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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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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

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How many days for symptoms to improve Vancomycin for c.diff? Flagyl did not cure. How long wait before try another ABX? When should let Dr know?

How many days for symptoms to improve Vancomycin for c.diff? Flagyl did not cure. How long wait before try another ABX? When should  let Dr know?

C diff: This has become VERY hard to treat. If no better in 7-10 days then may need to try different treatment. I know it sounds gross but fecal transplants (instilling infusion of stool free of c diff into your colon) have been helpful in tough cases. Hope this helps. Best of luck Dr R ...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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How long does it take for vancocin (vancomycin) & questran take to begin working for c diff ?

Longer than you need: The two should not be used together. The Cholestyramine (questran) given to bind the c. Difficile toxin will also bind the vancomycin. Would stop the Cholestyramine and see someone more familiar with treating this potential fatal intoxication. ...Read more

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Dr Lupo I was in the hospital for a week on vancomycin with MRSA on my labia. how long does it take to not be tired & to feel better?thank you

Dr Lupo I was in the hospital for a week on vancomycin with MRSA on my labia. how long does it take to not be tired & to feel better?thank you

Recovery time: I usually tell patients that it depends 'how sick' you were in the beginning to predict 'how long' it will take you to recover. So if you were really, really sick -hospitalized etc, then it will take perhaps longer than you think to recover. Think of it as going up and over the mountain -you still have to make it all the way down after that awful experience. Hang in there. If doubts, see your doc. ...Read more

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3day on vancomycin. For c. Diff. About how long till diaherra, loose stoll gets better? What can I expect. Stool is like green. Wipe its yellow watery

3day on vancomycin. For c. Diff. About how long till diaherra, loose stoll gets better? What can I expect. Stool is like green. Wipe its yellow watery

See below: The diarrhea usually improvs after 3-4 days of treatment but you need to complete the full 14 day treatment course. I would also recommend probiotic treatment with vsl#3 and florastor 1 capsule of each 2 time a day for 30 days. Note there is a 25% relase rate that necessitates retreatment. ...Read more

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How long should it take to get rid of c diff o was in the hospital for 15 days and was treated with vancomycin and a week later I am back in the hospital in sever stomach pain again back on the vancomycin is this normal I do also have lupus.

How long should it take to get rid of c diff o was in the hospital for 15 days and was treated with vancomycin and a week later I am back in the hospital in sever stomach pain again back on the vancomycin is this normal I do also have lupus.

Cl diff: Are you on any medications for your lupus ? What the trigger for your first episode of cl diff? Was that related to a course of abx? Have you been tested with flagyl also ? Most cl diff will respond to vancomycin but there are other options. Request a consult with an Infectoius disease doc. In some cases a new agent that may be more effective than either of the abx may be needed. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of vancomycin antibiotics?

What are the side effects of vancomycin antibiotics?

See below: All drugs carry the risk of side effects and toxicities. Vancomycin can cause a variety of skin rashes and allergies. If infused too rapidly it can cause a histamine release "red man syndrome" and can cause IV site phlebitis. If given in doses too high for the level of kidney function renal insufficiency and hearing problems can develop. Low white blood cell and platelet counts can occur. ...Read more

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My mother has MRSA and is taking vancomycin iv, has anyone had side effects?

Yes: There are many potential side effects and toxicities from all antibiotics. Vancomycin is generally well tolerated, but it can cause nausea , vomiting, different kinds of rashes both allergic and histamine release due to too rapid infusion. It can occasionally cause reversible kidney and bone marrow toxicity. It can cause vein irritation(phlebitis) of a peripheral IV site vein among others. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of using vancomycin and invanz (ertapenem) during pregnancy?

What are the side effects of using vancomycin and invanz (ertapenem) during pregnancy?

Limited Data: Both antibiotics have limited data available for any fetal effects during pregnancy. Invanz (ertapenem) is considered category b or safe based on animal studies with limited human experience. Vancomycin is considered category b/c for simlar reasons. There is no data reporting malformations. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of using vancomycin and invanz (ertapenem) during pregnancy?

What are the side effects of using vancomycin and invanz (ertapenem)  during pregnancy?

Limited Data: Both antibiotics have limited data available for any fetal effects during pregnancy. Invanz (ertapenem) is considered category b or safe based on animal studies with limited human experience. Vancomycin is considered category b/c for simlar reasons. There is no data reporting malformations. ...Read more