Type: Tricyclic Glycopeptide Antibiotic
Therapies & Conditions: Used in treatments for complicated skin infections, bloodstream infections, endocarditis, bone and joint infections.
Administration: The desired intravenous dose should be administered slowly over at least 60 minutes; administration frequency ranges from every 8 to 24 hours and should be adjusted based on renal function, age, and serum trough concentrations.
Method: Intravenous (IV) infusion
Side Effects: The use of Vancomycin can result in temporary or permanent hearing loss; other common adverse effects of intravenous vancomycin injection include nephrotoxicity, hypotension, and hypersensitivity reactions.
For more detailed information on Vancomycin, please visit FDA.gov
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is infusion therapy?
Infusion therapy involves the administration of medication through a needle or catheter. It is usually prescribed when a patient’s condition cannot be treated with oral medication. Read more about infusion therapy treatments.
- Is home infusion therapy safe?
Home and alternate site infusion therapy is a proven, safe and effective alternative to hospital inpatient care.[*]Bhole, M. V., Burton, J., & Chapel, H. M. (2008). Self-infusion programmes for immunoglobulin replacement at home: Feasibility, safety and efficacy. Immunology and Allergy Clinics of North America,28(4), 821-832. [*]Souayah, N., Hasan, A., Khan, H., et al. (2011). The safety profile of home infusion of intravenous immunoglobulin in patients with neuroimmunologic disorders.Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease, 12(suppl 4), S1-10. For most people, receiving treatment at home or in an alternate treatment setting, like an infusion suite, is preferable to hospital inpatient care. It can provide comfort and convenience for patients and offers less interruption to their daily activities. It can also be a cost-effective alternative to expensive hospital stays.[*]Home infusion therapy: Differences between Medicare and private insurers’ coverage. (2010, June). United States Government Accountability Office Report to Congressional Requesters. Accessed July 23, 2012: http://www.gao.gov/assets/310/305261.pdf. [*]Einodshofer, M. (2012). A plan for medical specialty medications – increase member access, affordability and outcomes while decreasing plan costs. Presented at: 2012 Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute Annual Drug Benefit Conference; 2012 Feb. 22-24; Scottsdale, Ariz.
- Can I travel while on infusion therapy?
Option Care Health regularly cares for patients who travel, work, coach baseball, play basketball, and do just about anything you can think of while on infusion therapy. We have state-of-the-art infusion devices that are lightweight and portable and require only a backpack, purse, or even a pocket for transport. Our nationwide network of nurses and pharmacies have the capability to support all of your infusion therapy needs while you travel for work or pleasure within the United States. Read more about traveling while receiving infusion therapy treatments.