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Penicillin G

Penicillin G

What Is Penicillin G Potassium?

Penicillin G potassium is a fast-acting antibiotic that fights bacteria in your body.Penicillin G potassium is used to treat many different types of severe infections, including strep and staph infections, diphtheria, meningitis, gonorrhea, and syphilis.Penicillin G potassium is also used to prevent infections of the heart valves in people with certain heart conditions who need to have dental work or surgery.Penicillin G potassium may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

Penicillin G Potassium Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

  • Call your doctor at once if you have:
  • the first sign of any skin rash, no matter how mild;
  • red or scaly skin;
  • fever, chills, swollen glands, muscle or joint pain, fast heartbeats, general ill feeling;
  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
  • severe stomach pain, diarrhea that is watery or bloody;
  • little or no urinating;
  • bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness;
  • seizure (convulsions); or
  • unusual changes in mood or behavior.

Penicillin G Potassium Dosage

Penicillin G potassium is injected into a muscle or into a vein through an IV. You may be shown how to use an injection at home. Do not self-inject this medicine if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of used needles, IV tubing, and other items used to inject the medicine.

Penicillin G potassium may also be injected into the membrane surrounding the lungs, or into the fluid surrounding the spinal cord. A healthcare provider will give you this type of injection.

Penicillin G potassium is a powder medicine that must be mixed with a liquid (solvent) before using it. If you are using the injections at home, be sure you understand how to properly mix and store the medicine.

Why is this medication prescribed?

Penicillin G injection is used to treat and prevent certain infections caused by bacteria. Penicillin G injection is in a class of medications called penicillins. It works by killing bacteria that cause infections.

Antibiotics such as penicillin G injection will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections. Taking antibiotics when they are not needed increases your risk of getting an infection later that resists antibiotic treatment.

How should this medicine be used?

Penicillin G injection comes as a powder to be mixed with water and as a premixed product. Penicillin G injection is usually injected into a muscle or vein but may also be given directly into the lining of the chest cavity, into the fluid surrounding the spinal cord, or into a joint or other areas. The number of doses you receive each day and the total length of your treatment depend on your general health, the type of infection that you have, and how well you respond to the medication.

You may receive penicillin G injection in a hospital or you may administer the medication at home. If you will be receiving penicillin G injection at home, your healthcare provider will show you how to use the medication. Be sure that you understand these directions, and ask your healthcare provider if you have any questions.

You should begin to feel better during the first few days of treatment with penicillin G injection. If your symptoms do not improve or get worse, call your doctor.

Use penicillin G injection for as long as your doctor tells you that you should, even if you feel better. If you stop using penicillin G injection too soon or skip doses, your infection may not be completely treated and the bacteria may become resistant to antibiotics.

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