Campicillin (Ampicillin) is an antibiotic belonging to the penicillin family. It works by attacking bacteria and killing them using its active ingredient ampicillin. Specifically, campicillin destroys the ability for the bacterium to form cell walls exposing them to damage hence preventing further infection. It is served in tablet form to treat the diseases named above, e.g., E. coli, pneumonia, bronchitis, etc. The advantage with campicillin is that it works against all gram positive bacteria and some gram negative strains. This gives it a broader scope making it usable for a large number of diseases. It cannot, however, be used to treat viral conditions like the common cold and the flu.
How to use Campicillin
This drug is taken orally, and the usual dosage is every six hours although the doctor can prescribe a different dosage. Consult with the doctor to receive the correct instructions on dosage and duration. The dosage and the duration of the treatment will depend on the condition and the patient’s response to treatment. You should take campicillin tablets with a glass of water and preferably on an empty stomach so that it can be fully absorbed into the bloodstream.
The doctor will prescribe campicillin for bacterial infections, and the dosage should be taken as prescribed. Regardless if the symptoms go away, you should take the medication until you’ve finished all the tablets. When medication is stopped suddenly, the infection can return being more severe, and the bacteria can develop immunity against the drug. Similarly, missing a dose requires you to take it immediately you remember unless it coincides with the next dose. This denies the bacteria the chance to develop immunity.
Campicillin Side Effects
Patients who use campicillin can experience side effects such as diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, sores on the tongue and mouth, skin reactions (including itchiness), colitis and jaundice. Other side effects include stomach pain, itchiness of and discharge from the vagina, loose stool and thrush. Inform your doctor of side effects as they occur so they can evaluate if you can continue with treatment. If you develop blisters and bruises on the skin, fever, experience changes in the frequency of urination or any other side effects not listed, immediately inform the doctor.
In case you have an allergy to campicillin or other penicillin-based antibiotics, alert your doctor before getting the prescription. Signs of an allergic reaction include hives, skin rashes, shortness of breath, difficulty in swallowing and swelling of the face, lips, and limbs. Patients undergoing treatment for infections can be called to the doctor’s office as the treatment continues. If you are using other medication, herbal medicine or supplements, notify the doctor beforehand to prevent negative reactions and side effects. Pregnant women or those planning to be should consult with the doctor as should breastfeeding mothers because of potential harm to the fetus/ baby.