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I was diagnosed with UTI based on my urine analysis (culture and all), and given cipro - 3 days... Felt worse went to ER and was given vancomycin 7 days... I am almost done with medication but still have symptomps and feeling flue like symptoms (joint pai
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
Treated with vancomycin for infection. Does this mean if i ever get any infection again it will be resistant to any drugs? Im scared
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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