Vancocin is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections particularly those that cause inflammation of the intestine. It is in a class of drugs known as glycopeptide antibiotics. Vancocin is indicated for treating serious life-threatening infections caused by gram-positive bacteria that is unresponsive to other antibiotics that are less toxic.
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Patients with infection of the intestine that is caused by Clostridium difficile may be prescribed Vancocin to treat the bacterial infection. Clostridium difficile causes watery or bloody diarrhea. Vancocin is also used to treat staph infections, which cause inflammation of small intestines and colon.
After an antibiotic treatment, some patients may suffer from colitis or inflammation of intestines as a result of bacteria, and they can be administered Vancocin to help treat the infection. The drug works by killing bacteria in intestines. When taken orally, Vancocin will not kill or help in treating infections in other parts of body.
- Bacterial infection of intestine
Vancocin comes in form of capsules that are taken by mouth. The dose may depend on which bacterial infection or condition is being treated. Patients should take the doses until they finish the prescription. In order to avoid missing a dose, patients should follow the directions given by the doctor and take Vancocin around the same time every day during the entire period of treatment.
- In treating Clostridium difficile associated with diarrhea, the dose should be 125 mg taken orally four times in a day for about 10 days.
- In treating Staphylococcal enterocolitis, patients should take a total daily dosage of 500 mg to a maximum of 2 g. The dosage is divided into 3 to 4 doses and taken for about 7 to 10 days.
- In pediatric patients, the dosage should be 40 mg per kg taken in 3 to 4 divided doses for a period of 7 to 10 days. Daily dosage should not exceed 2 g.
Vancocin Side Effects
Most medicines may cause side effects. However, not all patients using medicines may suffer such effects. Some of the effects may be mild while others can be very serious or even life threatening. With less serious side effects, it may not necessarily require seeing a doctor except in situations where they become unbearable and persist for a long time. Among less serious effects are such as upset stomach. A patient should seek medical attention if he or she experiences the following serious side effects;
- Decreased urine
- Bladder pain
- Dry mouth
- Cloudy or bloody urine
- Frequent urge to urinate
- Swelling of arms, face, lower legs, hands, or feet
- Increased thirst
- Loss of appetite
- Irregular heartbeat
- Mood changes
- Shortness of breath
- Unexpected weight loss or gain
- Tingling or numbness of feet and lips, or hands
Drug interactions can occur if more than one medicine is administered. At times, even in situations where drug-drug interaction is expected, patients may be administered with two different drugs to treat a disease or health condition after the doctor makes a comprehensive evaluation on the benefits over the possible side effects likely to occur from the combination. If you have drugs you could be taking, check with your doctor before you take Vancocin. The below drugs and products may interact with Vancocin.