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    Generic for Vancocin HCl
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    Generic for Vancocin HCl
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Do you need a prescription for vancomycin?

Yes, vancomycin is only available with a valid physician Rx.

How much is vancomycin without Insurance in the US?

Our website gives two competitive savings options to US customers who wish to purchase vancomycin, as either a brand or generic, if available. The first is access to medications through our mail-order online pharmacy. The second is by using the Now Patient Rx Advantage Card, which can be used in over 65,000 pharmacies nationwide, across America. If you are insured, then in most cases, the cash price will be significantly cheaper than the copay.

What will my out-of-pocket cost be for vancomycin in the US?

There are no out-of-pocket (OOP) costs because we are currently only offering a cash-based option to purchase medications.

Is Now Patient a vancomycin savings card?

Yes. Save up to 90% on your vancomycin with the FREE Now Patient Rx Advantage card*.
*Based on the difference between the U&C submitted by the pharmacy and the price the patients pay.

Can you handle Rx transfers for home delivery in the US?

Yes. If you use the mail-order online pharmacy option, then we can handle requests by you to have your prescription transferred to our pharmacy for home delivery. We can even help you manage your refills by giving you timely reminders, so you do not run out of your medication.

Is Now Patient a vancomycin coupon provider in the US?

No. Now Patient does not provide vancomycin coupons or FREE vancomycin samples.

Do you accept commercial, Medicare or Medicaid coverage for vancomycin in the US?

No. Currently, we only offer cash-based options for purchase, therefore we do not require your insurance benefit details. In the future, our plan is to be able to handle commercial insurance, Medicare and Medicaid including cases where you have multiple health plans that provide benefit coverage (e.g. Medicaid and Commercial). We also anticipate being able to handle more complex scenarios such as using primary insurance combined with a manufacturer copay assistance program.

Does Now Patient work with Medicare?

Our cash-based prices for medications are typically cheaper than Medicare copays. We do not bill Medicare Part D (standalone drug coverage) or Medicare Advantage (combined health and drug coverage). When you purchase your medication from Now Patient, you will be doing so out of your pocket. The spend will not count towards your plan deductibles or gaps.

Does Now Patient work with Commercial Insurance?

Our cash-based prices for medications are typically cheaper than commercial plan copays. We do not bill your commercial plan. When you purchase your medication from Now Patient, you will be doing so out of your pocket. The spend will not count towards your plan deductibles or gaps.

What should you do if you use too much vancomycin?


Call your doctor right away or seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms do not improve or they become worse after using vancomycin. You can also call 800-222-1222 to reach the American Association of Poison Control Centers or use its online resource if you think you’ve used too much vancomycin. But if you have severe symptoms, call 911 (or your local emergency number) immediately or go to the nearest emergency room.


If you think it is an emergency, call 999 or find your nearest A&E
If you need help now, but it’s not an emergency go to 111.nhs.uk or call 111. Alternatively you can speak to one of our pharmacists or use the Now Patient app to make an appointment with your GP.

What should I do if I miss my dose?

There are occasions when people forget to take their medication at correct prescribed times. This may not only have an effect on potentially making the medication less effective but it may also inadvertently lead to taking doses too close together, thereby increasing the risks of side effects.

Click here to find out what to do if you forgot to take your medication

What is generic vancomycin?

Generic vancomycin refers to the non-brand-name version of the medication. It contains the same active ingredient as the brand-name drug but is typically less expensive.

FDA approval of vancomycin

Vancomycin is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of serious bacterial infections caused by susceptible strains of bacteria, by either intravenous vancomycin injection or oral administration of vancomycin.

Active ingredient of vancomycin

The active ingredient of vancomycin is vancomycin hydrochloride.

US brand name of vancomycin and manufacturer

Vancomycin is available in the US under various brand names, including Vancocin and Vancocin HCl. It is manufactured by various pharmaceutical companies.

UK brand name of vancomycin and manufacturer

In the UK, vancomycin is available under various brand names, including Vancocin and vancomycin. The manufacturer may vary depending on the brand name.

Prescription requirement for vancomycin

A prescription (Rx) is required for vancomycin in both the US and the UK.

Availability of vancomycin in the UK with NHS prescription

Vancomycin is available in the UK with an NHS prescription.

Conditions treated by vancomycin

Vancomycin is an antimicrobial agent primarily used in adult and pediatric patients for the treatment of septicemia, infective endocarditis, skin and skin structure infections, lower respiratory tract infections, and meningitis caused by susceptible strains of bacteria, including streptococci, enterococci, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other gram-positive bacteria. Vancomycin is also used for the treatment of infections of the intestines caused by Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea (C. difficile) and for enterocolitis.

How does vancomycin work?

Vancomycin is a tricyclic glycopeptide antibiotic, that works by inhibiting the growth and replication of bacteria. It does so by interfering with the synthesis of the bacterial cell wall, leading to the disruption of the bacterial cell structure and ultimately killing the bacteria.

Forms of vancomycin available

Vancomycin is available in various forms, including oral capsules, oral solution, and injectable formulations.

Dosage of vancomycin

The dose of vancomycin may vary depending on the specific infection being treated, the severity of the infection, and the individual’s response to the medication. It is important to follow the recommended dosage instructions provided by the healthcare provider.

Directions for vancomycin use

Vancomycin should be taken exactly as directed by the healthcare provider. The medication may be administered as oral vancomycin or intravenously, depending on the formulation. It is important to take vancomycin consistently and continue the prescribed treatment course.

Warnings and precautions for vancomycin

  • Vancomycin may cause serious side effects, including renal impairment and allergic reactions. Close monitoring of kidney function is necessary during treatment
  • It may interact with certain medications, including other nephrotoxic drugs and ototoxic drugs. Inform the healthcare provider about all medications being taken
  • Vancomycin toxicity with IV use is more likely with elderly patients
  • Rapid intravenous infusion of vancomycin may cause an infusion-related reaction called Redman syndrome

Use of vancomycin during pregnancy

The use of vancomycin during pregnancy should be carefully considered, and the potential risks and benefits should be discussed with a healthcare provider.

Use of vancomycin while breastfeeding

Vancomycin may pass into breast milk, but the amount is usually low. It is recommended to consult a healthcare provider before using vancomycin while breastfeeding.

Possible side effects of vancomycin

Common side effects of vancomycin may include gastrointestinal adverse effects, such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, rash, hearing loss, local phlebitis, skin rash, eosinophilia, reversible neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, hypotension, and hypersensitivity reactions. Serious adverse events are possible, and prompt medical attention should be sought for any concerning symptoms.

Interactions with other drugs

Vancomycin may interact with other medications, including other nephrotoxic agents such as aminoglycosides, and amphotericin products. It is important to inform your healthcare provider about all the prescription drugs, over the counter nonprescription medications, salt substitutes, herbal products, supplements, and vitamins you are taking to avoid potential adverse effects and drug interactions.

Similar drugs to vancomycin

Other antibiotics used for the treatment of bacterial infections include teicoplanin, penicillins, cephalosporins, and fluoroquinolones.


Stefano Mirabello Medical Reviewer
Pharmacist / B.Pharm
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