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Doctor insights on: Vancomycin Withdrawal

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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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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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What are the consequences (on ones health) of an overdose of vancomycin? (currently 34.5 mg/l and took another 500 mg interperitonneally 4 peritonitis

What are the consequences (on ones health) of an overdose of vancomycin? (currently 34.5 mg/l and took another 500 mg interperitonneally 4 peritonitis

Vancomycin: Single episodes of excessive serum levels of vancomycin are not likely to be deleterious unless you have severe pre-existing kidney impairment or are concomitantly taking drugs toxic to the kidneys. Hope your illness clears up quickly. Best wishes. ...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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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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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