What is Vancomycin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Vancocin

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Vancomycin is antibiotic used to treat staphyloccal and streptococcal infections. It is used off label to treat bacterial endophthalmitis, a infection of the interior of the eye.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) 13 6
Pneumonia 10 3
Clostridium difficile 6 7
Pseudomembranous Colitis 3 3
Cellulitis 2 0
Infection 2 1

Show all 21 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 8
Mild 3
None 23

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Vancomycin

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 3
Red man syndrome 2
Allergic reaction 1
Anaphylaxis 1
Breathing difficulty 1
Brittle hair 1

Show all 16 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Vancomycin

Dosage Patients
500 mg daily 1
1,000 mg twice daily 1
2,000 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Vancomycin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 30
Doctor's advice 4
Side effects too severe 3
Other 2
Did not seem to work 1
See all 36 patients who’ve stopped taking Vancomycin

Duration

Currently taking Vancomycin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
2 - 5 years 1

Stopped taking Vancomycin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 23
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 3
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 29
Usually 5
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 11
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 16
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 6
$100-199 4
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 16
Not specified 9

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Vancomycin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Metronidazole (Flagyl) 3
Ceftriaxone (Rocephin) 1

Patients stopped taking Vancomycin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Fidaxomicin 1
Metronidazole (Flagyl) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Vancomycin

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AutumnFairy
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AutumnFairy
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: All
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Some
Stiffness: All
function: Little
external_stress: Some
Stickman: most
Description:F46y
FM:10y Dx
CFS:?y
I am: vb
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See AutumnFairy's full Vancomycin history

Jul 1, 2013 (Started Jul 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pseudomembranous Colitis)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Clostridium difficile)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Upset stomach)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
jmmkrepop
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jmmkrepop
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 40
Condition: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 14 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: g
I have:
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

See jmmkrepop's full Vancomycin history

Feb 26, 2013 (Started Dec 24, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Broken Hip (left))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Brittle hair, Yellow teeth)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 x 5%-1 g/200 mL Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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