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I'm experiencing abdominal pain and diarrhoea a week after having IV gentamicin, vancomycin and clindamycin for MRSA. Should I be concerned about cdiff?

I'm experiencing abdominal pain and diarrhoea a week after having IV gentamicin, vancomycin and clindamycin for MRSA. Should I be concerned about cdiff?

Oh yes, you should.: Please ask your treating physician to test (and if necessary, to treat) ASAP for possible C.difficile post-antibiotic infection. ...Read more

Clindamycin (Definition)

Part of the lincoside family. It has good gram positive an anaerobic coverage, but its association with the development of clostridium difficile infection has limited its use. It is used in certain drug allergy situations where staph, strep, pneumococcal, and anaerobic organisms. Its use in MRSA infections is spotty. It is a bacteriostatic drug that works ...Read more


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I am allergic to vancomycin. Is it safe for me to take clindamycin?

I am allergic to vancomycin. Is it safe for me to take clindamycin?

Yes, but: This is rather a doctor's decision in view of clinical data at hand. True vancomycin allergy is rare, the drug can cause rash as a side effect or if injected fast, not a true allergic reaction. Your best bet for yourself and your doctor, if in doubt, is to consult an allergist/immunologist check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, best wishes ...Read more

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What is vancomycin best used for?

What is vancomycin best used for?

Gram positive infs.: Vancomycin is an antibiotic that is used to treat gram positive infections usually caused by staphylococcus and streptococcus species. It is most commonly used to treat MRSA and clostridium difficile colitis. ...Read more

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Can I use florastor with vancomycin?

Can I use florastor with vancomycin?

Yes.: There is no contraindication to taking the probiotic florastor with vancomycin. ...Read more

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How dangerous is the rash from vancomycin?

How dangerous is the rash from vancomycin?

It all depends: Most drug reactions are very benign and only cause a rash and itching. It goes away when you stop the medicine. However, sometimes, you may have a severe reaction that acts like a third degree burn. This is called steven johnsons syndrome. This is very dangerous and needs immediate medical attention. Many times the first sign of this reaction is blisters in your mouth or nose. ...Read more

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Can dosing vancomycin too fast cause renal failure?

Can dosing vancomycin too fast cause renal failure?

Usually not: It causes flushing and not feeling well. However, if someone allergic to any drug he/she could develop renal failure. ...Read more

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How effective is vancomycin for treating meningitis?

How effective is vancomycin for treating meningitis?

For bacteria: In the case of susceptible bacteria Vancomycin can be very effective. It will only treat the susceptible bacteria. It is not effective against non bacterial infections. ...Read more

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Can you take vancomycin if you are allergic to sulfur?

Can you take vancomycin if you are allergic to sulfur?

Yes: So far no known cross reactivity between vancomycin and sulpha compounds, always tell your doctors what are your medicine allergies, good luck ...Read more

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Why's vancomycin known as "the last resort antibiotic"?

Why's vancomycin known as "the last resort antibiotic"?

It's not: I didn't know it was. Vancomycin is an appropriate treatment for staph infections, especially those that are resistant to other antibiotics. ...Read more

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Took 3 doses so far of my vancomycin for c. Diff. When will it get better & how will I know if things are getting worse?

Took 3 doses so far of my vancomycin for c. Diff. When will it get better & how will I know if things are getting worse?

3-4 days: The diarrhea in c.Difficile colitis usually improves 3-4 days after the start of effective treatment. You will know if it is getting worse if the diarrhea and cramps worsen or recur. There is a 25% relapse rate after a 10-14 day course of vancomycin or flagyl. ...Read more

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Treated with vancomycin for infection. Does this mean if I ever get any infection again it will be resistant to any drugs? I'm scared

Treated with vancomycin for infection. Does this mean if I ever get any infection again it will be resistant to any drugs? I'm scared

No: One time use shouldn't affect things too much. Getting put on numerous antibiotics over and over again increases the risk of your body harboring resistant bacteria. ...Read more

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My Dad had MRSA in April, cleared to go home and on Vancomycin 2x/day for 1 month. Going to see him with 8-mos. Old baby July 1. Safe for baby?

My Dad had MRSA in April, cleared to go home and on Vancomycin 2x/day for 1 month. Going to see him with 8-mos. Old baby July 1. Safe for baby?

Yes: If the MRSA were still active he would still be in the hospital. You can always use alcohol gel on your babies hands, And you could even ask grandpa to take a "bleach bath" before you arrive. That's one cup of bleach in the bathtub. Immunologists recommend them for people who keep colonizing with Staph ...Read more

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Found out last night I have c.Diff. Getting put on vancomycin but still afraid I can die. I have lost a lot of weight and feel horrible. Help please!

Found out last night I have c.Diff. Getting put on vancomycin but still afraid I can die. I have lost a lot of weight and feel horrible. Help please!

Try these things:: Pseudomembranous colitis can be serious and occasionally fatal if not treated but now that you are being treated you should do fine. Complications can come from dehydration ; low potassium/magnesium. Chop up greens, onions/garlic ; potatoes, add salt, simmer 20 min. ; drink the broth- a couple quarts a day. Also take culturelle, a probiotic proven to help c. Diff. Rest ; reduce stress.See comment:. ...Read more

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Who should not take vancomycin?

Who should not take vancomycin?

Vancomycin: "Vancomycin is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to this antibiotic. Solutions containing dextrose may be contraindicated in patients with known allergy to corn or corn products.: See: http://dailymed. Nlm. Nih. Gov/dailymed/drugInfo. Cfm? Setid=99e523d8-9bde-43cb-8434-497015e5dcbd ...Read more

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Why i.V. Injection of vancomycin is given slowly?

Why i.V. Injection of vancomycin is given slowly?

IV vancomycin: It is given slowly to give less discomfort, to give less injury to the vessel wall and thus prevent the antibiotic from going into the tissues and causing damage. ...Read more

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Is vancomycin sulfur-based?

Sulfur in vancomycin: Look up in wikipedia and if you see an S in the diagram of the structure. ...Read more

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How do u flush picc line while administering vancomycin?

How do u flush picc line while administering vancomycin?

Contact your dr.: Contact the doctor that prescribed it, or the home health nurse that is over seeing this. ...Read more

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Can IV vancomycin cause malabsorption issues in the body?

Can IV vancomycin cause malabsorption issues in the body?

IV vancomycin: Can cause C. Diff diarrhea, not malabsorption, which is ironically treated with the oral form of vancomycin!! ...Read more

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Took my vancomycin at 6 then at 10. It was 4 times a day so I took it 2 hours early. Will I be ok? I forgot it was every 6 hours.

YesGet back on track: It's okay that you took a dose 2 hours early. Just try to do your best with sticking to the schedule from now on. Too far apart will leave you uncovered; too close together can cause unwanted side-effects. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is 125mg of vancomycin liquid a small dose? What does it mean. I see higher doses. Mean my case isn't as bad or just what think ill need

Right dose: Assuming you are being treated for a mild to moderate c diff infection, 125mg liquid dosing is indicated. Higher doses are used in patients with more severe forms of c diff infections. ...Read more

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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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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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What microorganisms will vancomycin kill?

What microorganisms will vancomycin kill?

Mainly Staph: It's used to treat gram positive bacteria, especially staph. The oral version is used to treat clostridium difficult infection. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a vancomycin allergy?

How can you tell if you have a vancomycin allergy?

See Allergist: If you have never taken vancomycin before then there should be no concern for an allergy. You cannot develop an allergy after the first dose. For subsequent dose you are at no greater risk then the general population for developing an allergy to this medication. If you've had a reaction in the past, see Allergist to determine if your reaction is truly an allergy. Red Mans Syndrome non-allergic rx. ...Read more

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