Vancomycin Capsules

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Vancomycin Capsules

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

Vancomycin Capsules is used for:

Treating bacterial infections of the stomach or bowel.

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

Do NOT use Vancomycin Capsules if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Vancomycin Capsules

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

Before using Vancomycin Capsules:

Some medical conditions may interact with Vancomycin 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 Vancomycin 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 Vancomycin Capsules

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Vancomycin 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 Vancomycin Capsules:

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

  • Vancomycin Capsules may be taken with or without food.
  • To clear up your infection completely, continue using Vancomycin Capsules for the full course of treatment even if you feel better in a few days.
  • Continue to use Vancomycin Capsules even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of Vancomycin 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 Vancomycin Capsules.

Important safety information:

  • Vancomycin Capsules is effective only against bacteria. It is not effective for treating viral infections (eg, the common cold).
  • Long-term or repeated use of Vancomycin 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 Vancomycin Capsules for the full course of treatment. Failure to do so may decrease the effectiveness of Vancomycin Capsules and increase the risk that the bacteria will no longer be sensitive to Vancomycin 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 Vancomycin Capsules with caution in the ELDERLY because they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Use Vancomycin Capsules with extreme caution in CHILDREN. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is unknown if Vancomycin Capsules can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant while taking Vancomycin Capsules, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Vancomycin Capsules during pregnancy. Vancomycin Capsules is excreted in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Vancomycin Capsules.

Possible side effects of Vancomycin 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 Vancomycin Capsules:

Store Vancomycin 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 Vancomycin Capsules out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Vancomycin Capsules, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Vancomycin 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 Vancomycin 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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