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- What is ampicillin?
- Is ampicillin available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for ampicillin?
- Why is ampicillin prescribed to patients?
- What are the side effects of ampicillin?
- What is the dosage for ampicillin?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with ampicillin?
- Is ampicillin safe to use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about ampicillin?
Do I need a prescription for ampicillin?
Why is ampicillin prescribed to patients?
Ampicillin is used for treating infections of the middle ear, sinuses, stomach and intestines, bladder, and kidney caused by susceptible bacteria. It also is used for treating uncomplicated gonorrhea, meningitis, endocarditis and other serious infections. Because of the increased use of antibiotics, many bacterial strains have become resistant to penicillins; bacteria causing serious infections should be tested for resistance against penicillins and other antibiotics.
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