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Brand name: Vycin IV TM

Active ingredients: vancomycin

What it is used for

Vancomycin hydrochloride for intravenous infusion is indicated for potentially life-threatening infections, which cannot be treated with another effective, less toxic antimicrobial drug, including the penicillins and cephalosporins. VANCOMYCIN AN is useful in therapy of severe staphylococcal (including methicillin resistant staphylococcal) infections in patients who cannot receive or who have 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. VANCOMYCIN AN is effective alone or in combination with an aminoglycoside for endocarditis caused by Strep. viridans or Strep. bovis. For endocarditis caused by enterococci (e.g. E. faecalis), VANCOMYCIN AN is effective only in combination with an aminoglycoside. VANCOMYCIN AN is effective for the treatment of diphtheroid endocarditis. VANCOMYCIN AN is used in combination with rifampicin, an aminoglycoside, or both in early onset prosthetic valve endocarditis caused by Staph. epidermidis or diphtheroids. The effectiveness of VANCOMYCIN AN has been documented 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 bacteriological cultures should be obtained in order to isolate and identify causative organisms and to determine their susceptibilities to VANCOMYCIN AN. Note for clinicians: VANCOMYCIN AN should be administered orally for the treatment of Staphylococcal enterocolitis and antibiotic associated pseudo membranous colitis produced by C. difficile. Parenteral administration of Vancomycin alone is inappropriate for this indication. Vancomycin is 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 pseudomembranous 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: Intravenous
  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Light
  • Lifetime is 2 Years.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

A white to light brown solid in a clear glass vial with a green flip-off cap.

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

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.

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Disclaimer

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  • Therapeutic Good's Administration (TGA)
  • Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
  • GuildLink
  • DrugBank

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