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Ampicillin use in acne

SKIN The journal of cutaneous medicine

A retrospective study demonstrating ampicillin helped reduce acne lesions.

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Current issues in antimicrobial therapy for the treatment of acne.

Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology

P. acnes exhibits high in vitro sensitivity to a wide range of antimicrobials including ampicillin.

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Comparative effectiveness of tetracycline and ampicillin in rosacea: a controlled trial.

The Lancet

Both tetracycline and ampicillin significantly reduced the number of rosacea lesions compared to placebo; there was no statistically significant difference between tetracycline and ampicillin.

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Usefulness of ampicillin in treatment of acne vulgaris

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

In a letter to the editor, ampicillin was described as a safe and effective treatment for mild-to-moderate inflammatory acne.

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Usefulness of ampicillin in the treatment of acne vulgaris.

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

Ampicillin can be safely used to treat severe acne during pregnancy or lactation.

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IngredientsAmpicillin

Amp

Oral Medication

C16H19N3O4S

Oral medication icon clear backgroundBlack, pill shaped outline with white background.

TARGETS:

Inflammation IconBlack like with a bump in the middle and a copy of that bump offset above the line.

Inflammation

AcneVarious circles filled in black and white used to represent a digital version of hormonal acne.

Acne-causing bacteria

BENEFITS:

Improves mild-to-moderate acne and rosacea

Reduces acne located on the chest and back

Helps get active acne under control while topical treatments kick in

2019

Ampicillin use in acne

SKIN The journal of cutaneous medicine

2002

Current issues in antimicrobial therapy for the treatment of acne.

Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology

1971

Comparative effectiveness of tetracycline and ampicillin in rosacea: a controlled trial.

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The Lancet

1983

Usefulness of ampicillin in treatment of acne vulgaris

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

1984

Usefulness of ampicillin in the treatment of acne vulgaris.

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology

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SIDE EFFECTS


Common side effects of ampicillin include diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Other possible side effects include abdominal pain, rash/hives, and mouth/tongue sores. This medication may rarely cause a severe intestinal infection (Clostridium-dificile associated diarrhea). Symptoms may include persistent diarrhea, abdominal pain/cramping, and blood/mucus in your stool. This medication should not be taken if you are allergic to penicillin or have infectious mononucleosis. Allergic reaction to this medication is rare. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching/swelling (especially of face/tongue/throat), dizziness and trouble breathing. Should you become pregnant, please stop this medication and check in with your dermatologist.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Contact your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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