Basic Information On Vancocin
Vancocin is a glycol-peptide antibiotic drug which is derived from the Streptomyces orientalis. It is used to treat or prevent bacterial infections. It is administered orally in the form of capsules. It is used in the treatment of colitis or diarrhea which is caused due to certain strains of bacteria. It is also used in the treatment of pseudomembranous colitis and entero-colitis which is caused due to C. difficile and Staphylococcus aureus respectively. These two conditions are often known as diarrhea associated with antibiotics and can lead to inflammations of the small intestine or colon. Brand or generic Vancocin acts by inhibiting the biosynthesis of the gram-positive cell walls. The drug also alters the RNA synthesis and permeability of the bacterial cell-membrane.
Precautions / Side Effects For Vancocin
You may not experience any common side effects when Vancocin is administered in small doses. However, serious side effects of the drug may include chest pain, bloody stools, sore throat, fever, chills, decrease in the volume and frequency of urine and numbness of the legs or arms. The drug may also lead to irritation, flushing, swelling or pain at the site of administration if taken as an injection. Vancomycin may cause blisters, redness or swelling on the skin, sudden hearing impairment, ringing in ears, sudden leg-pain, severe dizziness, severe diarrhea, severe cramps or pain in the stomach, nausea, vomiting and headache.
Vancomycin may cause allergic reactions such as difficulty in breathing, hives, rashes, tightness of the chest and swelling in the tongue, lips, mouth or face. If you experience any of the above mentioned side effects or allergic reactions, then consult your physician immediately. Before administering the Vancocin drug, let your doctor know if you are pregnant, if you have any pre-existing medical conditions such as colitis, kidney problems, inflammation of bowels etc.
The drug is administered orally in the form of capsules. The recommended dose of brand or generic Vancocin in children is 40 mg per kg of body weight per day. This is administered in 3 or 4 divided doses in a day, for a maximum period of 7-10 days. The maximum recommended dose in children is 2 g/day. In adults the recommended dosage of Vancocin is 500 mg to 2 g per day. This is administered in 3 or 4 divided doses in a day, for a maximum period of 7-10 days. The maximum recommended dose in adults is 2 g/day and should not be exceeded.
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