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Bacampicillin is a prodrug of ampicillin that belongs to the penicillin antibiotic group.
Spectobid (Pfizer), Penglobe (AstraZeneca)
It is a prescription drug that is prescribed for fighting bacterial infections in the body.
The drug is used to treat bacterial infections as well as uncomplicated gonorrhea.
It is also used to treat infections such as bronchitis, tonsillitis, pneumonia, UTI as well as skin infections.
It acts against Gram positive bacteria such as Streptococcus spp., Enterococcus, Listeria monocytogenes
Gram negative bacteria such as H. influenzae, E. coli, Proteus mirabilis, Salmonella spp., Shigella spp.
Bacampicillin is taken with a full glass of water. It can be taken with or without food. Take the drug at evenly spaced intervals during the day and night to balance the medicine level in the blood.
Common and mild side effects of the bacampicillin that one may experience include:
Some severe side effects of bacampicillin that require immediate medical attention include:
Do not take the medicine if you are allergic to penicillin or other penicillin products.
Do not take the medicine if you are pregnant without speaking to your doctor. Bacampicillin falls under the FDA pregnancy category B. This means, it is not harmful for the baby, but requires medical opinion before taking the medicine.
Also, the drug tends to lower the effectiveness of the birth control pills. Thus, if you are not planning on pregnancy, make sure you use other methods of prevention while using bacampicillin.
Bacampicillin is excreted through breast milk. Thus, speak to your doctor before taking bacampicillin, if you are nursing a baby.
Tell your doctor about any underlying kidney disease, stomach disease or infectious mononucleosis. This is because such conditions may increase your chances of side effects.
Take the dose as soon as you remember it. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one missed. Never double dose on bacampicillin.
Symptoms of overdose include pain in muscle, pain in fingers and toes, loss of feeling in the fingers or toes, seizures, coma, confusion, agitation, muscle spasms.
If these symptoms are experienced, call the emergency medical care immediately.
Bacampicillin can decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills. It also decreases the immunological response to typhoid vaccine. Also tell your doctor if you are taking or have very recently taken any of the following drugs:
White, film-coated tablets
In case of susceptible infections the patient is given 400-800mg of bacampicillin 2 to 3 times a day.
In case of uncomplicated gonorrhea with probenecid, 1.6 g bacampicillin as a single dose.
Store bacampicillin at room temperature in a cool and dry place.
Additional information, if any
Diabetics may get a false positive result after taking bacampicillin.
Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: June 18, 2015
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