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Rheumatic Heart Disease Australia

RHD Resouces

Rheumatic fever and penicillin injections: How to reduce pain - for patients

There are many options to reduce the pain of the injections and you have the right to know what these are. This information is to help you talk to health staff and to make a decision that is right for you.

For instance:

  • Don’t have the penicillin injection cold. Ask the nurse or Aboriginal health worker to take the penicillin out of the fridge 15 minutes before the injection. Hold it in your hands to warm it up.
  • Ask for the injection to be given very slowly, over 2-3 minutes.
  • Take pain medicine before the injection, but only the amount recommended on the packet.

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Developed by 
SA Health
Year of publication 
2020