Vancocin Capsules

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Vancocin Capsules

Generic Name: Vancomycin Capsules (van-koe-MYE-sin)
Brand Name: Vancocin

Vancocin Capsules is used for:

Treating bacterial infections of the stomach or bowel.

Vancocin Capsules is an antibiotic. It works by killing sensitive bacteria.

Do NOT use Vancocin Capsules if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Vancocin Capsules

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Vancocin Capsules:

Some medical conditions may interact with Vancocin Capsules. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have kidney problems, colitis or other inflammation of the bowel, or hearing problems

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Vancocin Capsules. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Aminoglycosides (eg, tobramycin) because the risk of kidney toxicity may be increased
  • Methotrexate because the actions and side effects may be increased by Vancocin Capsules

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Vancocin Capsules may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Vancocin Capsules:

Use Vancocin Capsules as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Vancocin Capsules may be taken with or without food.
  • To clear up your infection completely, continue using Vancocin Capsules for the full course of treatment even if you feel better in a few days.
  • Continue to use Vancocin Capsules even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of Vancocin Capsules, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Vancocin Capsules.

Important safety information:

  • Vancocin Capsules is effective only against bacteria. It is not effective for treating viral infections (eg, the common cold).
  • Long-term or repeated use of Vancocin Capsules may cause a second infection. Your doctor may want to change your medicine to treat the second infection. Contact your doctor if signs of a second infection occur.
  • It is important to use Vancocin Capsules for the full course of treatment. Failure to do so may decrease the effectiveness of Vancocin Capsules and increase the risk that the bacteria will no longer be sensitive to Vancocin Capsules and will not be able to be treated by this or certain other antibiotics in the future.
  • LAB TESTS, including kidney function tests, may be performed to monitor your progress or to check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use Vancocin Capsules with caution in the ELDERLY because they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Use Vancocin Capsules with extreme caution in CHILDREN. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is unknown if Vancocin Capsules can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant while taking Vancocin Capsules, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Vancocin Capsules during pregnancy. Vancocin Capsules is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Vancocin Capsules.

Possible side effects of Vancocin Capsules:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. When used in small doses, no COMMON side effects have been reported with this product. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain; decreased urination; fever, chills, or sore throat; flushing; red, swollen, or blistered skin; ringing in the ears or hearing loss; unusual bruising or bleeding; wheezing.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at .

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Vancocin Capsules:

Store Vancocin Capsules at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Vancocin Capsules out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Vancocin Capsules, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Vancocin Capsules is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Vancocin Capsules. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: November 1, 2006
Database Edition
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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