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Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S

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FORMULAAmpicillin 500 mg + Cloxacillin 500 mg
COMPANYGSK Consumer Healthcare
TYPECapsule
About

ABOUT

Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S belongs to a class of drugs called “beta-lactam antibacterials/penicillins” whose working action is categorized as broad-spectrum. Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S is used to treat various bacterial infections, such as chest infections (including pneumonia), urinary tract infections, dental abscesses, ear infections, wound infections, septicemia, bone infections. Moreover, Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S has some obstetric applications such as puerperal fever following delivery of the baby. Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S is an antibiotic from the penicillin group of medicines that works by preventing the formation of the protective bacterial wall, essential for the survival of the bacteria. 

Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S is chemically composed of ampicillin and cloxacillin. It is effective against a variety of gram-positive and gram-negative infections. Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S works by targeting bacterial cell walls, leading to bacterial cell death. Dosage of Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S depends on age, body weight, the severity of the condition, patient's response to the medicine, and their comorbidities.

It is available on prescription, as capsules, oral drops, suspension, and as an injection, to be used as per prescription. Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S is the best-prescribed for the treatment of bacterial infections in patients who are not allergic to Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S or penicillin groups of drugs. In children, it is also based on their weight. Common side effects of this medication are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, oral ulcers, etc.

Indications

It is used in the treatment of:

  • Infections of the respiratory tract (nose, throat, larynx, trachea, bronchi, and lungs)
  • ENT (eyes, nose, and throat) infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Skin and soft tissue infections.
  • Dental infections (dental abscesses - buildup of pus inside teeth and gums)
  • Gonorrhea (sexually transmitted diseases)
  • Meningitis 
  • Prophylaxis of bacterial endocarditis (bacterial infection of the inner layer of the heart or heart valves)
  • Septicemia 
  • Post-surgical infections
  • Wound infections 

How does Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S work

Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S is a combination antibiotic from the penicillin group of medicines that works by preventing the formation of the protective bacterial cell wall, essential for the survival of the bacteria. Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S also contains cloxacillin, responsible for countering beta-lactamase, associated with penicillin resistance. In combination with Ampicillin, Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S can target resistant bacteria as well including methicillin-resistant strains (MRSA).

How To Use Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S

Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S is to be ingested orally (by mouth) twice or thrice, daily, or as directed by the doctor. It can be ingested preferably without food, for better absorption of the medicine takes it at least 1 hour before your meal. The patient is advised to take each dose at the same time each day keeping an 8–12-hour gap in between each dose. If you miss a dose of the medication, make sure you take it as soon as possible on that same day. If you don’t remember taking your dose on schedule until the next dose time or the next day, do not double the dose and take your medication as per prescribed timings. Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S is to be ingested for a specific number of days determined by the physician depending on the patient’s illness and their response to treatment. It is imperative not to stop Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S earlier than the specified time as that may lead to a return of the infection or ineffective therapy in the future due to bacterial resistance.

Available Potencies and Forms

Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S is available as capsule, tablets, suspensions, drops in the following potencies:

  • Capsules     

                     -250 mg + 250 mg

                     -500 mg + 500 mg

  • Suspension   

                     - 250 mg / 5 ml + Cloxacillin 250 mg / 5 ml

  • Oral Drops   

                 - 90 mg / 0.6 ml + Cloxacillin 90 mg / 0.6 ml

Dosage

Adult Dose

Mild to moderate infections: 250 - 500 mg oral capsules, 6 - 8 hourly.

An acute flare-up of chronic infections: 500 mg oral capsules, 8 -12 hourly.

Severe infections: 1-2 grams every 6 -10 hourly or as suggested by the doctor.

Duration of antibiotic therapy varies with existing infection, generally, it is taken for 7-10 days.

Pediatric Dose

Recommended drug for use in neonates up to 2 years is in form of oral drops. Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S cannot be consumed easily for younger children. For older children usually Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S is prescribed according to the weight. 12 years and above may be able to take capsules.

Mild- moderate Infection: 250 mg capsules two to three times in divided doses 6-8 hourly.

Moderate - severe infection: 500 mg capsules two to three times in divided doses 6-8 hourly.

Elderly Dose

As such no major risk or toxicity is imposed in the elderly, however since the majority of this drug is removed by the kidney; any comorbidities and kidney function must be considered before starting the therapy. Dose adjustment is required in such cases.

Pregnancy Use and Lactation

Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S is classified as a pregnancy category B drug by the FDA (meaning no evidence of any risk in controlled animal trials but regarding the human fetus, insufficient data is available. It is advised if you are pregnant or are planning to conceive, please consult your doctor before using Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S. Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S is also secreted in human milk, if you are breastfeeding, please consult your doctor before taking Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S. 

Contraindications

Please tell your doctor if you have a history of any of the following before using Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S:

  • Allergy to Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S or other penicillins
  • kidney impairment
  • Severe liver disease
  • History of Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S associated or penicillin associated jaundice or hepatic (liver) dysfunction.
  • Infectious mononucleosis (glandular fever caused by EBV virus).
  • have recently had, or are about to have, any vaccinations as it may decrease the effectiveness of the vaccine.
  • Hereditary phenylketonuria (The liquid form is not suitable as it may contain aspartame which may be harmful to you)
  • Immunizations /live bacterial vaccines such as Typhoid vaccine

Precautions

Please tell your doctor about any of the following conditions before using Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S:

  • History of allergy to antibiotics and drugs
  • Mild to moderate liver impairment
  • Mild to moderate kidney impairment
  • Conditions such as mononucleosis caused by EBV or leukemia, affecting the lymphoid gland, there is a risk of having toxic reactions in such patients. Report to your doctor if you notice a rash on the skin, pruritis, or any unusual symptom
  • Long-term use of Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S can put you at risk of developing inflammation of the intestine (Pseudomembranous colitis). If you experience unusual diarrhea or prolonged diarrhea with Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S, report to your doctor immediately
  • There can be a superimposed infection with opportunistic microbes, consult your doctor if you notice increased or an unusual infection
  • Neonates must be monitored carefully for jaundiced appearance other than physiological jaundice. Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S has the potential to raise blood bilirubin levels
  • It is a good approach to regularly monitor kidney, liver, and blood cell function and bilirubin if you are on long-term prescription with Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S
  • Cloxacillin, contained in Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S may interfere with urine-based diabetic tests. Make sure to provide a complete list of your current medicines to the lab personnel.
  • In case of moderate to severe infections, avoid getting vaccine shots till you have completed the antibiotic cover to avoid unpleasant results

Interaction with other medications

Certain medications could interact with Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S, hence, in that case, your doctor might alter your dosage, so please inform your doctor about the use of the following before taking Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S:

  • Anticoagulants such as warfarin
  • Sulphonamides 
  • Acetylsalicylic acid
  • Allopurinol and probenecid (used to treat gout)
  • Tetracyclines
  • Methotrexate (used to treat cancer or rheumatic diseases)
  • Other antibiotics

Adverse effects

Like most medicines, Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S has some side effects which include:

Common Side Effects

  • Nausea 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Abdominal pain
  • Skin rash
  • Pruritis

Serious Side Effects

  • Hypersensitivity/allergic skin reactions
  • Hepatitis (inflamed or infected liver)
  • Cholestatic jaundice 
  • Haematological (blood-related) and CNS effects
  • Pseudomembranous colitis (inflamed large intestine)
  • Oral ulcers 
  • Agranulocytosis/ hemolytic anemia
  • Increased INR 
  • Bruising or skin discoloration

How to cope with some of the adverse effects

  • Nausea (feeling sick) - Take Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S with meals to avoid feeling sick.
  • Vomiting/Diarrhea - Keep yourself hydrated by having lots of fluids and if the problem persists, consult your doctor before taking any medication for vomiting and diarrhea
  • Skin Rash- This can be eased by applying soothing and healing lotions or creams such as calamine lotion/cream. Apply a cold compress to the rash to help reduce itchiness and redness caused by the rash. Antihistamine (prescribed by a doctor) is also recommended as an effective way to combat any skin rash.
  • Oral Thrush- This can develop in cases of prolonged antibiotic therapy, consult your doctor if this happens. Usually, patients are advised to swish and spit through their oral cavities with dispersible antifungal tablets or drops/ mouthwash as prescribed by a doctor, at least twice daily after ingesting Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S

FAQs

#1. What Exactly Does Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S Do?

Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S is an antibiotic from the penicillin group of medicines that works by preventing the formation of the protective bacterial wall, essential for the survival of the bacteria, 

#2. How Long Does It Take For Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S To Start Working?

Antibiotics start working almost immediately. It takes around an hour for Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S to reach peak levels in your body. However, you will feel symptom relief and show improvement within 1-3 days of taking Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S.

#3. For How Long Will I Have to Take Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S?

The duration for using Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S depends on the type and severity of the infection. You will probably be prescribed to take it for 5-14 days. If you do not feel better after completing your course of medicine, or if you feel worse at any time, contact your doctor.

#4. Can I Stop Taking Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S?

Do not just stop taking the medicine, make sure to complete your treatment course even if you feel better. Stopping it suddenly may cause the bacteria to start multiplying again and the infection could come back. The bacteria could also develop resistance to the antibiotic which will make it ineffective in the future.

#5. Can I Drink Alcohol With Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S?

Consuming alcohol when taking Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S is not known to cause any problems. However, it is a good practice to avoid consuming it simultaneously 

#6. What If I Take Too Much Of Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S?

If you have taken one extra dose of Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S it is unlikely to harm you. Side effects of taking Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S more than the prescribed dose are upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Contact your doctor immediately if you have taken 2 or more doses and experience any serious symptoms. 

#7. What If I Forget to Take Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S?

In case you miss a dose, take your next dose on time and do not try making up for the missed dose by doubling it up. If it helps to remind you, set an alarm, mobile phone application, or a pill organizer, so you do not miss any dose. Make sure to complete your course of treatment even if you feel better and think you do not need to take it anymore.

#8. Can I Take Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding?

If you are pregnant or are planning to conceive a baby, please consult your doctor before using Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S. If you are breastfeeding, please consult your doctor before taking Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S.

#9. Is It Safe to Use Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S For A Long Term?

Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S is usually generally recommended for 5-14 days, therefore, do not take it for any longer than the prescribed period. 

#10. What If Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S Gives Me Thrush?

At times people develop a fungal infection called thrush after taking a course of antibiotics like Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S. This is because antibiotics kill the normal harmless bacteria that help to protect you against such infections to allow opportunistic microbes to show overgrowth. Antifungal rinses prescribed by the doctor will help treat this

#11. Can I Drive or Ride A Bike After Taking Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S?

Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S shouldn't affect your being able to drive or ride a bike. If you experience dizziness kindly avoid such activities

#12. How Should Ampiclox 500mg Capsule 20 'S Be Stored?

Keep the medicine tightly closed in the packet it came in. Store it at room temperature, away from excess heat and moisture. Do not freeze the liquid form of the medication. Make sure it is not consumed by pets, children, and other people. Dispose of the unused medicine. Inform your doctor immediately if you experience any of the serious side effects.

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