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What is Vancocin?

Vancocin is a prescription medication that is used to treat infections in the intestines and staph infections in the colon or small intestine. Vancocin contains the antibiotic vancomycin and works by fighting bacteria in the intestines. This medication is not absorbed into the body and will not treat other infections.

Make sure to always read the patient information and instructions before using this medication. Always follow your doctor’s directions.

  • Take Vancocin for the full amount of time prescribed, even if your symptoms have improved.
  • Do not skip doses of this medication, as it can increase the risk of the infection resisting medication.
  • Do not take more of this medication than prescribed.

Cautions

Tell your doctor and pharmacist:

  • About your drug and other allergies.
  • If you take any other prescription or over-the-counter medications.
  • Your medical history particularly of intestinal disorders, kidney disease or hearing problems.
  • If you are pregnant or planning pregnancy.

You should also know:

  • Do not breast-feed while taking Vancocin.

Side Effects of Vancocin

Common side effects of Vancocin include but are not limited to:

  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain

Get medical help if you have any of the following side effects of vancomycin:

  • Bloody, watery, or increased diarrhea.
  • Ringing in your ears.
  • Hearing loss.
  • Signs of low potassium such as an uneven heart rate, increased urination, increased thirst, confusion, muscle weakness, limp feeling, or leg discomfort.
  • Signs of a kidney problem including rapid weight gain, swelling, little or no urination, or pain in your side or lower back.
  • Symptoms of an allergic reaction such as difficulty breathing, hives, or swelling in your face, lips, or throat.

FAQs

What should I do if I miss a dose of Vancocin?

If you miss a dose of Vancocin, you should take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip your missed dose.

What is the strength of Vancocin?

Vancocin and the generic alternative vancomycin are both available in strengths of 125mg and 250mg.

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