Hi georgiagirl- I did bicillin shots after I went off Rocephin last spring. They kept me stable but I had no further improvement on them. My doctor said I had to do at least 2 but he preferred 3 times a week. I did them for 3 1/2 months 3X weekly but stopped when we decided they weren't going to help. I think they are definately worth trying..
You need a prescription for the lidocaine. There is also a cream called emla that is the same thing. My husband read on the internet how to give the injection. There is a site that details exactly how to do it and how to prep for it. He was very nervous with the first one but when I didn't scream he felt much better.
I think you just have to google "how to give a bicillin shot" and it will come up on the listings. If you can't find it let me know and I will help.
This is an old video I found on Youtube, but it is detailed and complete. Check it out...
Post Edited (dorit) : 2/28/2009 1:06:54 PM (GMT-7)
I was prescribed IM Bicillin after finishing six weeks of IV Rocephin. I felt the Bicillin helped me a lot with my balance issues. (Recently diagnosed with a new cervical lesion on my brain MRI). I tried to never plan anything for the next day, as I usually didn't feel very well. (This did improve the longer I was on the medication.) I took the shots 2x/wk, Mondays and Thursdays for about 5-6 months. My husband gave them to me after being instructed by the home nurse who oversaw my IV Rocephin. I iced the area first, as well as "rolled" the medication (rolling the medication in the palms of my hands). I found if I didn't roll it first, it seemed to go in with more difficulty. Honestly, sometimes the shots hurt and other times they didn't. Couldn't seem to figure out why, though. I tried to add the Lidocaine cream, but that seemed to make the pain of the shots much worse and discontinued after two applications. The "stick" of the needle never hurt, but about halfway through, the medication could hurt. We never took 2-3 minutes to inject, and that would make sense to me that injecting slowly would be better than just trying to hurry up get it over with! I was very nervous about doing this, but my husband was so helpful that it made a big difference. (If the shot did hurt enough to make me cry, I tried to go in another room so I wouldn't make him feel bad!) Good luck on your new regimen, and let us know how you make out.