Vancocin and/or Equivalents
|Drug||Related Drug Names|
|Vancocin 125mg and/or Equivalents||Vancocin, Vancomycin|
|Vancocin 250mg and/or Equivalents||Vancocin, Vancomycin|
Vancocin Drug Description
Vancocin is an anti-biotic drug often used in the treatment of various body infections. It helps kill various bacteria affecting the body’s immune system and overall health. The drug comes in the form of an oral tablet and also as an intravenous form.
Conditions Treated by Vancocin
The oral form of this drug is often used in the treatment of various gastrointestinal problems. While the intravenous form of the medicine is often used to treat various other diseases like involving those of the bones, lungs, blood and heart. Sometimes doctors may prescribe this medicine for other purposes too other than the ones listed above.
Vancocin Dosage Information
a.) Typical dosage recommendations
The normal recommended dosage for Vancocin tablets is usually 125 mg to 500 mg to be taken twice a day for at least a period of 10 days. The intravenous form of the medication is to be given in measures of 500 mg every 8 to 12 hours. The intravenous dosage should be administered by doctors only to avoid further complications. The actual dosage may change depending on a patient’s individual health condition and response to medication and illness. The length of the treatment may also vary depending on how a patient is responding. For children, the recommended dosage will largely depend on the age of the child and individual body weight. The course is usually not administered for more than 10 days in children. The oral form is usually given 3 to 4 times a day while the intravenous form may be given every 6 hours. Care should be taken that not more than 2000 mg is administered at a time in this case. Doctors may also change doses during treatment if a patient is not responding to treatment. Sometimes, other medications may affect the quantity of Vancocin medication prescribed to patients.
b.) Missing a dose
It is important to have the medicine exactly as prescribed by the doctor. If you miss a dose then take a replacement dose as soon as you realize. However if there are just a few hours left for your actual dose, then avoid a replacement dose. Continue with your normal dosage and inform your doctor that you missed a dose in the middle. Furthermore, if you experience any pain or discomfort when you miss a dose or observe signs that your symptoms are getting worse, do seek medical help. In most cases, patients suffering from minor problems will not experience any discomfort when they miss a dose. However, patients suffering from major infections may experience complications if they miss a dose.
If you consume more than the required quantity of the medicine within a short period of time it may lead to an overdose. Typical signs of an overdose include weakness, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, dizziness and confusion. It is important to seek medical help if the symptoms worsen with every passing moment, in rare cases this drug overdose may lead to complete hospitalization.
It is not advisable to give this medicine to anyone without a doctor’s prior consent. Even if your family member suffers from similar health problems as you, do not share medication without a valid prescription. It is not advisable to suddenly stop using this medication without consulting a doctor. Before you start taking the medicine, ensure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients in the medicine. The only way to be sure is by getting an allergy test before you begin the medication. If you have a history of hearing loss, avoid this medicine as it may lead to further problems with the ears. If you feel dizziness or ringing sensations in the ears when on this medicine, stop taking it immediately. People who suffer from intestinal problems or inflammation of the intestine may experience further complications with the medicine. It is safer to avoid the medicine if you have intestinal problems. Constant use of Vancocin may cause kidney problems and damage. If you already suffer from kidney problems or are currently on kidney medication inform your doctor. It is safer to avoid the medication when you are pregnant or planning to conceive. However, in severe cases, doctors may still prescribe the medication if the benefits more than compensate the risks. Under normal conditions though, avoid the medicine when pregnant. If you are nursing a new born baby it is safer to avoid the medicine. The contents of the medicine pass onto the breast milk and affect the baby. When the medicine is prescribed to children, smaller quantities should be given. Furthermore, regular blood tests should be conducted to ensure that the child is receiving the right quantity of the medicine and is responding well to the treatment. Senior patients should be put on smaller doses because larger quantities may put them at risk.
Vancocin Side Effects
Side effects are common after consuming most anti-biotics. While in most cases they may not be serious, in major cases discontinuation of the medication may be required. Some of the common side effects of Vancocin include dizziness, flushing, redness, rashes, severe itching, lower body pain, pain in the back or neck, decrease in blood pressure, extreme body chills, severe indigestion, irritation in the mouth, nausea, lack of appetite, change in taste, vomiting, fever etc. Other patients may suffer from minor side effects like sore throat, cold, cough etc. If you experience severe allergies, facial swelling or especially swelling in the insides of the mouth area, blistering of the skin or surface scaling and swelling etc it is important to contact your doctor. Sometimes patients may suffer from problems other than the ones listed above. It is important to report any discomfort or uneasiness to your doctor.
Vancocin Drug Interactions
Several drugs interact with Vancocin. It is important to inform your doctor if you are already on any medication for other health problems. Common drugs that interact with Vancocin include Aminoglycoside Antibiotics, BCG vaccines, Cholestyramine, Cisplatin, Neuromuscular blocking agents, Nonsteriodal anti-inflammatory medications, Typhoid vaccines etc. While on Vancocin it is important to avoid the above medications. Always consult with your doctor before taking any other medications while already on Vancocin. Several different kinds of medicines besides the ones listed above interact with Vancocin.
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Notice: 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.