U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 41-year-old female asked:

Heard that vancomycin doesn't absorb well, so is iv vancomycin appropriate for a streptococcus pneumoniae infection? took vanco and levaquin (levofloxacin) for it

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. John cuong Doan
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Yes Vancomycin: absorbs just fine if you give it IV. For Strep pneumo infection depending on the site, Vancomycin and Levaquin (levofloxacin) would be more than enough. Though Strep pneumo is encapsulated organism and therefore can be resistant to many antibiotics, this combination should reduce that chance to very small. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Oct 23, 2015


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.