Vancomycin Hydrochloride

Synonyms: Hidrocloruro de vancomicina; Vancomycine, chlorhydrate de; Vancomycin-hydrochlorid; Vancomycini hydrochloridum; Vankomicinhidroklorid; Vankomicino hidrochloridas; Vankomisin Hidroklorür; Vankomycinhydroklorid; Vankomysiinihydrokloridi; Wankomycyny chlorowodorek.
Cyrillic synonym: Ванкомицина Гидрохлорид.

💊 Chemical information

Chemical formula: C66H75Cl2N9O24,HCl = 1485.7.
CAS — 1404-93-9.
ATC — A07AA09; J01XA01.
ATC Vet — QA07AA09; QJ01XA01.


In Eur., Jpn, and US.

Ph. Eur. 6.2

(Vancomycin Hydrochloride). A mixture of related glycopeptides, consisting principally of vancomycin B, a substance produced by certain strains of Amycolatopsis orientalis or obtained by any other means. A white or almost white, hygroscopic powder. Freely soluble in water; slightly soluble in alcohol. A 5% solution in water has a pH of 2.5 to 4.5. Store in air tight containers. Protect from light.

USP 31

(Vancomycin Hydrochloride). A substance or mixture of substances produced by the growth of Streptomyces orientalis. A tan to brown, odourless, free-flowing powder. Freely soluble in water; insoluble in chloroform and in ether. A 5% solution in water has a pH of 2.5 to 4.5. Store in airtight containers.


Solutions of vancomycin hydrochloride have an acid pH and incompatibility may reasonably be expected with alkaline preparations, or with drugs unstable at low pH. Reports of incompatibility are not always consistent, and other factors such as the strength of solution, and composition of the vehicles used, may play a part.


Although licensed product information recommends storage at 2° to 8°, solutions of vancomycin hydrochloride in various diluents (sodium chloride 0.9%, glucose 5%, and peritoneal dialysis solution) have been found to be stable for at least 14 days at room temperature. 1-3 The stability of vancomycin in ophthalmic solution has also been studied. 4 1. Das Gupta V, et al. Stability of vancomycin hydrochloride in 5% dextrose and 0.9% sodium chloride injections. Am J Hosp Pharm 1986; 43: 1729–31. 2. Walker SE, Birkhans B. Stability of intravenous vancomycin. Can J Hosp Pharm 1988; 41: 233–8. 3. Mauhinuey WM, et al. Stability of vancomycin hydrochloride in peritoneal dialysis solution. Am J Hosp Pharm 1992; 49: 137–9. 4. Fuhrman LC, Stroman RT. Stability of vancomycin in an extemporaneously compounded ophthalmic solution. Am J Health-Syst Pharm 1998; 55: 1386–8.

💊 Adverse Effects

The intravenous use of vancomycin may be associated with the so-called ‘red-neck’ or ‘red-man’ syndrome, characterised by erythema, flushing, or rash over the face and upper torso, and sometimes by hypotension and shock-like symptoms. The effect appears to be due in part to the release of histamine and is usually related to rapid infusion. Hypersensitivity reactions may occur in about 5% of patients and include rashes, fever, chills, and rarely, anaphylactoid reactions, exfoliative dermatitis, StevensJohnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, and vasculitis. Many reactions have become less frequent with the availability of more highly purified preparations. Reversible neutropenia, eosinophilia, and rarely thrombocytopenia and agranulocytosis have been reported; neutropenia is stated to be more common in patients who have received a total dose of 25 g or more. Nephrotoxicity, including rare cases of interstitial nephritis, may occur, particularly at high doses or in patients with predisposing factors, but has declined in frequency with greater awareness of the problem and appropriate monitoring of plasma concentrations and renal function. Ototoxicity is also associated with vancomycin, and is more likely in patients with high plasma concentrations, or with renal impairment or pre-existing hearing loss.. It may progress after drug withdrawal, and may be irreversible. Hearing loss may be preceded by tinnitus, which must be regarded as a sign to stop treatment. Vancomycin is irritant; intravenous use may be associated with thrombophlebitis, although this can be minimised by the slow infusion of dilute solutions, and by using different infusion sites. Extravasation may cause tissue necrosis. Because of its poor absorption, relatively few adverse effects have been reported after the oral use of vancomycin, although mild gastrointestinal disturbances have occurred.

Effects on the ears.

Reviews1,2 of ototoxicity associated with vancomycin therapy have indicated that the actual number of cases is quite small, and close examination suggests that in most cases where hearing loss occurred patients had also received an aminoglycoside. The degree, and the reversibility, of ototoxicity associated with vancomycin alone is uncertain.
1. Bailie GR, Neal D. Vancomycin ototoxicity and nephrotoxicity: a review. Med Toxicol 1988; 3: 376–86
2. Brummett RE, Fox KE. Vancomycin- and erythromycin-induced hearing loss in humans. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 1989; 33: 791–6.

Effects on the gast

rointestinal tract. A 25-year-old woman developed Clostridium difficile colitis after a course of vancomycin and metronidazole, both orally, for pelvic inflammatory disease.1 The condition resolved after treatment with vancomycin given alone.
1. Bingley PJ, Harding GM. Clostridium difficile colitis following treatment with metronidazole and vancomycin. Postgrad Med J 1987; 63: 993–4.

Effects on the heart.

A report1 of cardiac arrest associated with an inadvertent rapid intravenous dose of vancomycin 150 mg in a neonate.
1. Boussemart T, et al. Cardiac arrest associated with vancomycin in a neonate. Arch Dis Child 1995; 73: F123.

Effects on the kidneys.

In a study,1 nephrotoxicity was seen in 14 of 101 patients assigned to vancomycin 1 g before and after vascular surgery for infection prophylaxis compared with 2 of 99 assigned to saline placebo, suggesting that even short regimens of vancomycin can affect renal function. In another study involving 224 patients, nephrotoxicity was seen in 8 of 168 given vancomycin alone, 14 of 63 given vancomycin with an aminoglycoside, and 11 of 103 given an aminoglycoside without vancomycin.2 This latter study found that use with aminoglycosides, trough serum concentrations of vancomycin greater than 10 micrograms/mL, and prolonged vancomycin therapy (for more than 21 days) were associated with an increased risk of nephrotoxicity. In both studies nephrotoxicity was defined in terms of increased serum creatinine.
1. Gudmundsson GH, Jensen LJ. Vancomycin and nephrotoxicity. Lancet 1989; i: 625
2. Rybak MJ, et al. Nephrotoxicity of vancomycin, alone and with an aminoglycoside. J Antimicrob Chemother 1990; 25: 679–87.

Effects on the liver.

A 57-year-old man with multiple medical conditions developed raised liver enzyme values, on 5 different occasions, while being treated with oral vancomycin for episodes of Clostridium difficile-associated enterocolitis; liver enzymes returned to normal values each time the vancomycin was stopped.1
1. Cadle RM, et al. Vancomycin-induced elevation of liver enzyme levels. Ann Pharmacother 2006; 40: 1186–9.

Effects on the nervous system.

Reports of encephalopathy1(associated with high CSF concentrations after oral doses) and peripheral neuropathy2 associated with vancomycin.
1. Thompson CM, et al. Absorption of oral vancomycin—possible associated toxicity. Int J Pediatr Nephrol 1983; 4: 1–4
2. Leibowitz G, et al. Mononeuritis multiplex associated with prolonged vancomycin treatment. BMJ 1990; 300: 1344.

Effects on the skin.

Rashes, erythema, or pruritus are the most common skin reactions associated with vancomycin but there have also been reports of linear IgA dermatosis,1-4 Stevens-Johnson-like reaction,5 bullous eruption,6 local skin necrosis,7 and exfoliative dermatitis.6 In an analysis, risk factors for adverse cutaneous reactions were suggested to be age under 40 years and duration of therapy greater than 7 days.6
1. Piketty C, et al. Linear IgA dermatosis related to vancomycin. Br J Dermatol 1994; 130: 130–1
2. Nousari HC, et al. Vancomycin-associated linear IgA bullous dermatosis. Ann Intern Med 1998; 129: 507–8
3. Bernstein EF, Schuster M. Linear IgA bullous dermatosis associated with vancomycin. Ann Intern Med 1998; 129: 508–9
4. Danielsen AG, Thomsen K. Vancomycin-induced linear IgA bullous disease. Br J Dermatol 1999; 141: 756–7
5. Laurencin CT, et al. Stevens-Johnson-like reaction with vancomycin treatment. Ann Pharmacother 1992; 26: 1520–1
6. Korman TM, et al. Risk factors for adverse cutaneous reactions associated with intravenous vancomycin. J Antimicrob Chemother 1997; 39: 371–81
7. Hoelen DW, et al. Severe local vancomycin induced skin necrosis. Br J Clin Pharmacol 2007; 64: 553–4.

Red-man syndrome.

References1-3 to the ‘red-man syndrome’, and evidence that pretreatment with an antihistamine can provide significant protection against it.4,5 Similar reactions appear to be much less of a problem with teicoplanin and substitution of teicoplanin for vancomycin may be a viable alternative in patients at risk.2,3,6 Skin tests are reported7 to be of little value in predicting the severity of ‘red-man syndrome’.
1. Wallace MR, et al. Red man syndrome: incidence, etiology, and prophylaxis. J Infect Dis 1991; 164: 1180–5
2. Polk RE. Anaphylactoid reactions to glycopeptide antibiotics. J Antimicrob Chemother 1991; 27 (suppl B): 17–29
3. Rybak MJ, et al. Absence of "red man syndrome" in patients being treated with vancomycin or high-dose teicoplanin. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 1992; 36: 1204–7
4. Renz CL, et al. Oral antihistamines reduce the side effects from rapid vancomycin infusion. Anesth Analg 1998; 87: 681–5
5. Renz CL, et al. Antihistamine prophylaxis permits rapid vancomycin infusion. Crit Care Med 1999; 27: 1732–7
6. Smith SR. Vancomycin and histamine release. Lancet 1990; 335: 1341
7. Polk RE, et al. Vancomycin skin tests and prediction of "red man syndrome" in healthy volunteers. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 1993; 37: 2139–43.
AFTER ORAL ADMINISTRATION. Reports of rash1 and ‘red-man syndrome’2,3 after oral vancomycin.
1. McCullough JM, et al. Oral vancomycin-induced rash: case report and review of the literature. DICP Ann Pharmacother 1991; 25: 1326–8
2. Killian AD, et al. Red man syndrome after oral vancomycin. Ann Intern Med 1991; 115: 410–11
3. Bergeron L, Boucher FD. Possible red-man syndrome associated with systemic absorption of oral vancomycin in a child with normal renal function. Ann Pharmacother 1994; 28: 581–4.

💊 Precautions

Vancomycin should not be given to patients who have experienced a hypersensitivity reaction to it. It should not be given intramuscularly, and care should be taken when it is given intravenously to avoid extravasation, because of the risk of tissue necrosis. The adverse effects of infusion may be minimised by dilution of each 500 mg of vancomycin in at least 100 mL of fluid, and by infusion of doses over not less than 60 minutes. Because the risk of ototoxicity and nephrotoxicity is thought to be increased at high plasma concentrations it may be desirable to adjust dosage requirements according to plasma-vancomycin concentrations. It has been suggested that dosage should be adjusted to avoid peak plasma concentrations above 30 to 40 micrograms/mL and trough concentrations exceeding 10 micrograms/mL, although uncertainty about the optimum methods and sampling times for monitoring, as well as some uncertainty about the degree of risk, means that there is less general agreement than for the aminoglycosides. It is generally agreed, however, that vancomycin should be avoided in patients with a history of impaired hearing and that particular care is necessary in patients with renal impairment, in neonates (especially if premature), and in the elderly, all of whom may be at increased risk of toxicity. Renal function and blood counts should be monitored regularly in all patients, and monitoring of auditory function is advisable, especially in high-risk patients. Vancomycin should be stopped in patients who develop tinnitus. Since vancomycin is poorly absorbed, toxicity is much less of a problem after oral use than with the intravenous route, but care is required in patients with inflammatory gastrointestinal disorders, including antibioticassociated colitis, in whom absorption may be enhanced.

💊 Interactions

Other ototoxic or nephrotoxic drugs, such as aminoglycosides, polymyxins, cisplatin, and loop diuretics, markedly increase the risk of toxicity and should be given with vancomycin only with great caution. Some of the adverse effects of vancomycin may be enhanced by the use of general anaesthetics; it has been suggested that, where patients require both, vancomycin infusions should be completed before the induction of anaesthesia. Vancomycin may increase neuromuscular blockade produced by drugs such as suxamethonium or vecuronium.

💊 Antimicrobial Action

Vancomycin is a glycopeptide antibiotic with a primarily bactericidal action against a variety of Gram-positive bacteria. Mechanism of action. Vancomycin exerts its action by inhibiting the formation of the peptidoglycan polymers of the bacterial cell wall. Unlike penicillins, which act primarily to prevent the cross-linking of peptidoglycans which gives the cell wall its strength, vancomycin prevents the transfer and addition of the muramylpentapeptide building blocks that make up the peptidoglycan molecule itself. Vancomycin may also exert some effects by damaging the cytoplasmic membrane of the protoplast, and by inhibiting bacterial RNA synthesis. Spectrum of activity. Staphylococci, notably Staph. aureus and Staph. epidermidis (including meticillin-resistant strains), Streptococcus pneumoniae, Str. pyogenes, and some strains of Group B streptococci are reported to be susceptible to vancomycin. The viridans streptococci, and enterococci such as Enterococcus faecalis, are often ‘tolerant’, i.e. inhibition, but no bactericidal effect, can be achieved at usual plasma concentrations (but see Activity with other Antimicrobials and Resistance, below). Clostridium difficile is usually highly susceptible as are most other clostridia. Actinomyces spp., Bacillus anthracis, Corynebacterium spp., some lactobacilli, and Listeria are usually susceptible. Virtually all Gramnegative organisms, as well as mycobacteria and fungi, are intrinsically resistant. Activity with other antimicrobials. Vancomycin exhibits synergy with the aminoglycosides against enterococci; such combinations are usually bactericidal, even against vancomycin-tolerant strains. The synergistic effect is reported to be greater with gentamicin than with streptomycin. Combinations with an aminoglycoside are also reported to show synergy against Staph. aureus; however, variable results, including antimicrobial antagonism, or lack of synergy, have been reported against strains of Staph. aureus when vancomycin was combined with rifampicin. Synergy has been reported with the third-generation cephalosporins against Staph. aureus and enterococci. Resistance to vancomycin in normally susceptible organisms has until recently remained relatively uncommon, although high-level intrinsic resistance has been seen in some species of Lactobacillus, Leuconostoc, and Erysipelothrix. However, there are an increasing number of reports of high-level acquired resistance amongst enterococci, apparently plasmid-mediated and transferable to other Gram-positive organisms, notably Staph. aureus, which are causing considerable concern. Organisms exhibiting high-level vancomycin resistance demonstrate cross-resistance to teicoplanin. Low-level resistance has also been reported in enterococci, but these organisms remain sensitive to teicoplanin, and this form of resistance does not appear to be transferable. Low-level vancomycin resistance has also been seen rarely among some staphylococcal strains: in contrast to the enterococci, these are often cross-resistant to teicoplanin. The mechanism of acquired resistance is uncertain, although it appears to be associated with the development of novel cell-membrane proteins.
1. Murray BE. Vancomycin-resistant enterococci. Am J Med 1997; 102: 284–93
2. Tacconelli E, Cataldo MA. Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE): transmission and control. Int J Antimicrob Agents 2008; 31: 99–106
3. Hiramatsu K, et al. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus clinical strain with reduced vancomycin susceptibility. J Antimicrob Chemother 1997; 40: 135–6
4. Johnson AP. Intermediate vancomycin resistance in Staphylococcus aureus: a major threat or a minor inconvenience? J Antimicrob Chemother 1998; 42: 289–91
5. Ploy MC, et al. First clinical isolate of vancomycin-intermediate Staphylococcus aureus in a French hospital. Lancet 1998; 351: 1212
6. Smith TL, et al. Emergence of vancomycin resistance in Staphylococcus aureus. N Engl J Med 1999; 340: 493–501
7. Sieradzki K, et al. The development of vancomycin resistance in a patient with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection. N Engl J Med 1999; 340: 517–23
8. Hiramatsu K. Vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: a new model of antibiotic resistance. Lancet Infect Dis 2001; 1: 147–55
9. Chang S, et al. Infection with vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus containing the VanA resistance gene. N Engl J Med 2003; 348: 1342–7
10. Hospital Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC). Recommendations for preventing the spread of vancomycin resistance. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 1995; 16: 105–13
11. CDC. Investigation and control of vancomycin-intermediate and resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VISA/VRSA): a guide for health departments and infection control personnel (updated September 2006). Available at: dhqp/pdf/ar/visa_vrsa_guide.pdf (accessed 06/07/08)

💊 Pharmacokinetics

Vancomycin is only poorly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, although absorption may be somewhat greater when the gastrointestinal tract is inflamed. Infusion of a 1-g dose intravenously over 60 minutes has reportedly been associated with plasma concentrations of up to about 60 micrograms/mL immediately after completion of the infusion, and about 25 micrograms/mL 2 hours later, falling to under 10 micrograms/mL after 11 hours. However, there may be considerable interindividual variation in the pharmacokinetics of vancomycin: a range of half-lives between 3 and 13 hours has been reported, with an average of about 6 hours, in patients with normal renal function. Half-life may be prolonged in patients with renal impairment, to 7 days or more in anephric patients. About 55% is bound to plasma proteins, although large variations have been reported. Vancomycin diffuses into extracellular fluid, including pleural, pericardial, ascitic, and synovial fluid. Small amounts are found in bile. However, there is little diffusion into the CSF and even when the meninges are inflamed effective concentrations may not be achieved. Vancomycin crosses the peritoneal cavity; about 60% of an intraperitoneal dose is reported to be absorbed in 6 hours. It is reported to cross the placenta. It is also distributed into breast milk. Little or no metabolism of vancomycin is thought to take place. It is excreted unchanged by the kidneys, mostly by glomerular filtration. Some 80 to 90% of the dose is excreted in urine within 24 hours. There appears to be a small amount of non-renal clearance, although the mechanism for this has not been determined. The pharmacokinetics of vancomycin may be altered by conditions which affect renal clearance: clearance of vancomycin has been reported to be enhanced in burn patients, whereas in those with renal impairment, or reduced renal function (such as neonates or the elderly), clearance is reduced and plasma-concentrations and half-lives increased. Dosage adjustment is often necessary in patients with reduced or impaired renal function; ideally, this should be based on plasma-concentration monitoring. Although clearance is also altered in hepatic impairment, it has been suggested that dosage adjustment is not necessary in the absence of other factors. Plasma concentrations of vancomycin are reported to be little affected by conventional haemodialysis, although the use of high-flux membranes may significantly reduce vancomycin concentrations. Peritoneal dialysis, although it may decrease concentrations, is also thought not to do so by significant amounts, but haemoperfusion or haemofiltration effectively removes vancomycin from the blood.

💊 Uses and Administration

Vancomycin is a glycopeptide antibiotic that is used in the treatment of serious staphylococcal or other Grampositive infections when other drugs such as the penicillins cannot be used because of resistance or patient intolerance. It is used particularly in the treatment of meticillin-resistant staphylococcal infections, in conditions such as brain abscess, staphylococcal meningitis, peritonitis associated with continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis, and septicaemia. It is used alone, or with another drug such as an aminoglycoside, in the treatment and prophylaxis of endocarditis, for the prophylaxis of surgical infection, and in intensive care and the management of immunocompromised patients. It may be used as part of a multi-drug regimen for the treatment of inhalation and gastrointestinal anthrax. For details of all these infections and their treatment, see under Choice of Antibacterial. It is also used (by mouth) in the treatment of antibiotic-associated colitis. Vancomycin may be used with other antibacterials to extend the spectrum of efficacy or increase effectiveness, notably with gentamicin or other aminoglycosides, or with rifampicin (but see Antimicrobial Action, above). Administration and dosage. Vancomycin is given as the hydrochloride but doses are expressed in terms of the base. 1.03 g of vancomycin hydrochloride is equivalent to about 1 g of vancomycin. It is given intravenously, preferably by intermittent infusion, although continuous infusion has been used. For intermittent infusion, a concentrated solution containing the equivalent of 500 mg of vancomycin in 10 mL of water is prepared and then added to glucose 5% or sodium chloride 0.9% to produce a diluted solution containing not more than 5 mg/mL; this diluted solution is then infused over at least 60 minutes for a 500-mg dose or 100 minutes for a 1-g dose. Final concentrations of up to 10 mg/mL may be used for patients requiring fluid restriction, although there is an increased risk of adverse events. For continuous intravenous infusion when intermittent infusion is not feasible, the equivalent of 1 to 2 g is added to a sufficiently large volume of glucose or sodium chloride to permit the daily dose to be given over a period of 24 hours. The usual adult dose is the equivalent of 500 mg of vancomycin every 6 hours or 1 g every 12 hours. Response is generally seen within 48 to 72 hours in sensitive infections. In patients with staphylococcal endocarditis, treatment for at least 3 weeks has been recommended. For the prophylaxis of endocarditis in high-risk patients undergoing dental or other procedures who are unable to receive penicillin, vancomycin may be given before the procedure in a single dose of 1 g by intravenous infusion over at least 100 minutes followed by intravenous gentamicin. Doses in infants and children. UK licensed product information states that children and infants over 1 month of age may be given 10 mg/kg every 6 hours. Neonates and infants up to 1 month old may be given an initial dose of 15 mg/kg; this is followed by 10 mg/kg every 12 hours in the first week of life or by 10 mg/kg every 8 hours in those aged 1 week to 1 month. The BNFC recommends the following doses:
neonates less than 29 weeks postmenstrual age, 15 mg/kg every 24 hours;
29 to 35 weeks postmenstrual age, 15 mg/kg every 12 hours
over 35 weeks postmenstrual age, 15 mg/kg every 8 hours
infants and children 1 month of age and over, 15 mg/kg every 8 hours (to a maximum daily dose of 2g)
Dose adjustment and monitoring. It has been recommended that dosage should be adjusted if necessary according to plasma-vancomycin concentrations, and this is particularly important where factors such as age or renal impairment (see also below) may predispose to toxicity, or where there is a risk of subtherapeutic concentrations. There has been some dispute about the relationship between plasma concentrations and toxicity, and this, complicated by differences in the sampling time after the end of infusion and by differences in the regimens and assay method used, has meant that suggested peak and trough concentrations have varied considerably. However, in order to avoid toxic concentrations immediately after the end of infusion the consensus appears to be that concentrations of not more than 30 to 40 micrograms/mL should be aimed for 1 to 2 hours after completion of infusion. It is usually recommended that trough concentrations (measured just before the next dose) should be below 10 micrograms/mL. The BNF suggests a trough concentration of 10 to 15 micrograms/mL, or 15 to 20 micrograms/mL to treat less sensitive strains of meticillin-resistant Staph. aureus. Other routes. Vancomycin hydrochloride is given by mouth in the treatment of staphylococcal enterocolitis and antibiotic-associated colitis, including pseudomembranous colitis associated with the overgrowth of Clostridium difficile. It is given in a dose of 0.5 to 2 g daily in 3 or 4 divided doses for 7 to 10 days; the lowest dose of 500 mg daily is often considered adequate. A suggested dose for children in licensed product information is 40 mg/kg daily in 3 or 4 divided doses; the BNFC suggests a dose of 5 mg/kg 4 times daily for infants and children from 1 month of age up to 5 years of age, 62.5 mg 4 times daily for children aged 5 to 12 years, and 125 mg 4 times daily for children over 12 years of age. In meningitis or other CNS infections, vancomycin has sometimes been given by the intrathecal or intraventricular route in order to ensure adequate CSF concen trations of antibiotic. Vancomycin has also been applied topically to the eye or given by subconjunctival or intravitreal injection; it has also been given by inhalation.
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2. Stevens DL. The role of vancomycin in the treatment paradigm. Clin Infect Dis 2006; 42 (suppl 1): S51–S57
3. Deresinski S. Vancomycin: does it still have a role as an antistaphylococcal agent? Expert Rev Anti Infect Ther 2007; 5: 393–401
4. Cunha BA. Vancomycin revisited: a reappraisal of clinical use. Crit Care Clin 2008; 24: 393–420
5. Levine DP. Vancomycin: understanding its past and preserving its future. South Med J 2008; 101: 284–91.

Administration in renal impairment.

Various methods, including predictive nomograms based on creatinine clearance and pharmacokinetic methods such as those using Bayesian statistics, have been suggested for calculating vancomycin dosage requirements in patients with reduced renal function. One suggested approach has been a loading dose of 15 mg/kg followed by a daily dose in mg equivalent to about 15 times the glomerular filtration rate in mL/minute; or in anuric patients a dose of 1 g every 7 to 10 days. However, individualised dosage based on plasma concentrations is generally to be preferred.

💊 Preparations

BP 2008: Vancomycin Intravenous Infusion; USP 31: Sterile Vancomycin Hydrochloride; Vancomycin Hydrochloride Capsules; Vancomycin Hydrochloride for Injection; Vancomycin Hydrochloride for Oral Solution; Vancomycin Injection.

Proprietary Preparations

Arg.: Fabomicina; Icoplax; Rivervan; Vancocin†; Vancomax†; Vancotenk; Varedet; Austral.: Vancocin; Belg.: Vamysin; Vancocin; Braz.: Biovancomin†; Vanclomin; Vancoabbott; Vancocid†; Vancocina; Vanconorth†; Vancoplus†; Vancoson; Vancotrat; Canad.: Vancocin; Chile: Kovan; Vancocina†; Cz.: Edicin; Vancocin; Vancoled†; Denm.: Vancocin†; Fin.: Orivan†; Vancocin†; Fr.: Vancocine†; Ger.: Vanco; Vanco-saar; Gr.: Vamistol†; Voncon; Vondem; Voxin†; Hong Kong: Lyphocin; Vancocin; Hung.: Edicin†; Vancocin; India: Vancocin; Vancogram; Vanlid; Indon.: Vancep; Irl.: Vancocin; Israel: Vanco-Teva; Vancocin†; Vancoled†; Ital.: Copovan; Farmaciclin; Levovanox; Maxivanil; Vanco; Vancocina; Vancotex; Zengac; Malaysia: Vancocin†; Vancotex; Mex.: Estavam; Ifavac; Vanaurus; Vancam†; Vancocin; Vancox; Neth.: Vancocin; Norw.: Vancocin†; NZ: Vancocin†; Philipp.: Vancocin; Pol.: Edicin; Vancocin; Port.: Glipep; Vancocina†; Rus.: Edicin (Эдицин); Vancocin (Ванкоцин); S.Afr.: Vancocin; Spain: Diatracin†; Swed.: Vancocin; Vancoscand†; Switz.: Vancocin; Thai.: Edicin; Vancocin†; Vancogen; Turk.: Vancorin; UAE: Vancolon; UK: Vancocin; USA: Lyphocin; Vancocin; Vancoled; Venez.: Vagran; Vancobehr†.
Published May 08, 2019.