Vancomycin (ICP) is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) vancomycin. On this page you will find out more about Vancomycin (ICP), 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:
Vancomycin (ICP) 500 mg powder for injection, 1 vial
Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:
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What this medicine is 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 ACT 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.
Table of characteristics
|Visual appearance||A white to light brown solid in a clear glass vial with a grey flip-off cap.|
|Dosage Form||Injection, powder for|
|Route of administration||Intravenous|
1 vial: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
10 vials: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
5 vials: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
There is one type of pack available.
Pack type 1
|Storage temperature||Store below 25 degrees Celsius|
|Storage conditions||Protect from Light|
|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
The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.
Is this medication banned in sport?
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