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- What is vancomycin-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for vancomycin-oral?
- Is vancomycin-oral available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for vancomycin-oral?
- What are the side effects of vancomycin-oral?
- What is the dosage for vancomycin-oral?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with vancomycin-oral?
- Is vancomycin-oral safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about vancomycin-oral?
What is vancomycin-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Oral vancomycin is a glycopeptide antibiotic that is used for the treatment of Clostridium difficile diarrhea and staphylococcal enterocolitis. Vancomycin is a bactericidal antibiotic (it kills bacteria) that exerts its effects by preventing bacteria from forming cell walls, which they need to survive. Vancomycin is only effective against gram-positive bacteria.
Oral vancomycin is poorly absorbed, and ingestion does not result in significant levels of drug in the body. Therefore, oral vancomycin is limited to the treatment of infections that are limited to the gastrointestinal tract such as diarrhea that is associated with the overgrowth of C. difficile.
What brand names are available for vancomycin-oral?
Is vancomycin-oral available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for vancomycin-oral?
What are the side effects of vancomycin-oral?
The most common side effects associated with oral vancomycin treatment are
Less common side effects are:
- peripheral edema (swelling of the feet and/or legs),
- urinary tract infection, and
- back pain.
Rare but serious side effects are
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