Medicine Overview of Vancogen Injection
Vancogen 500 mg Injection is used in the treatment of severe bacterial infections.
Side Effects of Vancogen are Injection site reactions (pain, swelling, redness), Allergic reaction, Rash, Itching, Decrease in blood pressure, Breathlessness, Flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck and trunk).
Your doctor or nurse will give you this medicine. Kindly do not self administer.
Vancogen 500 mg Injection is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by preventing them from forming the bacterial protective covering which is needed for them to survive.
In Depth Information on Vancogen Injection
- It is given as an oral form or as a drip (intravenous infusion) into a vein or into a muscle.
- Do not drive because you may feel sleepy or dizzy while being treated with vancomycin.
- During treatment patient may undergo blood, urine, or hearing tests to look for signs of side effects.
- Do not start or continue the vancomycin if you have a kidney problem or hearing difficulties.
- Avoid using vancomycin if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
Vancogen Injection related warnings
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
WEIGH RISKS VS BENEFITS
Vancogen 500 mg Injection may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
Vancogen 500 mg Injection is probably safe to use during lactation.
Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent a significant risk to the baby.
Vancogen 500 mg Injection does not usually affect your ability to drive.
Vancogen 500 mg Injection should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Vancogen 500 mg Injection may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Regular monitoring of kidney function test and some blood tests is advised while you are taking this medicine.
There is limited information available on the use of Vancogen 500 mg Injection in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.
Frequently asked questions about Vancogen Injection
Q. Is vancomycin a form of beta lactam, penicillin, cephalosporin, macrolide, or sulfa drug?
Vancomycin does not contain sulfa and is not a beta lactam, penicillin, cephalosporin, or macrolide drug
Q. Is it bactericidal or bacteristatic?
It is a broad spectrum bactericidal glycopeptide antibiotic
Q. Does Vancogen come in pill form?
Yes, Vancogen comes in pill form and used for the treatment of inflammation of the digestive tract (enterocolitis) caused by staphylococci and severe diarrhea (pseudomembranous colitis)
Q. Does Vancogen cause diarrhea?
No, Vancogen is not known to cause diarrhea. Please consult your doctor before taking the drug
Q. Can I take vancomycin with probiotics, ibuprofen, heparin, Zosyn, Tylenol, Tums, or Aleve?
Vancomycin is not reported to interact with ibuprofen, heparin, Zosyn (piperacillin and tazobactam), Tylenol (acetaminophen), Tums (sucrose and calcium carbonate), or Aleve (naproxen). It may reduce efficacy of probiotics. Please follow the advice of the doctor regarding their simultaneous use
Q. Can I take vancomycin with penicillin allergy?
Yes, vancomycin may be given to the patients who are allergic to penicillin
Q. What organisms does Vancogen cover?
Vancogen is mainly effective against gram-negative bacteria such as pseudomonas as well as some gram-positive bacteria such as streptococcus. It is a drug of choice for infections due to Clostridium difficile and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (mrsa).
Severely interacts with other drugs like
Taking Vancogen with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Medicines with composition Benzydamine: Ready Rinse
Medicines with composition Nimesulide: Nimsun, Abinim, Nimulis, Neil, Zenee PR, Sanim, Esulide, Renex, Nimoffin, Selide
Medicines with composition Amikacin: Mikasun, Vizocin, Amricin, Gramika, Amitrex, Welmic, Spakin, Acean, Abiox, Blocin
Medicines with composition Neomycin: Neocin
Medicines with composition Netilmicin: Netyl
Medicines with composition Gentamicin: Begenta, Indogenta, Spagen, GB Gen, Garacin, Gentadin, Jentin
Medicines with composition Metamizole / Dipyrone: Pyregin
Medicines with composition Tricholine Citrate: Tricit
Medicines with composition Amphotericin B: Hospicin B
Medicines with composition Tobramycin: Bactob, Torvis, Tojawa, Cobex, Tobran, Obra
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