- Doxycycline Hyclate Tablets
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- Penicillin G Potassium
What is Vancomycin used for?
Vancomycin is an antibiotic used to treat only bacterial infections of the intestines. Vancomycin tablet will not work for other bacterial infections or viral infections such as common cold or flu. This antibiotic works by stopping the growth of bacteria in the intestine. It belongs to a class of medications called glycopeptide antibiotics. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Vancomycin?
The dosage of Vancomycin prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Take Vancomycin tablet with a full glass of water. This tablet should be taken at evenly spaced intervals. Take the tablets till the course is finished.
What if you miss a dose of Vancomycin?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Vancomycin medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up for a missed one.
What if you overdose on Vancomycin?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Vancomycin, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Vancomycin?
- Polymyxin B
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Vancomycin.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Vancomycin, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Vancomycin can interact with other antibiotics and aminoglycosides.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Vancomycin?
Like other medicines, Vancomycin can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Vancomycin are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Vancomycin cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Vancomycin develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Vancomycin can cause side effects such as dizziness, upset stomach, nausea, back pain, muscle pain, body aches. Some of the serious side effects of this drug include difficulty swallowing, trouble breathing and skin rash. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Vancomycin.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Vancomycin?
Is it possible for me to take Vancomycin with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Vancomycin?
What are the possible drug interactions of Vancomycin?
How will Vancomycin work in my body?
How should Vancomycin be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Vancomycin drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Vancomycin is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.