Vancomycin

by on May 28, 2012
Brand Names:Vancocin
Generic name:vancomycin
Pregnancy Category:C
Half-life:4 - 11 hours

What is Vancomycin?

Vancomycin is a generic medication that is commonly referred to as its brand name, Vancocin. It is a glycopeptide antibiotic, and it is typically only used once treatment with other antibiotics has failed. It can be administered orally and patients may develop a resistance to this and other antibiotics if it is used unnecessarily or overused.

Vancomycin Uses

Vancomycin is used for the treatment of bacterial infections of the intestines which typically happens after the use of another antibiotic has caused the growth of resistant bacteria in the intestines.   This leads to a condition of severe diarrhea known as Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea.

VancomycinIt is important that when medicine is taken at home that it be consumed at regular intervals. It is also important to continue to take doses even if symptoms of the infection are gone, and it is important to not skip or stop taking doses. If a person believes that they have accidently taken too much of the medicine, it is important for them to go to an emergency room or contact the poison control center immediately.