A patient prescribed ampicillin is receiving instructions on administration. The nurse should warn the patient about which common, but non-life-threatening, side effect?

Rash & pruritus

Explanation

• A pruritic rash that does not represent a true allergy commonly occurs with ampicillin. The rash is not life-threatening and will disappear with discontinuation of the drug.

• Incorrect: Constipation, bronchospasms, and headaches are not associated with ampicillin.

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