vancomycin, Vancocin (cont.)

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Adult (= 18 years): The recommended total daily dosage is 500 mg to 2000 mg administered in 3 or 4 divided doses for 7 to 10 days.

Pediatric (<18 years): The recommended dose is 40 mg/kg in 3 or 4 divided doses for 7 to 10 days. Total daily dose should not exceed 2 grams.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: No drug interaction studies have been conducted for oral vancomycin.

PREGNANCY: Use of vancomycin in pregnancy has not been adequately evaluated. Due to the lack of safety data, vancomycin should be used in pregnancy only if clearly needed. Oral vancomycin is classified as FDA pregnancy risk category B. This designation indicates animal studies have shown no harm to the fetus, but adequate safety studies on pregnant women do not exist.

NURSING MOTHERS: Vancomycin is excreted in human milk after intravenous administration. However, oral administration of vancomycin does not result in significant levels of drug in the blood, and it is not known if vancomycin is excreted in breast milk after oral administration. Due to the lack of safety data, oral vancomycin should be used cautiously in nursing mothers.

REFERENCE: FDA Prescribing Information

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/22/2015

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