vancomycin - injection, Vancocin
GENERIC NAME: VANCOMYCIN - INJECTION (VAN-koe-MYE-sin)
BRAND NAME(S): Vancocin
USES: Vancomycin is an antibiotic used to treat serious bacterial infections. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.This medication is usually injected into a vein. However, this product comes in vials which may also be given by mouth to treat a severe intestinal condition known as Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea. This condition can rarely occur after the use of antibiotics has allowed the growth of a certain kind of resistant bacteria in the intestines, leading to severe diarrhea. When vancomycin is given by mouth, it is not absorbed by the body but remains in the intestines, allowing it to stop the growth of the bacteria. (See also How to Use section.)
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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