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What should I know about vancomycin hydrochloride before taking it?

Vancomycin hydrochloride should be used only for bacterial infections; it is not effective against viral or fungal infections. If you take it, you will need to have your hearing tested periodically, as vancomycin hydrochloride can cause temporary or permanent hearing loss. The following drugs may interact with vancomycin hydrochloride: amikacin, gentamicin, kanamycin, neomycin, netilmicin, streptomycin, and tobramycin, so make sure to tell your doctor about any prescription or over-the-counter medications you are taking. People with kidney disease may need a special dosage of vancomycin hydrochloride. It is unclear whether vancomycin hydrochloride adversely affects developing fetuses or nursing infants.

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