Procaine penicillin

    • What type of medicine is this?

    • Procaine penicillin is a drug that stops bacteria from growing in your body while also reducing the pain you feel from taking the injection. You can only get it when your healthcare provider prescribes it.

      The medicine is in a class of drugs called penicillin antibiotics. It helps stop bacterial infections in the blood or when they are in your skin or bones.

    • What is the medicine used for?

    • Procaine penicillin is a drug used to treat serious infections caused by bacteria. This medicine will not work for infections caused by a virus, like the common cold. This medicine will only be given to you if you have a prescription from your healthcare provider.

      You should not take this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to it before because it can cause a worse allergic reaction.

    • How to take this medicine?

      • You can only take procaine penicillin as an injection. Your healthcare provider gives you this injection or asks a trained professional to give it to you. 
      • Do not skip your injection appointments even if you feel better before the end of your required dose. Doing so may put you at risk of an infection that is difficult to treat.
    • What are the side-effects?

    • You may experience mild unpleasant effects of this medicine. They will usually go away within 2 to 3 days. You should mention these or other unpleasant effects to your healthcare provider, especially if it stays longer than a week. 

      Here are examples of some common side effects you may experience:

      • You may feel like vomiting and vomit.
      • You may feel pain where you got the injection or notice that the place begins to swell.

      Look out for signs of serious side-effects that may occur with this medicine, which include:

      • You may suddenly find it difficult to breathe or notice some swellings on your face, lips and eyes.
      • Your skin may peel off or grow darker.
    • What to know before taking this medicine?

    • You must inform your healthcare provider if you have any disease condition. This will help them check your risk for any severe unpleasant effect.

        • Do not take procaine penicillin if you had a drug reaction to it before, like a rash that went away when you stopped taking it.
        • Tell your healthcare provider if you have had another drug reaction before, even if unrelated to this one.
        • If you are currently taking other medicines, you must tell your healthcare provider. For example, other drugs that kill bacteria or contraceptives.
        • If you have kidney problems or asthma, your healthcare provider may adjust your dose.
        • Procaine penicillin can be passed in your breastmilk. Therefore, do not take this medicine while breastfeeding.