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Description

Vancocin is an oral capsules consisting of a glycopeptide antibiotic drug called vancomycin. We carry the brand choice of this medication in 125mg and 250mg!

Vancocin is used for the treatment of certain an intestinal condition called colitis. This condition causes diarrhea and stomach/abdominal discomfort or pain. Alternatively, this medication may be used to treat diarrhea in patients with C diff, a bacterial infection.

Vancocin (vancomycin) is effective at the treatment of colitis and C diff due to its ability to stop the growth of bacteria in the intestines causing the infection.

Directions

Follow only the directions given to you by your doctor. Do not take more or less of a dose than directed. For the full benefit of the medication, ensure you take it regularly and create a routine by taking it around the same time every day. Store this medication at room temperature in a low risk area of heat and moisture. Ensure it is in an area not accessible by children or pets.

Vancocin is most commonly taken every 6 to 8 hours, swallowed whole with a glass of water. Take this medication at evenly spaced intervals to achieve the best effect.

If you also take a certain bile acid-binding cholesterol medication: Take Vancocin at least 3 – 4 hours before taking the bile acid-binding medication. Taking them around the same general time can cause ineffectiveness in this treatment.

Cautions

Do not use Vancocin (vancomycin)

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to vancomycin.

Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required

Before using this drug, it is important to tell your doctor about all medical conditions you have, especially if you have an intestinal disorder (such as inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis), kidney disease, hearing problems, or if you are receiving IV antibiotics.  

Risks

It is not known if this drug will harm an unborn baby if taken by a pregnant mother. Do not use this medication if you are pregnant before consulting your doctor about the risks and benefits.

Vancocin can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing infant. Do not breast feed while using this medication until you have discussed the risks and benefits with your doctor.

Side effects on the kidneys may be more likely to occur in patients who are older.

Side Effects

Common side effects of Vancocin (vancomycin) may include:

nausea; or stomach pain.

The above side effects should not alarm you.

Serious side effects of Vancocin (vancomycin) may include:

increased diarrhea that is watery or bloody; or hearing loss, ringing in your ears.

If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.

Please note this is not a complete list of side effects. Not everyone experiences side effects; they are not guaranteed. If you do have side effects and they become unmanageable, consult your doctor about alternate medications.

Contact your doctor if you notice signs of…

 kidney problems: little or no urinating, painful or difficult urination, swelling in your feet or ankles, feeling tired or short of breath; or

low potassium: confusion, uneven heart rate, extreme thirst, increased urination, leg discomfort, or muscle weakness or limp feeling.

FAQs

What is Vancomycin?

This medication is used to treat a variety of serious bacterial infections. Vancomycin is an antibiotic that works to stop the growth of the bacteria. Vancomycin is the name for the generic, while the brand is called Vancocin. And this medication comes in two strengths which are 125mg and 250mg. If you have any questions regarding this medication or any inquiries in general, feel free to give us a call at our toll free number 1-877-385-8998.

 

What type of antibiotic is Vancomycin?

Vancomycin is listed under a class of medications called glycopeptide antibiotics. And it works by killing bacteria within the intestines. This medication is only for this use alone, it will not work against any other bacterial infection.

 

What are the side effects of Vancomycin?

Some of the more common side effects of Vancomycin include the following; Serious allergic reactions, low blood pressure, wheezing, indigestion, hives or itching, Rapid infusion of Vancomycin may also cause flushing of the upper body (called "red neck" or "red man syndrome"), dizziness, or pain and muscle spasm of the chest and back. Keep in mind that these are not all of the side effects listed for this medication, and if you have any questions regarding this medication then consult with your doctor.

 

Why is Vancomycin so Expensive?

Vancomycin is typically on Medicare’s Tier 4 list of medications.  Tier 4 drugs are usually non-preffered brand name drugs, and usually cost a bit more then the tiers below. However, you may find a more suitable offer on an online Canadian Pharmacy such as My Drug Center. We have a starting price of $263.00 for 20 pills.