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Brand name: Bicillin L-A TM

Active ingredients: benzathine benzylpenicillin

What it is used for

Intramuscular benzathine penicillin is indicated in the treatment of infections due to penicillin-sensitive micro-organisms that are susceptible to the low and very prolonged serum levels common to this particular dosage form. Therapy should be guided by bacteriological studies (including sensitivity tests) and by clinical response. The following infections will usually respond to adequate dosage of intramuscular benzathine penicillin: Streptococcal infections (Group A - without bacteraemia). Mild-to-moderate infections of the upper respiratory tract (e.g. pharyngitis). Venereal infections - Syphilis, yaws, bejel and pinta. Medical conditions in which benzathine penicillin therapy is indicated as prophylaxis: Rheumatic fever and/or chorea - Prophylaxis with benzathine penicillin has proven effective in preventing recurrence of these conditions. It has also been used as a follow-up prophylactic therapy for preventing rheumatic heart disease and acute glomerulonephritis.

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: Intramuscular
  • Store at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius
  • Do not Freeze
  • Refrigerate
  • Lifetime is 3 Years.

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

Visual appearance

White fluid suspension

Do I need a prescription?

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

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient benzathine 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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