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What should I know about vancomycin before taking it?

Although vancomycin may be used to treat colitis, if you have ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, or inflammatory bowel disease vancomycin may not be right for you. Tell your doctor if you have any of these diseases or if you have kidney disease or a problem hearing. Vancomycin can cause hearing problems, which may be permanent. Other antibiotics, particularly amikacin, gentamicin, kanamycin, neomycin, streptomycin and tobramycin, can interact with vancomycin, as can other medications. Before starting vancomycin, tell your doctor about all of the prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements that you are taking.

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