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Vancocin 250mg 20 Capsules

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Vancocin capsules

What are vancocin capsules?
Vancocin is an antibiotic. Absorption of vancomycin from the stomach is poor. Taken by mouth, it only works in the treatment of bacterial infections of the intestines (pseudomembranous colitis). Generic vancomycin capsules are not available.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
?dehydration
?inflammatory bowel disease
?kidney disease
?other chronic illness
?an unusual or allergic reaction to vancomycin, other medicines foods, dyes, or preservatives
?pregnant or trying to get pregnant
?breast-feeding

How should I take this medicine?
Take vancomycin capsules by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take with a full glass of water. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Finish the full course of medicine prescribed by your prescriber or health care professional even if you feel better. Do not stop using except on your prescriber’s advice.

What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What drug(s) may interact with vancomycin?
?cholestyramine
?colestipol
Taking these medicines at the same time as vancomycin may stop either medicine working properly. If your prescriber or health care professional also prescribes cholestyramine or colestipol, leave an interval of at least 3 or 4 hours before you take vancomycin.

Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

What side effects may I notice from taking vancomycin?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
?skin rash
If you take vancomycin by mouth, other serious side effects are rare. Call your prescriber or health care professional if notice any other unusual symptoms.

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
?nausea, vomiting

What should I watch for while taking vancomycin?
Tell your prescriber or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve in a few days.

Call your prescriber or health care professional if you get diarrhea. Do not treat yourself. Some diarrhea medicine will make your diarrhea worse.

Where can I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.

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