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Unasyn (Ampicillin/Sulbactam) – 3gm 10 Vials

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What is ampicillin/sulbactam
injection?
AMPICILLIN/SULBACTAM (Unasyn®) is a combination
penicillin antibiotic. Ampicillin kills bacteria that cause infection, or stops
the growth of bacteria. Sulbactam helps the ampicillin to work better. Ampicillin/sulbactam
treats many kinds of infections of the skin, tissues, and stomach. It also
treats certain infections in women (gynecological infections). Generic ampicillin/sulbactam injection is available.

What should I tell my health care
provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
•asthma
•eczema
•kidney disease
•leukemia
•mononucleosis
•stomach problems (especially colitis)
•virus infection
•other chronic illness
•an unusual or allergic reaction to ampicillin,
other penicillins, imipenem,
cephalosporin antibiotics, foods, dyes, or preservatives
•breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?
Ampicillin is for injection into a muscle or a vein, or for infusion into a
vein. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Use your doses at
regular intervals. Do not use your medicine more often than directed. Finish
the full course prescribed by your prescriber or health care professional even
if you think your condition is better. Do not stop using except on your prescriber’s advice.

Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this
medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your
next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What drug(s) may interact with ampicillin/sulbactam?
allopurinol
•certain antibiotics given by injection
•female hormones, including contraceptive or birth control pills
methotrexate
probenecid

Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you
are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or
herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you
are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you
use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with
your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your
medicines.

What side effects may I notice
from using ampicillin/sulbactam?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care
professional as soon as possible:
•difficulty breathing, wheezing
•dark yellow or brown urine
•dizziness
•fever or chills, sore throat
•headache
•pain, swelling and irritation at the injection site
•passing urine less often
•redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside
the mouth
•seizures (convulsions)
•skin rash, itching
•stomach pain or cramps
•swelling
•severe or watery diarrhea
•unusual bleeding or bruising
•unusual weakness or tiredness

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your
prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
•diarrhea
•loss of appetite
•nausea, vomiting
•sore mouth

What should I watch for while
taking ampicillin/sulbactam?
Tell your prescriber or health care professional if your symptoms do not
improve in 2 or 3 days.

If you are diabetic and taking large doses of ampicillin,
you may get a false-positive result for sugar in your urine. Check with your
prescriber or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose
of your diabetic medicine.

If you get severe or watery diarrhea, do not treat yourself. Call your
prescriber or health care professional for advice.

If you get a skin rash, do not treat yourself. Call your prescriber or health
care professional for advice.

Birth control pills (contraceptive pills) may not work properly while you are
taking this medicine. Use another method of birth control for at least one
month.

Where can I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.

After mixing the injection solution use within 1 hour, unless
otherwise directed by the manufacturer.
Throw away any unused injection
solution.

 

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