In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|00800430 ||VANCOCIN 125MG CAPSULE|
|00788716 ||VANCOCIN 250MG CAPSULE|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Vancomycin belongs to the group of medications known as antibiotics. It works by killing the bacteria that are causing the infection.
The oral form is used to treat certain infections of the gastrointestinal tract.
The intravenous (IV) form of this medication is used to treat other infections such as those involving the bones, lungs, blood, and heart.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
The usual oral dose for adults is 125 mg to 500 mg taken every 6 to 8 hours for 7 to 10 days.
The usual IV (into a vein) dose for adults is 500 mg given every 8 to 12 hours. For IV injections, the dose of this medication will be administered by your doctor or health care professional. The length of treatment with IV vancomycin depends on the severity of the infection and the response to the medication.
For children, the oral form (given by mouth) is based on body weight and is given in 3 or 4 daily doses for 7 to 10 days. The IV form of vancomycin is given every 6 hours. The total daily dose should not be greater than 2,000 mg.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Finish all of this medication, even if you start to feel better. If you miss a dose, use it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not administer a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each peach and dark blue capsule contains vancomycin 125 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: polyethylene glycol; capsule shell: benzyl alcohol, butylparaben, carboxymethylcellulose sodium, edetate calcium disodium, FD&C Blue No. 2, gelatin, methylparaben, propylparaben, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium propionate, synthetic iron oxide red, synthetic iron oxide yellow, and titanium dioxide.
Each pale brown and dark blue capsule contains vancomycin 250 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: polyethylene glycol; capsule shell: benzyl alcohol, butylparaben, carboxymethylcellulose, edetate calcium disodium, FD&C Blue No. 2, gelatin, methylparaben, propylparaben, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium propionate, synthetic iron oxide black, synthetic iron oxide red, and titanium dioxide.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Vancomycin should not be used by anyone who is allergic to vancomycin or to any of the ingredients of the medication.