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What is vancomycin?

Vancomycin is a prescription antibiotic used to treat serious bacterial infections. Colitis, which occurs when the large intestine becomes inflamed, and certain types of severe diarrhea are treated using vancomycin. Infections that are not caused by bacteria, such as colds, flu or viral infections, cannot be treated with vancomycin. It is available as a capsule or as an injection. The injection is available as a generic drug; the oral capsule is available under the brand name Vanocin.

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