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Old 07-01-2018, 09:22 AM #1 (permalink)
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My son (17 y.o.) was at his doctor for some routine immunizations last week, a few days before he joined the U.S. Army. During the visit, he told the doctor that he had joint pain two or three times per year. The doctor took blood to check for lyme, and my son left home and is now at basic training. After he left the doctor called with the diagnosis of late lyme and prescription for Amoxicillin. The Army will give my son one phone call home, likely tonight. After that, it will be difficult for me to communicate with him. So, I will tell him about the diagnosis and prescription and tell him to go see the Army doctor right away.

My question is: How will the large dose of bicillin IM which my son undoubtedly received a few days ago affect this situation? Every new Army recruit receives such a shot in the buttock in the first few days of basic training. It is called the "peanut butter shot:" and it causes great pain in the buttock that lasts for days. Apparently, the Army wants to kill whatever germs new recruits might happen to have.

Of course, I am in communication with my son's home doctor and he will communicate with the Army doctors. But I am hoping that someone here will have some insight on this question. My son's home doctor frankly wasn't sure of the effect the bicillin IM would have had.

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Is it Binicillin IM or Binicillin L-A?

Binicillin LA is used to prevent certain bacterial infections. The Binicillin is a long-acting penicillin antibiotic. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.
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