1. Take medication 1 hr before or 2 hr after meals.
2. Teach person administering drug the appropriate method for administration and storage.
3. Take for the prescribed number of days even if the symptoms subside to prevent drug resistance.
4. Ampicillin chewable tablets should not be swallowed whole.
5. Do not save for future use or share with family members/friends who have similar symptoms.
6. May decrease effectiveness of oral contraceptives; practice alternative method of contraception during therapy.
7. Report any "ampicillin rashes"; a dull, red, itchy, flat or raised rash occurs more often with this drug than with other penicillins and is usually benign. If a late skin rash develops with symptoms of fever, fatigue, sore throat, generalized lymphade-nopathy, and enlarged spleen, a heterophil antibody test may be considered to rule out mononucleosis.
8. Notify dentist if the infection is still present after three days of therapy.
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