GENERIC NAME: VANCOMYCIN/D5W - FROZEN PIGGYBACK INJECTION (vank-oh-MY-sin)
BRAND NAME(S): Vancocin
HOW TO USE: This medication is usually given by injection into a vein as directed by your doctor, usually 1 or 2 times a day. It should be injected slowly over 1 to 2 hours. The dosage is based on your medical condition, weight, kidney function, and response to treatment. (See also Side Effects.)Thaw frozen container at room temperature or in the refrigerator at 41 degrees F (5 degrees C). Do not try to speed the thawing process by putting in a water bath or microwave. After thawing, shake well and squeeze the container to check for leaks. Discard the solution if the container leaks. Do not freeze it again after thawing.If you are giving this medication to yourself at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional. After the solution is thawed, do not use it if it is still cloudy. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. Therefore, use this drug at evenly spaced intervals.Continue to use this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow, which may result in a return of the infection.Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
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