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My mother has MRSA and is taking vancomycin iv, has anyone had side effects?
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Dr. Michael Ein
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Yes
There are many potential side effects and toxicities from all antibiotics.
Vancomycin is generally well tolerated, but it can cause nausea , vomiting, different kinds of rashes both allergic and histamine release due to too rapid infusion. It can occasionally cause reversible kidney and bone marrow toxicity. It can cause vein irritation(phlebitis) of a peripheral IV site vein among others.

In brief: Yes
There are many potential side effects and toxicities from all antibiotics.
Vancomycin is generally well tolerated, but it can cause nausea , vomiting, different kinds of rashes both allergic and histamine release due to too rapid infusion. It can occasionally cause reversible kidney and bone marrow toxicity. It can cause vein irritation(phlebitis) of a peripheral IV site vein among others.
Dr. Michael Ein
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Dr. Claude Parola
Internal Medicine
In brief: Yes
Side effects are possible with any medication.
Vancomycin can cause kidney abnormality , it can cause the red person syndrome( itching, flushing of neck, face and torso) when given too fast intravenously, ototoxicity ( hearing problems), although these possibilities exist this should not deter treatment of MRSA with vancomycin, not everyone who receive vancomycin will have side effects.

In brief: Yes
Side effects are possible with any medication.
Vancomycin can cause kidney abnormality , it can cause the red person syndrome( itching, flushing of neck, face and torso) when given too fast intravenously, ototoxicity ( hearing problems), although these possibilities exist this should not deter treatment of MRSA with vancomycin, not everyone who receive vancomycin will have side effects.
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Dr. Claude Parola
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