Important Safety Information
Vancomycin is a prescription infusion medication used to treat infections. It is also used to treat skin and bloodstream staph infections.
Talk to your doctor about your entire medical history — particularly if you’ve had Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, kidney disease, or hearing problems. Also mention all drugs you’re currently taking — regardless of whether they’re prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, or herbal supplements, as some medications may have a harmful interaction with Vancomycin.
Long-term use of Vancomycin may cause oral thrush or other types of yeast infections. Tell your doctor if you notice white spots in your mouth or a change in vaginal discharge.
What is the most important information I should know about Vancomycin?
Vancomycin may cause temporary or permanent hearing loss. Stop treatment and tell your doctor immediately if you notice any changes in your hearing or if you experience a ringing in your ears.
It is unknown whether Vancomycin would be harmful to an unborn baby. Therefore, tell your doctor if you’re pregnant or are planning to become pregnant so that you can discuss your options. Vancomycin can also pass to your baby through breast milk — which would be harmful to your child. Do not breastfeed while undergoing treatment with this medication.
Side Effects of Vancomycin
As with any prescription medication, Vancomycin carries the risk of side effects. The most common ones include:
- Stomach pain
- Pain, redness, and/or tenderness at the site of the IV
In rare cases, patients may experience more serious, life-threatening side effects. Seek emergency medical care immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Chest or back spasms
- Increased diarrhea
- Watery or bloody bowel movements
- Blurred or reduced vision
- Hearing loss
- Ringing in your ears
- Swelling of the face, throat, tongue, and/or lips
- Rapid weight gain
- Pain on your side
- Lower back pain
- Little to no urinating
- Easy bleeding
Tell your doctor if you experience any negative side effects. You are also encouraged to report such side effects to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by visiting www.fda.gov/medwatch, or by calling 1-800-FDA-1088.
Skin and skin structure infections, bloodstream infections, and other infections.
Please refer to the full prescribing information.