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Brand name: Benpen TM

Active ingredients: benzylpenicillin

What it is used for

Benzylpenicillin is bactericidal and is active against most Gram-positive organisms. It is also active against spirochaetes such as Treponema pallidum. Benzylpenicillin may also be used for the prevention of bacterial endocarditis in dental and upper respiratory tract procedures and prevention of wound infections and sepsis in surgical procedures where the likely pathogens are streptococci.

How to take it

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

  • The way to take this medicine: Intravenous
  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Moisture
  • Protect from Light
  • Lifetime is 5 Years.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

A fine white to off white homogenous powder

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Is this medicine subsidised?

This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 October 2018. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient benzylpenicillin

This medicine is generally considered safe during pregnancy if taken as directed. During pregnancy, you should discuss your medicine use with your doctor or pharmacist.

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For side effects, taking other medicines and more

Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

Disclaimer

The information about this medicine comes from trusted sources.

  • Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
  • Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
  • GuildLink
  • DrugBank

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