Vancomycin is used to treat and prevent bacterial infections.
Vancomycin is given as a slow infusion into a vein, usually by a health professional.
If you miss a dose, contact your health professional as soon as possible.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with vancomycin including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Reaction during the infusion including: flushing, redness, itching, short of breath, dizziness, fast or irregular heartbeat
Reduced number of blood cells that fight infections or help your blood to clot - symptoms include: fever, chills, sore throat or generally feeling unwell, or easy or unusual bruising or bleeding
Hearing loss, ringing in the ears, unsteadiness
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Severe or persistent diarrhoea, abdominal pain
|Tell your doctor|
Pain, tenderness or redness at injection site
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the MyMedicines Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Te Whatu Ora - Waitaha, New Zealand. March 2023
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