Active ingredients: vancomycin
What it is used for
Indicated for potentially life-threatening infections which cannot be treated with another effective, less toxic antimicrobial drug, including the penicillins and cephalosporins. Severe staphylococcal (including methicillin-resistant staphylococcal) infections in patients who cannot receive or who failed to respond to the penicillins and cephalosporins or who have infections with staphylococci that are resistant to other antibiotics. Once sensitivity data are available, therapy should be adjusted accordingly. Alone or in combination with an aminoglycoside for endocarditis caused by S. viridans or S. bovis. For endocarditis caused by enterococci (eg E faecalis), only in combination with an aminoglycoside. For the treatment of diphtheroid endocarditis. In combination with rifampin, an aminoglycoside or both in early-onset prosthetic valve endocarditis caused by S. epidermidis or diphtheroids. In other infections due to staphylococci including osteomyelitis, pneumonia, septicaemia, and soft tissue infections. When staphylococcal infections are localised and purulent, antibiotics are used as adjuncts to appropriate surgical measures. Specimens for bacteriologic cultures should be obtained in order to isolate and identify causative organisms and to determine their susceptibilities to Vancocin CP. Should be administered orally for the treatment of Staphylococcal enterocolitis and antibiotic associated pseudomembranous colitis produced by C. difficile. Parenteral administration alone is inappropriate for this indication. Not effective by the oral route for other types of infections. For oral administration the parenteral formulation may be used. Some systemic absorption may occur following oral administration in patients with psueudomembranous colitis.
How to take it
You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.
- The way to take this medicine: Oral
- Store below 25 degrees Celsius
- Lifetime is 2 Years.
Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.
White to off-white powder.
Do I need a prescription?
This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4: Prescription Only Medicine.
Is this medicine subsidised?
This medicine may be subsidised which may make it cheaper. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website.
Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?
For the active ingredient vancomycin
You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.
For side effects, taking other medicines and more
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