Generic Name: bacampicillin (ba kam pi SILL in)Brand Names: Spectrobid
Bacampicillin is an antibiotic in the class of drugs called penicillins. It fights bacteria in the body.
Bacampicillin is used to treat many different types of infections, such as tonsillitis, pneumonia, bronchitis, urinary tract infections, gonorrhea, and infections of the skin.
Bacampicillin may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, stomach or intestinal disease, or infectious mononucleosis. You may not be able to take bacampicillin because of an increased risk of side effects.
If you are a diabetic, some glucose urine tests may give false positive results while you are taking bacampicillin.Bacampicillin is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not, however, take bacampicillin without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. Bacampicillin passes into breast milk and may affect a nursing baby, although it is not expected to be harmful. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Take bacampicillin exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.Take each dose with a full glass of water.
Bacampicillin can be taken with or without food.
Bacampicillin should be taken at evenly spaced intervals throughout the day and night to keep the medicine level in your blood high enough to treat the infection.Take all of the bacampicillin that has been prescribed for you even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may start to improve before the infection is completely treated.
It is important to take bacampicillin regularly to get the most benefit.Store the tablets at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
See also: Bacampicillin dosage in more detail
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the dose you missed and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
If you have only missed one dose, take the rest of the scheduled doses for the day at evenly spaced intervals.
Symptoms of an bacampicillin overdose include muscle spasms or weakness, pain or twitching, pain in the fingers or toes, loss of feeling in the fingers or toes, seizures, confusion, coma, and agitation.
an allergic reaction (shortness of breath; closing of the throat; hives; swelling of the lips, face, or tongue; rash; or fainting);
severe watery diarrhea and abdominal cramps; or
unusual bleeding or bruising.
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take bacampicillin and talk to your doctor if you experience
mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain;
white patches on the tongue (thrush/yeast infection);
itching or discharge of the vagina (vaginal yeast infection); or
black, "hairy" tongue or sore mouth or tongue.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
Usual Adult Dose for Upper Respiratory Tract Infection:
400 to 800 mg orally every 12 hours for 7 to 10 days, depending on the nature and severity of the infection.Bacampicillin is no longer marketed in the US.
Usual Adult Dose for Gonococcal Infection -- Uncomplicated:
1.6 g orally plus 1 g probenecid as a single dose.Bacampicillin is no longer marketed in the US.
Usual Adult Dose for Otitis Media:
400 to 800 mg orally every 12 hours for 10 to 14 days, depending on the nature and severity of the infection.Bacampicillin is no longer marketed in the US.
Usual Adult Dose for Cystitis:
400 mg orally every 12 hours for 3 to 7 days, depending on the nature and severity of the infection.Bacampicillin is no longer marketed in the US.
Usual Adult Dose for Pneumonia:
800 mg orally every 12 hours. Therapy should continue for 7 days if pneumococcal pneumonia is suspected or up to 21 days if other organisms are responsible.Bacampicillin is no longer marketed in the US.
Usual Adult Dose for Skin or Soft Tissue Infection:
400 to 800 mg orally every 12 hours for 7 to 10 days or for 3 days after acute inflammation resolves, depending on the nature and severity of the infection.Bacampicillin is no longer marketed in the US.
Usual Pediatric Dose for Skin and Structure Infection:
Children >25 kg: 25 mg/kg/day in 2 equally divided doses at 12 hour intervals.Bacampicillin is no longer marketed in the US.
Usual Pediatric Dose for Pneumonia:
Children >25 kg: 50 mg/kg/day in 2 equally divided doses at 12 hour intervals.Bacampicillin is no longer marketed in the US.
Before taking bacampicillin, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following drugs:
cholestyramine (Questran) or colestipol (Colestid);
methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall);
another antibiotic (for the same or for a different infection) such as erythromycin (Ery-Tab, E-Mycin, E.E.S., others), tetracycline (Sumycin, others), minocycline (Minocin), doxycycline (Doryx, Vibramycin, others), or any other antibiotic.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with bacampicillin. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products.
Bacampicillin is available with a prescription under the brand name Spectrobid. Other brand or generic formulations may also be available. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about this medication, especially if it is new to you.
Spectrobid 400 mg--oblong, white, film-coated tablets