vancomycin - oral, Vancocin (cont.)
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking vancomycin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, hearing problems, stomach/intestinal problems (e.g., inflammatory disorders of the intestines).Older adults may be more sensitive to this drug's effects, especially the kidney effects.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.This medication does not pass into breast milk and is unlikely to cause harm to a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: (See also How to Use section.)Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: aminoglycosides (e.g., gentamicin, neomycin), amphotericin B, other antibiotics, live bacterial vaccines.If you will be undergoing treatment requiring anesthesia, tell the doctor/dentist you have been using vancomycin.Although most antibiotics probably do not affect hormonal birth control such as pills, patch, or ring, some antibiotics may decrease their effectiveness. This could cause pregnancy. Examples include rifamycins such as rifampin or rifabutin. Be sure to ask your doctor or pharmacist if you should use additional reliable birth control methods while using this antibiotic.This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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