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What is Vancomycin Antibiotic?Chemical Name: VANCOMYCIN (van-koe-MYE-sin)
Vancocin is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections. Vancomycin antibiotic works by killing the bacteria that are causing the infection. Vancomycin is used to treat an infection of the intestines caused by Clostridium difficile, which can cause watery or bloody diarrhea. It is also used to treat staph infections that can cause inflammation of the colon and small intestines.
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Vancocin contains vancomycin hydrochloride. The nonmedicinal ingredients include FD&C BlueNo. 2, gelatin, iron oxide, polyethylene glycol, and titanium dioxide.
The usual oral dose for adults is 125 mg to 500 mg taken every 6 to 8 hours for 7 to 10 days. It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Complete the full dosage even if you feel better as stopping the medication too early may result in a return of the infection. Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to cover up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice. In case of drug overdose, seek immediate medical help. Vancomycin should not be used by anyone who is allergic to vancomycin or to any of the ingredients of the medication. Let your doctor know of your medical history and all the medicines you are taking to avoid adverse drug interactions.
Side effects that may occur while taking this medication include nausea and unpleasant taste in the mouth. The other side effects include:
- Pain in the back and neck
- Severe decrease in blood pressure
Furthermore, the medicine can also result in:
- Drug fever
- Urinary tract infection
- Back pain
- A headache
Product Code: 1978
What is a Generic Drug?
A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.