Generic Name(s): penicillin g benzathine
Drug Class: Penicillin Antibiotics
Treats: rheumatic fever, syphilis, STDs, cholera, rheumatic heart disease
Bicillin L-A is a long-acting natural penicillin antibiotic. Bicillin L-A is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. Bicillin L-A can also be used to prevent certain bacterial infections such as rheumatic fever. Bicillin L-A works by stopping the growth of bacteria.
Bicillin L-A is a natural penicillin antibiotic that is taken into the body through deep intramuscular injection. Its generic name is Penicillin G Benzathine. It is used in the prevention of the following condition:
- Rheumatic fever
Bicillin L-A works by destroying the cell wall formation of bacteria. This it does by sticking onto the penicillin-binding proteins found on the walls of bacterial cells. This results in cell lysis and the eventual death of the bacteria. Due to its poor solubility, Bicillin L-A takes a prolonged duration to be absorbed into the blood from the point of injection. This explains why it works slowly and for a long period.
Like other drugs, Bicillin L-A may cause side effects. These may include the following:
- Pain at the point of vaccination
- Shortness of breath