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What is the most important information I should know about vancomycin
Vancomycin is a prescription drug available from your pharmacy store only with the prescription of a qualified medical practitioner.
Vancomycin pronounced as: van koe MYE sin
Vancomycin is an anti infective / antibacterial drug.
Common uses of vancomycin
Vancomycin is used in the treatment of serious conditions like septicaemia, pseudomembranous colitis, colitis due to clostridium diffcile, soft tissue infections, hospital & community acquired pneumonia, prevention of bacterial endocarditis in susceptible patients and other intestinal infections.
How to use vancomycin
Vancomycin is administered as slow intravenous infusion under strict aseptic precautions as prescribed by your doctor.
You must complete the entire course of medication to get maximum benefit; else the infection will not clear completely and in due course result in development of resistance.
Patients hypersensitive to vancomycin should not use.
Children: Vancomycin medication should be cautiously used in neonates and infants.
Vancomycin is available as injection and tablet. Your doctor will prescribe it depending on the severity of the disease.
Use as directed by your physician, your physician prescribes depending on the severity of disease.
For detailed dosage information, consult your doctor who will prescribe you depending on the severity of the disease.
If it is almost the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at same time to cover up the missed dose.
In case of overdose contact your nearest poison control centre or emergency medical centre for immediate care by physician. The overdose symptoms of Vancomycin are not known.
Vancomycin should be given as slow intravenous infusion. When given rapidly it causes a group of symptoms called as “RED MAN SYNDROME” which is characterised by flushing, giddiness, muscle pain and hypotension.
Consult your doctor immediately if notice following symptoms.
Store vancomycin at room temp (15 – 30 degrees C). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom. Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed off safely.
Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: June 23, 2012
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