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Variable: This is determined by the estimated risk/benefit ratio. If vancomycin is felt to be the most effective treatment and the infection is life-threatening, then higher doses may be necessary. This drug is actually fairly safe compared to some others, and doses are adjusted by the serum levels obtained. Cannot comment on your treatment without knowing more, but 3 gms is not unusual. ...Read more
Hi docs, can you tell me if surgical incisions to drain a staph infection and intravenous vancomycin are the most effective treatments?
My doctor has put me on a second round of vancomycin oral capsules for sinus mrsa. He insists it will work. Should I keep taking them? (on week 3)
I have sinus mrsa. I was put on oral vancomycin. I heard that won't absorb. What can I do to get rid of it? I just had surgery. Is that dangerous?
See below: If you have an MRSA sinusitis you are correct that oral vancomycin is not absorbed and would be totally inappropriate treatment. Oral Minocycline or septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) which achieve good levels in sinus and nasal secretions and which are effective for 90% or so of MRSA strains would be my recommendation. I would also use Bactroban Nasal ointment for decolonization. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vancomycin: Vancomycin is removed by the body in 30 hours unless you are anephric and then it can take 37.5 days. ...Read more
What are the consequences (on ones health) of an overdose of vancomycin? (currently 34.5 mg/l and took another 500 mg interperitonneally 4 peritonitis
Vancomycin: Single episodes of excessive serum levels of vancomycin are not likely to be deleterious unless you have severe pre-existing kidney impairment or are concomitantly taking drugs toxic to the kidneys. Hope your illness clears up quickly. Best wishes. ...Read more