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Usual Dosing (Adults)
(IV): 500mg to 2 grams IV q4-6h. [Severe infection]: 2 grams IV q4h (150-200mg/kg/day).
(Oral): 250mg to 500mg orally q6h (50-100mg/kg/ day).
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION ADULTS AND CHILDREN WEIGHING OVER 20 KG: For genitourinary or gastrointestinal tract infections other than gonorrhea in men and women, the usual dose is 500 mg qid in equally spaced doses; severe or chronic infections may require larger doses. For the treatment of gonorrhea in both men and women, a single oral dose of 3.5 grams of ampicillin administered simultaneously with 1 gram of probenecid is recommended. Physicians are cautioned to use no less than the above recommended dosage for the treatment of gonorrhea. Follow-up cultures should be obtained from the original site(s) of infection 7 to 14 days after therapy. In women, it is also desirable to obtain culture test-of-cure from both the endocervical and anal canals. Prolonged intensive therapy is needed for complications such as prostatitis and epididymitis.
For respiratory tract infections, the usual dose is 250 mg qid in equally spaced doses.
CHILDREN WEIGHING 20 KG OR LESS: For genitourinary or gastrointestinal tract infections, the usual dose is 100 mg/kg/day total, qid in equally divided and spaced doses. For respiratory infections, the usual dose is 50 mg/kg/day total, in equally divided and spaced doses three to four times daily. Doses for children should not exceed doses recommended for adults.
ALL PATIENTS, IRRESPECTIVE OF AGE AND WEIGHT: Larger doses may be required for severe or chronic infections. Although ampicillin is resistant to degradation by gastric acid, it should be administered at least one-half hour before or two hours after meals for maximal absorption. Except for the single dose regimen for gonorrhea referred to above, therapy should be continued for a minimum of 48 to 72 hours after the patient becomes asymptomatic or evidence of bacterial eradication has been obtained. In infections caused by hemolytic strains of streptococci, a minimum of 10 days’ treatment is recommended to guard against the risk of rheumatic fever of glomerulonephritis. In the treatment of chronic urinary or gastrointestinal infections, frequent bacteriologic and clinical appraisal is necessary during therapy and may be necessary for several months afterwards. Stubborn infections may require treatment for several weeks. Smaller doses than those indicated above should not be used.
Oral / IV: [CRCL >50]: no change.
[30-49 ml/min]: q6-8 hours.
[10-29 ml/min]: q8-12 hours.
[<10 ml/min]: q12-24 hours.
[<10 ml/min]: Give usual dose every 12-24 hours. Schedule dose after dialysis on dialysis days.
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