Vancocin (Vancomycin)

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    Vancocin (Vancomycin) Dosage and Side Effects

    VANCOCIN is a prescription antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections. The drug works by killing bacteria or preventing their growth.

    Warnings and Precautions

    You should continue taking VANCOCIN until the prescription is finished, even if you feel better.

    Stopping VANCOCIN too soon or missing a dose may prevent your infection from being completely cured, as bacteria such as VRE can become resistant to antibiotics (see above).

    Before taking VANCOCIN, tell your doctor and pharmacist if you have any allergies. The drug may contain inactive ingredients that can cause allergic reactions or other problems.

    Also, tell your doctor and pharmacist if you have a medical history of kidney disease, hearing problems, any kind of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), or stomach/intestinal issues.

    Elderly patients may be more sensitive to the side effects of VANCOCIN, which may increase their risk for hearing problems or kidney damage.

    VANCOCIN and Pregnancy

    VANCOCIN is generally considered safe to use during pregnancy, but it should only be used in pregnant women when absolutely needed. 

    The medication does not pass into breast milk and is unlikely to cause harm to a breastfeeding baby, but talk to your doctor before breastfeeding while taking VANCOCIN.

    Side Effects

    The most common side effect of VANCOCIN is an upset stomach.

    You should tell your doctor if this problem becomes severe or does not go away.

    Other, less common, side effects may include:

    • Flu-like symptoms such as sore throat, fever, or chills
    • Rash on the skin
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Breathing or swallowing difficulties
    • Skin redness above the waist
    • Muscle tightness or pain in the chest and back
    • Bleeding or bruising
    • Fainting
    • Dizziness
    • Ringing in the ears
    • Blurred vision

    Interactions with this medication

    Combining VANCOCIN with certain drugs may increase the risk of side effects and is typically not recommended.

    However, in some cases, both drugs are needed and may be the best treatment for you. Your doctor may adjust your dose or how often you take each medication.

    The following drugs are usually not recommended to take with VANCOCIN:

    • Amikacin (amikacin sulfate)
    • Garamycin (gentamicin)
    • Tobi (tobramycin)
    • Anectine (succinylcholine chloride)
    • Coumadin (warfarin sodium)

    The drugs Questran (cholestyramine) and Colestid (colestipol) can decrease VANCOCIN's effects when given at the same time. You should take these drugs at least three to four hours apart.

    This is not a complete list of drugs that interact with VANCOCIN.

    Give your healthcare provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use.

    Other Interactions 

    There are no restrictions on food, drink, or activities while taking VANCOCIN unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

    Proper Use of this medication

    Your dose of VANCOCIN will depend on the strength of the medicine, the number of doses you take daily, and the amount of time you will use the drug. You should follow your doctor's dosing directions.

    Oral Dosage

    When taken by mouth, VANCOCIN is usually taken four times a day for seven to 10 days or as directed by your doctor.

    The following are typical oral dosages for the treatment of C. difficile:

    • Adults: 125 milligrams, four times a day.
    • Children: The dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The usual dose is 40 milligrams per kilogram of body weight per day, divided into three or four doses and taken for seven to 10 days. The total daily dose usually does not exceed 2000 milligrams.

    Intravenous Dosage

    Intravenous (IV) treatment with VANCOCIN is highly variable.

    For these reasons dosing is individualized based on several patient factors including but not limited to age, weight, site/type of infection, and kidney function.

    Pharmacists and other healthcare providers will individualize and adjust doses based on ongoing patient response and monitoring of VANCOCIN concentrations in the blood.

    VANCOCIN Overdose

    If you suspect an overdose, you should contact a poison control center or an emergency room immediately.

    You can get in touch with your local poison control center.

    Missed Dose of VANCOCIN

    If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.

    If it is close to the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your normal schedule.

    You should not double up on doses to catch up.

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    The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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