescribed it. Antibiotics can cause serious side effects but are sometimes quite necessary. However, antibiotics are also over-prescribed and at times are given when not really indicated. Taking probiotics often lessens the negative effects. Please discuss your concerns with your doctor or seek a second opinion about this. ...Read more

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How many days to take ampicillin for pneumonia?

How many days to take ampicillin for pneumonia?

Read Instructions: Depends on the bacteria being treated, and its sensitivity to the antibiotic. This was likely taken into account when the medication was prescribed. I would not recommend you try to treat pneumonia without physician guidance. Do not try to use medication prescribed for another illness to treat pneumonia, as it is possible that it will not work, risking severe infection or worse ...Read more

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I just took my second dose of ampicillin is it normal to still feel nauseous?

Common side effect: In general anytime you take antibiotics it is fairly common to have GI side effect from the medicine. Take probiotics (such as yogurt that has live and active cultures on the label.) ...Read more

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Is it ok to empty ampicillin from its capsule, and take it dissolved in water?

Is it ok to empty ampicillin from its capsule, and take it dissolved in water?

Probably fine: It will not go into solution well but it should be absorbed by the body. However, it probably would be best to take it in the original form of a capsule. ...Read more

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Is ampicillin safe for a 14 yr old?

Yes,but: What is your concern. A prescription medication is safe if used as directed for the condition it is prescribed for when the patient is not allergic to that medication.It would not be considered safe if a few left over capsules were given because someone thought it might help a problem.Such random use has delayed patients from accessing proper diagnosis & treatment, occasionally with tragic results. ...Read more

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What is the antibiotic ampicillin for?

Ampicillin: It is used to treat many different types of infection due to certain bacteria. ...Read more

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Is amoxicillin and ampicillin the same?

No/very similar: Amoxicillin and Ampicillin are not the same but they are very similar. Amoxicillin and Ampicillin have an identical bacterial spectrum of activity. Amoxicillin is absorbed better when given by mouth. Ampicillin is available in IV and oral form while Amoxicillin is only given orally. ...Read more

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Does ampicillin improve Accutane results?

No: Accutane is a form of vitamin A that reduces the amount of oil released by oil glands in the skin, and helps to renew itself more quickly. . Systemic antibiotics decrease P. acnes colonization and have intrinsic anti-inflammatory effects to treat acne separate from the action of Accutane. Doxycycline or erythromycin are the common antibiotics that are used not ampicillin ...Read more

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Principen (Definition)

Principen is a third generation penicillin which is a kind of penincillin type drug (anti-bacterial ...Read more


Dr. Adam Levy
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Omnipen (Definition)

Omnipen is a third generation penicillin which is a kind of penincillin type drug (anti-bacterial ...Read more