Vancomycin injection is used alone
or in combination with other medications to treat certain serious infections such
as endocarditis (infection of the heart lining and valves), peritonitis
(inflammation of the lining of the abdomen), and infections of the lungs, skin,
blood, and bones. Vancomycin injection is in a class of medications called
glycopeptide antibiotics. It works by killing bacteria that cause infections.
comes as a powder to be added to fluid and injected intravenously (into a
vein). It is usually infused (injected slowly) over a period of at least 60
minutes once every 6 or 12 hours, but may be given every 8 hours in newborn
babies. The length of your treatment depends on the type of infection you have.
such as vancomycin injection will not work for colds, flu, or other viral
infections. Taking or using antibiotics when they are not needed increases your
risk of getting an infection later that resists antibiotic treatment.