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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
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
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: "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
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
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