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Can reconstituted vancomycin be ingested?

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JohnySmith 4 Feb 2010

No, never do this. Vancomycin is only for intravenous route of administration. If you take it orally this drug will be absolutely ineffective for you and even unsafe.

tzy 12 Feb 2010

How do you know this? They do make an oral suspension.

jomf 14 Feb 2012

Stumbled upon your question, although a year late:
"The parenteral form of Sterile Vancomycin Hydrochloride may be administered orally for treatment of antibiotic-associated pseudomembranous colitis produced by C. difficile and for staphylococcal enterocolitis. Parenteral administration of vancomycin hydrochloride alone is of unproven benefit for these indications. Vancomycin is not effective by the oral route for other types of infections."

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