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Brand name: Vancocin CP

Vancocin CP is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) vancomycin. On this page you will find out more about Vancocin CP, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: vancomycin

Pack size information

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Information for medicine and pack size:
Vancocin CP 1 g powder for injection, 1 vial

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

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What this medicine is 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.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance White to off-white powder.
Dosage Form Injection, powder for
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
1 x 1g: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
10 x 1g: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Vial
Storage temperature Store below 25 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 2 Years
We were unable to verify that this medicine is available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme). Please consult your pharmacist if you need further information

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