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Vancocin is a medicine used to treat severe diarrhea and enterocolitis (inflammation of the small intestine and colon).
How does this medication work?
Vancocin works by killing bacteria, thereby treating your infection.
Vancocin does not treat viral infections, such as the common cold.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Vancocin may help to resolve diarrhea and relieve abdominal (stomach area) discomfort, and may eliminate the bacteria causing the infection.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider’s directions. It is important that you take Vancocin exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed for the full course of treatment, even if your symptoms improve earlier.
How do I know it is working?
You may start to notice an improvement in your symptoms. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions to assess how well your infection is being treated.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: nausea, abdominal pain, low blood potassium levels.
Less common side effects may include:
Vancocin may cause hearing problems or harm to your kidneys.
Do not take Vancocin if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Vancocin. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney problems, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you, based on your condition.
Children: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for your child, based on his/her weight.
Take Vancocin exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Vancocin without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Do not skip doses. Skipping doses or not completing the full course of Vancocin can decrease its effectiveness and can lead to the growth of bacteria that are resistant to the effects of Vancocin.
No significant interactions have been reported with Vancocin at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
The effects of Vancocin during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are taking Vancocin. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Vancocin, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
Store at room temperature.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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