Vancomycin

Name:

Vancomycin

Generic Name:

Vancomycin Hydrochloride

Form:

Capsule

Medication Class:

Antibiotic

Active Ingredient:

Vancomycin Hydrochloride

Pregnancy Category:

Consult your physician (Category B)

About this medication

Vancomycin is the name of the medication. It comes in the form of a capsule, and should be taken by mouth. It belongs to a class of medications called Antibiotic.

Why is this medication prescribed

Germs can cause infections in the body. The symptoms depend on the location of the infection in the body. This medication is used for many kinds of infections caused by germs.

How does it work

Vancomycin belongs to a group of medications called Antibiotics. It works by either stopping the growth of germs or by killing them when they try to grow. Complete the antibiotic treatment as the doctor ordered even if you feel better. Antibiotics will not work for viral infections such as colds or flu.

How to use it

This medication comes as a capsule. You should put it in your mouth and swallow it with a glass of water.

What to do if you are pregnant

Tell your physician if you become pregnant. There are not enough studies about this medication in pregnant women. Use the medication during pregnancy only if clearly needed.

Last Update: May 13th 2017
Data sources: Label (May 13th 2017), FDA (May 31st 2015)