A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
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Ampicillin is a prescription antibiotic used to treat different types of bacterial infections. It is more commonly used as a “step down” after intravenous (IV) ampicillin to continue treatment of an ongoing infection.
The oral (capsule) version is indicated to treat:
Ampicillin belongs to the penicillin family of antibacterial agents. It works by preventing bacteria from forming a bacterial cell wall. Without a cell wall, the bacteria’s natural protection breaks down, and they stop growing.
Take ampicillin exactly as directed by your healthcare provider. The dose will vary depending on the type and severity of the infection.
The normal ampicillin dose is three to four times per day.
Ampicillin is available in 250 mg and 500 mg capsules.
Ampicillin is a generic drug, and the active ingredient is ampicillin.
Ampicillin has many potential drug-drug interactions. Tell your doctor and pharmacist about everything you are taking before starting this medication. Common interactions include:
A rash is a common side effect of ampicillin and is commonly confused with a hypersensitivity reaction (allergic reaction). Your healthcare provider should carefully evaluate the rash if it develops.
Use caution if you have kidney problems.
Long-term use of ampicillin can cause the bacterial infection C.diff. Tell your doctor if you have prolonged severe diarrhea while using this medication.
The most common Ampicillin side effects may include:
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