What is Benzylpenicillin Benzyl Penicillin (Penicillin G)?
Penicillin G benzathine is a slow-onset antibiotic that is used to treat many types of mild to moderate infections caused by bacteria, including strep infections or syphilis. Penicillin G benzathine is also used to prevent the symptoms of rheumatic fever. Penicillin G benzathine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Benzylpenicillin, also known as penicillin G or Benpen, is an antibiotic used to treat a number of bacterial infections. This includes pneumonia, strep throat, syphilis, necrotizing enterocolitis, diphtheria, gas gangrene, leptospirosis, cellulitis, and tetanus. It is not a first-line agent for pneumococcal meningitis. Benzylpenicillin is given by injection into a vein or muscle. Two long-acting forms benzathine benzylpenicillin and procaine benzylpenicillin are available for use by injection into a muscle.
Side effects include diarrhea, seizures, and allergic reactions including anaphylaxis. When used to treat syphilis or Lyme disease a reaction known as Jarisch–Herxheimer may occur. It is not recommended in those with a history of penicillin allergy. Use during pregnancy is generally the penicillin and β-lactam class of medications.
Penicillins are used to treat infections caused by bacteria. They work by killing the bacteria or preventing their growth. There are several different kinds of penicillins. Each is used to treat different kinds of infections. One kind of penicillin usually may not be used in place of another. In addition, penicillins are used to treat bacterial infections in many different parts of the body. They are sometimes given other antibacterial medicines (antibiotics). Some of the penicillins may also be used for other problems as determined by your doctor. However, none of the penicillins will work for colds, flu, or other virus infections.
Benzylpenicillin is an antibiotic medicine that can be used to treat many different infections caused by bacteria. It works by stopping the growth of the bacteria causing the infection. It usually makes you feel better quite quickly. You must continue the treatment as prescribed even when you feel better, to make sure that all bacteria are killed and do not become resistant.