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Doctor insights on: Vancomycin Insomnia

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Insomnia (Definition)

Sleep disorder in which there is inability to fall asleep &/or stay asleep, followed by daytime functional impairment. It accompanies several sleep, medical, or psychiatric disorders. It can occur at any age, but more common in elderly. It can be short-term (up to 3 weeks) or long-term. It can lead to memory impairment, mood changes, & increase risk of ...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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What is the highest safe dose of vancomycin ? I am getting 3 grams a day.

What is the highest safe dose of vancomycin ?  I am getting 3 grams a day.

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

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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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How much time does it take for vancomycin to start 'working?

How much time does it take for vancomycin to start 'working?

Antibiotic effects: Well this depends on 'what' type of infection you're treating, since vancomycin can be used for any number of infectious diseases. Your doc should be able to answer this question -so I would encourage you to call if you have questions. Particularly because sometimes antibiotics don't work -so if you have this question in your mind, I think you need to speak up. Health tap docs would need more info ...Read more

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If a drug has bi-exponential distribution (vancomycin), what does that mean?

If a drug has bi-exponential distribution (vancomycin), what does that mean?

Drug distribution: This is a statistical complicated function that can be used to describe a drug's distribution through tissues and blood in the body. It cannot be easily explained here, but if you have mathematical abilities, go on line and look this up. Good luck. ...Read more

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For vancomycin why check trough and peak. what does low or high trough and peak mean?

For vancomycin why check trough and peak. what does low or high trough and peak mean?

To know correct dose: The levels of vancomycin in the blood are not accurately predictable based only on the dose given. The peak level is to make sure the dose isn't too high and the trough to make sure it isn't too low. These tests are especially important if there are kidney problems. I'm sure your doctor knows what she is doing, but if in doubt, ask for consultation with an infectious diseases specialist. ...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