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Vancomycin (By Mouth)

Vancomycin (van-koe-MYE-sin)

Treats an infection of the intestines called colitis. Belongs to a class of drugs called antibiotics.

Brand Name(s):

Vancocin HCl Pulvules
There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to vancomycin.

How to Use This Medicine:

Capsule, Liquid

  • Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take and how often.
  • Do not share your medicine with anybody else.
  • Swallow the capsule whole. Do not crush, open, or chew it.
  • Shake the oral liquid well before each use.
  • Measure your oral liquid dose carefully using a marked measuring spoon or medicine cup.
  • You may mix your oral liquid dose with 2 tablespoons of water. If needed a flavoring syrup may be added to improve the taste of the medicine.

If a dose is missed:

  • Take the missed dose as soon as possible, unless it is time for your next dose.
  • Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next regular dose
  • You should not use two doses at the same time.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:

  • Store your capsules at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Store the oral liquid in a refrigerator for up to 14 days. Do not freeze. After 14 days throw away any unused medicine.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Talk with your doctor before taking vancomycin if you have severe kidney disease.
  • It is important to take this medicine for as long as your doctor orders even if you feel better.
  • If you have diarrhea that becomes worse while taking this medicine, talk with your doctor.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Swelling of the face, throat, or lips
  • Wheezing or trouble breathing
  • Rash or hives

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Nausea or upset stomach
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.

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