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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it normal to feel depressed while on Vancomycin injection?

Is it normal to feel depressed while on Vancomycin injection?

Maybe.: Some meds can affect mood in some people, but also, if you are getting vancomycin injections, you're pretty sick. Sickness is depressing all by itself! As well as exhausting, inconvenient, & often painful. None of which is conducive to happiness. Tell your doc. Rest, eat properly (plenty of fruits and veggies), get enough sleep, & try to smile once a day at least.! This all helps you get better ...Read more

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She has vre (vancomycin resistant enterococcus) -- what is this?

She has vre (vancomycin resistant enterococcus) -- what is this?

See below: Vre is vancomycin resistant enterococcus. Enterococcus is a type of streptococcus that normally colonized the colon and stool. Most strains are killed by the antibiotic vancomycin. Some strains are resistant to this drug and are thus called vre. ...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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C. Difficile - experience with vancocin (vancomycin)?

C. Difficile: Mild cases of c. Difficile infection can often be cured by discontinuing the antibiotics responsible. In more serious cases, oral administration of, first, oral Metronidazole and - if that fails - then, second, vancomycin and if unsucessful again, intravenous Metronidazole can be used. Relapses of c. Difficile have been reported in up to 20% of cases. ...Read more