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

Im 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

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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? Im scared

Treated with vancomycin for infection. Does this mean if i ever get any infection again it will be resistant to any drugs? Im 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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