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What is the difference between Ampicillin and Amoxicillin?

Asked by B. Wright, Last updated: Aug 06, 2019

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J. Lautner

J. LautnerProduct Manager, Utah
Product Manager, Utah

Answered on Aug 06, 2019

Ampicillin and Amoxicillin are two types of antibiotics with almost similar composition. Both Ampicillin and Amoxicillin are very much available in the market. Both drugs help in combating the activities of harmful bacteria in the body. Amoxicillin is like a generic name for drugs like Amoxil, Alphamox, and Dispermox. All these brands of Amoxicillin are used in the treatment of bacterial infections, and they are very effective in treating bacterial infections. Ampicillin, on the other hand, is also an antibiotic and is like a generic name for drugs like Polycillin, Principen, and Omnipen.

Amoxicillin works by penetrating into the cell wall through the linear peptidoglycan polymer chain of Gram-negative and positive bacteria. Ampicillin, on the other hand, works by destroying transpeptidase. This substance is needed by the bacteria to build up the membrane that surrounds them. However, when both are used together, they work by preventing the formation of cell walls that act as a protection to the bacteria

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H. Barnes

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H. BarnesUnemployed, Barnes, Atlanta
Unemployed, Barnes, Atlanta

Answered on Jul 26, 2019

Ampicillin and Amoxicillin are two types of antibiotics to treat bacterial infections. They are both low in cost and effective in their treatment. Amoxicillin is usually the first choice to treat infections. They are also both available in generic forms.

Along with their generic forms, both are available as a liquid or capsule, while Amoxicillin is also available as a tablet. While they both treat bacterial infections, the type of infections they treat is also different. Ampicillin treats infections like gastrointestinal tract and respiratory tract infections, while Amoxicillin treats ear and nose infections. They both can be used to treat urinary tract infections.

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