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Doctor insights on: Long Term Effects Of Vancomycin

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Took vancomycin for 14 days. I'm just now reading of long term side effects. I'm now done with meds and had no issues so far. Should i be ok then?

Took vancomycin for 14 days. I'm just now reading of long term side effects. I'm now done with meds and had no issues so far. Should i be ok then?

Probably.: There is nothing certain but death and taxes. Any medicine (whether prescribed or not) can cause long term harm, but this is rare and unpredictable. No two people are the same. No medicine affects every one in exactly the same way. Since you feel well, then you'll likely be fine! If something changes, see your doc. In your case the drug did it's job, got you well and it wa safe for you. ...Read more

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I read hair loss from antibiotics is uncommon, but lots of hair loss stories from repeated/long term strong meds like levaquin, (levofloxacin) vancomycin. Possible?

I read hair loss from antibiotics is uncommon, but lots of hair loss stories from repeated/long term strong meds like levaquin, (levofloxacin) vancomycin. Possible?

Below: The longer I have practiced medicine, the more I realize that medications can cause multiple symptoms, but they are only reported in the warning label if they are over a percentage of occurrence. You are correct, it is unlikely but possible. ...Read more

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How long for cellulitis to clear up after vancomycin 1gram, 2 doses? Can it get worse before getting better, initially after completing cancomycin?

How long for cellulitis to clear up after vancomycin 1gram, 2 doses? Can it get worse before getting better, initially after completing cancomycin?

A few days: Cellulitis usually needs at least a couple of days to start improving after starting antibiotic treatment, and indeed the symptoms can worsen for a day or two. It usually takes a couple of weeks to completely clear up entirely. To be safest, contact the doctor treating you -- but in the meantime, continue treatment as prescribed. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long would someone have to be on an IV of Vancomycin to treat a UTI?

How long would someone have to be on an IV of Vancomycin to treat a UTI?

Depends on: the urinary organs (lower or upper tract) involved and sensitivity of the bacteria that is causing the infection. Vancomycin is an antibiotic that is not absorbed by the body through the GI tract, so it needs to be given IV for it to work on a uti. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for vancomycin to start 'working"?

How long is it supposed to it take for vancomycin to start 'working"?

Antibiotic onset: All antibiotics help our immune system attack infections. Vanc is a 'static' antibiotic meaning it inhibits growth of bacteria. Some are 'cidal' (cause bacteria to die). Onset depends on how well we also control the infection. Is drainage needed, does foreign material need to come out, is there a clot or valve infection that needs surgery? Look for improvemt in 48hrs; if not investigate more. ...Read more

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Slight bleeding from straight line on my tongue. occasional & doesn't last long. no other symptoms. was taking Vancomycin.

Slight bleeding from straight line on my tongue.  occasional & doesn't last long.  no other symptoms.  was taking Vancomycin.

Get checked: Use if antibiotics can cause yeast infection in the mouth or tongue. However that usually does not bleed and is readily seen as a white coating on the tongue and mouth. Get your mouth and tongue examined carefully by an oral surgeon or ENT to rule out any cancerous lesion . ...Read more

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36, fem,C-Diff infec 30 dys ago. Was on Vancomycin. Better. C-scopy - no maj. inflam.Feel full in anal area. How long before normal? Residual Sympts?

36, fem,C-Diff infec 30 dys ago. Was on Vancomycin. Better. 
C-scopy - no maj. inflam.Feel full in anal area. How long before normal? Residual Sympts?

Repeat testing: C diif is sometimes not eradicated with a first course of an antibiotic. It is therefore very important to repeat the testing to confirm eradication of the infection. If repeat testing confirms eradication of infection and you are still having gastrointestinal symptoms then it is very important to have a consult with a gastrointestinal specialist ...Read more