Vancocin

(vancomycin)

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Treats bacterial infections.

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Vancocin (vancomycin) is effective in treating C. difficile-associated diarrhea or Staph infection of the small intestine and colon.

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Quick facts about Vancocin
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (vancomycin)

Upsides

  • Vancocin (vancomycin) is the first choice medicine to treat C. difficile-associated diarrhea.
  • Available in generic.
  • Available as both a capsule and a liquid.
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Downsides

  • Vancocin (vancomycin) is only given by mouth to treat C. difficile-associated diarrhea or Staph infection of the small intestine and colon. It is not effective for other types of infections.
  • Vancocin (vancomycin) must be taken 3 to 4 times a day.
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How it works

Vancocin (vancomycin) is an antibacterial. It kills bacteria by preventing them from making their own protective covering.

Quick facts about Vancocin
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (vancomycin)

Used for

  • Clostridium difficile diarrhea
  • Staphylococcal infection of small intestine and colon

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Liquid
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What to expect when you take Vancocin (vancomycin) for C. difficile associated diarrhea

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  • Possible side effects
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
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Side effect rates for Vancocin (vancomycin)

From 260 clinical trials of Vancocin when taken for c. difficile associated diarrhea (125 mg po qid)
  • Nausea
    17%17%
  • Abdominal pain
    15%15%
  • Low potassium levels
    13%13%
  • Vomiting
    9%9%
  • Diarrhea
    9%9%
  • Fever
    9%9%
  • Gas
    8%8%
  • Urinary tract infection
    8%8%
  • Headache
    7%7%
  • Swelling
    6%6%
  • Back pain
    6%6%
  • Fatigue
    5%5%
  • Kidney problems
    5%5%
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Risks and Warnings for Vancocin (vancomycin)

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  • Vancocin (vancomycin) is only given as the oral pill or liquid solution to treat C. difficile-associated diarrhea or Staph infection of the small intestine and colon. It is not absorbed by the body so it is not effective for other types of infections.

Pharmacist Q&A

Vancocin (vancomycin) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats C. difficile-associated diarrhea.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats C. difficile-associated diarrhea.

Common concerns from people taking Vancocin (vancomycin)

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Food
  • Take with or without food.
Kidneys and liver
  • Vancocin (vancomycin) has caused kidney problems. The risk may be greater in older adults. Tell your doctor right away if you are unable to pass urine or if there is a change in the amount of urine passed.