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User Reviews for Vancomycin

Also known as: Vancocin, Firvanq, Vancocin HCl, Vancocin HCl Pulvules

Vancomycin has an average rating of 7.2 out of 10 from a total of 38 ratings on Drugs.com. 56% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 22% reported a negative effect.

Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
Bacterial Infection  
7.6
11 reviews 171 medications
Clostridioides difficile Infection  
6.2
8 reviews 31 medications
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infection  
9.3
4 reviews 10 medications
Bone infection  
6.0
4 reviews 65 medications
Pneumonia  
9.0
2 reviews 188 medications
Skin or Soft Tissue Infection  
2.5
2 reviews 162 medications
Bacteremia  
9.5
2 reviews 53 medications
Surgical Prophylaxis  
10.0
2 reviews 52 medications
Meningitis  
7.0
1 reviews 70 medications
Peritonitis  
9.0
1 reviews 78 medications
Sepsis  
2.0
1 reviews 19 medications
Summary of Vancomycin reviews 7.2 38 reviews

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Reviews for Vancomycin

jhill15 · Taken for less than 1 month February 26, 2013

For Clostridioides difficile Infection: “Diagnosed with C Diff and prescribed Flagyl. Worst week of my life. Terrible side effects including dizziness, insomnia, weepiness, irritable, nightmares, tingling and numbness in feet and legs. I even felt as if my personality changed! My doctor (who I will no longer see) refused to change my medicine to vancomycin, but told me to "tough it out". I painstakingly took 6 days of Flagyl but couldn't take any more. I went to a different doctor and she immediately prescribed Vancomycin. My C Diff symptoms disappeared almost immediately, no side effects but maybe occasional headache. I can't say how happy I am with this medicine. I can take the full course of 10 days with no problems, and C Diff symptoms have not returned yet. Can't believe the difference.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous October 11, 2011

For Bacterial Infection: “I have been battling a C diff infection for a couple months now. I tried a 10 day (500mg x3) course of Flagyl which didn't seem to help much. The Flagyl seemed to increase my nausea while only slightly reducing the waves of stomach pain and didn't seem to improve the diarrhea much at all. A couple days after ending the Flagyl, I was experiencing the worst symptoms of C diff. I immediately went on Vancomycin. I just finished a 14 day course (500mgx4) of Vancomycin yesterday, which seems to have cleared up the symptoms. Vancomycin is extremely expensive (my portion was nearly $2k after insurance picked up the bulk of the cost), but after Flagyl failed, I was glad the Vancomycin seems to have worked with no noticeable side effects.”

8 / 10
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rachface · Taken for less than 1 month October 22, 2019

For Clostridioides difficile Infection: “vancomycin seemed to kill the Clostridial bacteria infection- and everything else in my gut! Those with IBS-D who are sensitive to antibiotics may want to proceed with caution when choosing this drug to treat C. Diff; my side effects were sore bowels and intractable nausea which did not subside until a full week after I was done with the course.”

7 / 10
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mikeman3 June 26, 2011

For Clostridioides difficile Infection: “Cured the C-diff infection great, however have to take this for 14 days in liquid form, and when I finished taking it I now have had unbearable heartburn and reflux that will not go away well over a week now, have tried Pepto-Bismal, tums, Nexium 40 mg and everything else over the counter and prescription for heartburn, and the severe heartburn still is not resolving or going away.”

7 / 10
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C. Holliday April 9, 2016

For Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infection: “This antibiotic was administered every 8 hours for 10 days saved my leg possibly my life yes I had heartburn yes I had a rash and I'd do it all over again because it saved my life I hope this country continues to develop powerful drugs like this one that can save us from diseases/ infections and such that continue to overtake our communities.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous November 19, 2020

For Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infection: “I was on this drug after a surgery gone bad where I contracted MRSA. I had a Dura rupture (membrane that surrounds the spinal cord and holds in your celebral spinal fluid) after a spinal surgery, lost all my celebral spinal fluid draining into my body cavity and then developed MRSA around all my internal organs as well mixed with the fluid in my spinal cord and around my brain. After repair, I spent 14 months in ICU Infectious Disease isolation on IV Vancomycin, then had a PICC line put in and self infused at home for 8 more weeks. Like chemo, it is very hard on your systems when given IV. They call it the antibiotic of last resort, maybe so but it works and it saved my life. Every Dr, RN, and Tech that eyeballed my chart wasn't giving me even a 5% survival chance and without it I know it would have been 0.0%.”

10 / 10
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Teeth are deadly · Taken for less than 1 month August 9, 2019

For Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infection: “I had an abscessed toothe Dr put me on a strong antibiotic took last pill the day it was pulled. I was hospitalized 10 days later told the MRSA was in my bloodstream going to all my major organs & quarantined. A main IV picline had to be inserted & they gave me IV vancomycin round the clock with an oral antibiotic called rifampin. I was told by Center for Disease Control it may be weeks. I was sent home on the 7th day but required IV vancomycin 2 times a day for another 7 days. If the vancomycin hadn't worked I probably would've died of sepsis.”

7 / 10
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MarlaMoo April 2, 2015

For Bacterial Infection: “As a last resort I was placed on Vancomycin every 12 hrs for 7 wks to treat a post surgical MRSA staph infection. Thankfully with the help of a home health agency, I was able to administer it at home. Initially I didn't notice many side effects except feeling wore out. After 1 or 2 wks tho my chest felt very tight & taking breaths was painful. My Nurse recommended Zantac for heartburn. Honestly tho, a muscle relaxer worked better & took away those symptoms. Then a few wks into treatment I started getting bad dizzy spells. For that my nurse recommended regular V8 juice to increase my sodium. That worked great! Overall the side effects of the actual medicine wasn't too bad compared to the benefits. By wk 6/7 the staph wounds mostly cleared up.”

8 / 10
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Deaths Door May 8, 2017

For Clostridioides difficile Infection: “I can't rate the actual medication because I can't afford it. I've been on over 14 weeks of flagyl total and I am on disability and vancomycin is over 50% of my income so I can either die starving and homeless or die a slow painful death of c diff - which is how I currently feel. Right now it's a coin toss”

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Fatma Faisal · Taken for less than 1 month August 2, 2015

For Clostridioides difficile Infection: “I have given this to my mother, 2 courses (2x15days) after a C.Diff infection. Beside it so expensive (C$540) it made the diarrhea symptoms goes away for the duration of course then comes back again! So disappointed, Dr. Now indicated that third course maybe in the way.”

2 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month December 1, 2015

For Bone infection: “My father was taking this dug two times a day every twelve hours. Started off good then developed a rash. Then got terribly sick. Went to the hospital and went into total organ failure. Would not recommend this drug.”

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Dee Thomas September 10, 2016

For Bone infection: “I was admitted to hospital with cellulitis/osteomyelitis. I am a diabetic and a heart patient. My dosage was decreased several times due to loss of kidney function and landed at 500 mg IV therapy after two weeks of daily treatment. After 4 1/2 weeks, my levels were toxic and my kidney function was at the lowest ever 21. At that point, treatment was discontinued. However, I lost my sense of taste and have been unable to taste salt completely. It has been 3 weeks now with the loss of taste. I talked With two other IV antibiotic patients on Vancomycin and they reported a loss of taste sensation as well. I have not read about this side effect on any of the web sites. Why is this side effect not included?”

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BarbMarch58 September 1, 2009

For Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infection: “This medicine given IV at 5X the recommended adult dose, along with the skill of the best surgeon in Cleveland, SAVED MY LIFE FROM MRSA - which at 9 am looked like a spider bite on my leg and by 1 pm had developed into an orange-sized deadly cyst. I was in isolation for 6 days, coma for one, and AM GRATEFUL FOR MY LIFE! Thank you to the scientists who developed this miracle!! [And don't ignore rapidly enlarging cyst-like growths!]”

10 / 10
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SharonChavez June 2, 2016

“Vancomycin did not cure me or help my condition. I went four or 5 rounds (the days ran into each other) paid $600.00 every 10 days to get another round of pills. Could not sleep. Frequently went 2 days without sleep. Cried, cried, cried, lots of depression. Ended up getting a stool transplant (something that I wasn't told was an option until this drug didn't work and we had thousands of dollars wrapped up in taking it. Stool transplant worked, no problem, I got my life back.”

3 / 10
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cellulitus patient September 20, 2008

For Bacterial Infection: “My doctors have used vancomycin successfully in two episodes of cellulitus. I was hospitalized both times one year apart and the first time many drugs were not helping the staph origin infection. I tested negative for MRSA, but the infection was ravenous. I did develop intense flushing when infusing over the 2 hour period. The last episode lasted 6 days the first episode lasted 11 days. I highly recommend involvement of a wound doctor and compression socks to heal.”

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Sammy October 17, 2019

For Bacterial Infection: “I've just started taking this yesterday for C Diff . I hope it works , I am taking the liquid . I was getting it intravenous in the hospital for a couple of days, and they sent me home with the liquid . All I know right now is that it taste like burnt tires . (NASTY)”

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Anonymous February 28, 2011

For Bacterial Infection: “I got this medication through my IV while in the hospital for an infection in my lymphnodes in my neck. My white count was down and I felt a lot better after about 3 days! The only side effects I got was nausea and HORRIBLE heartburn (pepto bismol cured this), but it was worth it!”

9 / 10
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08sporttrac December 12, 2016

For Clostridioides difficile Infection: “Second time around for this drug in the last 5 months was diagnosed with clostridial infection after hospital stay in June now after this dose I expect to have fecal implant surgery to clear up all issues”

10 / 10
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Mom · Taken for less than 1 month June 15, 2018

For Skin or Soft Tissue Infection: “Was given vancomycin via pic intervenous line for severe toe infection going deep and not healing. With first infusion, felt woozy and weird. Several hours later, got 2nd. Infusion, and felt worse. Told nurse to remove needle. These infusions took 5 hours each! Prepared to undress for bed and saw skin on upper chest and stomach bright red. This was a severe allergy reaction . My skin started peeling off next day and continued doing that for a week. Traumatized badly.”

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Tibble May 22, 2011

For Pneumonia: “I was diagnosed with MRSA Pneumonia and the hospital tried 5 different types of IV antibiotics on me before they tried the vancomycin. After 2 weeks in hospital I was sent home with IVs administered twice a day for 14 days. It's been 3 weeks since I stopped the IVs and I'm still experiencing dizziness and nausea but my lungs are clear of the pneumonia. I also have pain in my legs at times. I am experiencing Stage 4 kidney failure but the creatinine levels are decreasing. Nonetheless, I am glad the vancomycin worked. ”

8 / 10
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Waxahachie October 5, 2011

For Surgical Prophylaxis: “I was about to go into the operating room for knee replacement and they started Vancomycin via IV. Shortly I started itching, burning, and skin turned red..... especially the scalp, neck, and palms of my hands. Surgery was postponed. This experience was a blessing since I found out the knee replacement contained nickel and I'm VERY allergic to nickel. At least it prevented a disaster!”

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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month April 20, 2014

For Pneumonia: “I was in the hospital for 10 days with severe pneumonia and several other infections in my head and the combination of vancomycin, Zosyn, Flagyl and Zithromax cleared the majority of the symptoms in a few days. Vancomycin was the primary antibiotic.”

10 / 10
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Jen · Taken for less than 1 month June 29, 2020

For Bacterial Infection: “Have been on Vancomycin (IV usage) for a few days now. Started treatment in hospital for a stubborn kidney infection after several other antibiotics didn’t work. Had fevers and chills for ten days prior to starting vancomycin. After just two days on it, the fever went away. I am on day four of treatment at home, but have diarrhea from it. Nurse told me to eat yogurt and so I’ve started. Will see how it goes. But definitely feeling better from the infection!”

8 / 10
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tm1_83 · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 17, 2019

For Bacteremia: “This drug saved my life back in January of 2012. I was on it for 30 days at 2 IV solutions a day to clear me up. I’m currently on it again for the same condition. I have never experienced any side effects and was/am pleased and very thankful for its results as the drug is saving my life again at this very moment that I type this while admitted to the hospital. I have nothing negative to say about the results of this drug”

10 / 10
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Anonymous July 12, 2012

For Skin or Soft Tissue Infection: “I have received i.v. vancomycin previously without any adverse reactions however this past week I received a dose of it (i.v. again) and began severely itching and had facial swelling. I was in the ER and now I don't know if I am allergic to it or just sensitive to of or if it reacted to one of the medication I already take.”

4 / 10
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