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Doctor insights on: What Is A Good Diet When Receiving Vancomycin Therapy

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How long do the side effects of vancomycin treatment last for?

How long do the side effects of vancomycin treatment last for?

Vancomycin: Vancomycin is removed by the body in 30 hours unless you are anephric and then it can take 37.5 days.

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Diet (Definition)

Refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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ID Doc says take Vancomycin during treatment if I need other antibiotics and seven days after treatment to try to prevent C Diff? Thoughts??

ID Doc says take Vancomycin during treatment if I need other antibiotics and seven days after treatment to try to prevent C Diff? Thoughts??

Fecal transplant: Fecal transplants have been shown to be effective in treating C diff. Please discuss this option with your doctor, in case you need to take antibiotics.

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Are surgical incisions to drain a staph infection and intravenous vancomycin considered proper treatment?

Are surgical incisions to drain a staph infection and intravenous vancomycin considered proper treatment?

Yes: It depends on the size and other symptoms, but this treatment is often standard and necessary.

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What are good foods to feed a 7 yr old with c-diff and taking vancomycin?

What are good foods to feed a 7 yr old with c-diff and taking vancomycin?

Yogurt: Fiber and yogurt. Also keep hydrated with fluids. Stay in contact with your pediatrician.

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Any probotics I can take to help c. Diff. If so. Should I take before vancomycin or after I taken it. Any good foods that help get good bacteria back?

Any probotics I can take to help c. Diff. If so. Should I take before vancomycin or after I taken it. Any good foods that help get good bacteria back?

See below: Take vsl#3 and florastor probiotics 1 tablet of each twice a day for 30 days. Take them during and after your vancomycin treatment course. You can take probiotic foods with your probiotic capsules ie. Yogurt, kefir or lassi. Good luck and get better.

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Took vancomycin/levaquin (levofloxacin) for meningitis caused by sinuses, then another month of levaquin (levofloxacin). Should it be enough to clean out sinuses for good?

Took vancomycin/levaquin (levofloxacin) for meningitis caused by sinuses, then another month of levaquin (levofloxacin). Should it be enough to clean out sinuses for good?

Temporarily: You have been seemingly treated very thoroughly via use of potent antibiotics, and glad to hear meningitis is gone. But if source of original infection was sinus, you may have anatomical issue which caused in first place. Next step, visit otolaryngologist who has experience in sinus surgery. Here is the true "ounce of prevention".

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Do probiotic pills help with c diff. I hear meds are a quests sometimes. On vancomycin liquid 125. I hear feces transplants have good success rate.

Probiotics: Probably help more with prevention than treatment and may be reasonable in patients with recurrent disease. Saccharomyces boulardii and lactobacillus rhamnosus have been studied the most. There is good evidence for fecal transplant] to treat c. Difficile but still considered investigational and not without potential risks.

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Hi docs, can you tell me if surgical incisions to drain a staph infection and intravenous vancomycin are the most effective treatments?

Hi docs, can you tell me if surgical incisions to drain a staph infection and intravenous vancomycin are the most effective treatments?

MRSA?: Vancomycin will kill staph but it is regularly used for methicillin resistant staph. MRSA will not die with regular penicillin or Keflex so drainage and special antibiotics are used. Vanco should do just fine if not they may need to use zyvox (linezolid) a newer mrsa drug

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.