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Vancomycin Injection

Generic Name: Vancomycin Injection (van koe MYE sin)

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Sep 20, 2019.

Warning

  • Some injection products are not for use during pregnancy. These products contain other things that may cause harm to the unborn baby. If you are pregnant, talk with your doctor to make sure your product may be used during pregnancy.

Uses of Vancomycin Injection:

  • It is used to treat or prevent bacterial infections.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Vancomycin Injection?

  • If you have an allergy to vancomycin or any other part of vancomycin injection.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed.

This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take vancomycin injection with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Vancomycin Injection?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take vancomycin injection. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Kidney problems like kidney failure have happened with vancomycin injection. Tell your doctor if you have ever had kidney problems.
  • Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
  • You may need to have hearing tests while you use vancomycin injection. Talk with the doctor.
  • Do not use longer than you have been told. A second infection may happen.
  • This medicine is not approved for injection into the eye. Eye problems, including long-lasting loss of eyesight, have happened when vancomycin injection was given into the eye.
  • Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.
  • If you are 65 or older, use vancomycin injection with care. You could have more side effects.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using vancomycin injection while you are pregnant.
  • If you are able to get pregnant, your doctor may have you take a pregnancy test before starting vancomycin injection to show that you are NOT pregnant.

How is this medicine (Vancomycin Injection) best taken?

Use vancomycin injection as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • It is given as an infusion into a vein over a period of time.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Call your doctor to find out what to do.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of kidney problems like unable to pass urine, change in how much urine is passed, blood in the urine, or a big weight gain.
  • Flushing.
  • Pain when passing urine.
  • Fever or chills.
  • Sore throat.
  • Change in balance.
  • During the infusion, a rash on the face, neck, trunk, and arms.
  • This medicine may cause hearing loss that may not go away. The chance may be higher if you use vancomycin injection for a long time. Do not use vancomycin injection longer than you have been told by your doctor. Tell your doctor right away if you have a change in hearing or hearing loss.
  • Some health problems may happen when vancomycin injection is given too fast. This includes shortness of breath or wheezing, itching, muscle pain, chest pain, and signs of low blood pressure like dizziness or passing out. Tell your doctor right away if you have any of these signs.
  • This medicine may cause tissue damage if the drug leaks from the vein. Tell your nurse if you have any redness, burning, pain, swelling, blisters, skin sores, or leaking of fluid where the drug is going into your body.
  • Diarrhea is common with antibiotics. Rarely, a severe form called C diff–associated diarrhea (CDAD) may happen. Sometimes, this has led to a deadly bowel problem (colitis). CDAD may happen during or a few months after taking antibiotics. Call your doctor right away if you have stomach pain, cramps, or very loose, watery, or bloody stools. Check with your doctor before treating diarrhea.

What are some other side effects of Vancomycin Injection?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Vancomycin Injection?

  • If you need to store vancomycin injection at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about vancomycin injection, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

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