The oral form of Vancocin or Vancomycin generic is prescribed to treat certain infections of the gastrointestinal tract. When Vancomycin is taken orally, it is not significantly absorbed from the gut into the bloodstream. Therefore, oral Vancomycin is generally prescribed for the treatment of infections that are limited to the gastrointestinal tract such as inflammation of the bowel lining caused by infection with a type of bacteria called Clostridium difficile and inflammation of the bowel and small intestine caused by infection with Staphylococcal bacteria.
Vancocin or generic Vancomycin belongs to a group of antibiotics called glycopeptides. When taken orally as directed, Vancocin will work by inhibiting the 2nd stage of bacterial cell wall production, reduces synthesis of the bacteria’s genetic material, as well as alters the cell membrane’s permeability. These actions all contribute to the death of the bacteria so you are on the road to wellness. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Pseudomembranous colitis is inflammation of the colon that occurs in some people who have taken antibiotics. Pseudomembranous colitis is sometimes called antibiotic-associated colitis or C. difficile colitis. This condition may occur following antibiotic treatment for an unrelated infection. The disturbance of normal health bacteria may provide an opportunity for C. difficile bacteria to thrive, causing symptoms such as abdominal cramping and diarrhea. Vancocin may also be prescribed in the treatment of enterocolitis, which is an inflammation of the bowel and small intestine that is caused by infection with Staphylococcal bacteria.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breast feeding as Vancocin may be harmful to your unborn or nursing baby. Discuss other medical conditions or allergies you have so your doctor can determine if Vancocin is the right drug for your situation.
Caution should be used when prescribing oral Vancocin for patients with: decreased kidney function, history of hearing problems, or inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
Until you know how Vancocin will affect your body, do not drive or take part in any activities that require you to be alert and steady.
Vancomycin can cause hearing loss. People with a history of hearing loss should not take this medication if possible. If you experience any hearing loss, dizziness, or ringing in your ears while taking Vancocin, you should contact your doctor immediately.