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What you should know about Vancocin Matrigel 250mg Hard Capsules (Vancomycin Hydrochloride)

Please read this leaflet carefully before you start to take your medicine. It does not contain all the information about your medicine that you may need to know. So if you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. This leaflet only applies to Vancocin Matrigel 250mg Hard Capsules.

-----What is in your medicine?-----

Your medicine is called Vancocin Matrigel 250mg Hard Capsules. Its active ingredient is vancomycin hydrochloride. The hard capsules are dark blue and lavender.

Each dark blue and lavender hard capsule, marked 3126, contains 250 milligrams (mg) of vancomycin as hydrochloride. They also contain the inactive ingredient Macrogol 6000. The capsule shells are made from gelatin and are coloured with indigo carmine (E132), red iron oxide (E172), black iron oxide (E172) and titanium dioxide (E171). The printing ink contains shellac, red iron oxide, soya lecithin and dimeticone. They come in blister packs of 20 and 28 hard capsules.

Vancocin is an antibiotic. Antibiotics help your body fight infections. Vancocin Capsules work by destroying certain bacteria that cause infection.

Vancocin Matrigel Capsules are made by Eli Lilly and Company Ltd, Kingsclere Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK. The marketing authorisation holder is Flynn Pharma Limited, Alton House, 4 Herbert Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.

-----Why Vancocin Matrigel 250mg Hard Capsules?-----

Vancocin Matrigel 250mg Hard Capsules treat certain bacterial infections of the bowel.

-----Before you take your medicine-----

Make sure it is safe for you to take Vancocin Matrigel 250mg Hard Capsules.

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, or you are not sure, tell your doctor or pharmacist.

•    Have you ever had an allergic reaction such as a rash, itching, swelling or breathing difficulties, after taking this medicine or other antibiotics?

•    Are you pregnant, or could you be, or are you breast-feeding?

•    Have you ever had kidney trouble?

•    Are you hard of hearing?

•    Are you taking any other medicines?

Please read the back of the leaflet

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What should you know about Vancocin Matrigel 250mg Hard Capsules - continued

-----Taking your medicine-----

•    Follow your doctor’s instructions. Check the label to see how any capsules to take and how often to take them.

Usual doses

>    Adults: One 250 mg capsule 4 times a day for 7 to 10 days.

>    Children: This depends on the weight of the child. The daily dose will usually be

40 milligrams for every kilogram of the child’s bodyweight, taken in 3 or 4 doses for 7 to 10 days.

You should not take more than 2 grams per day. If you are not sure how many capsules to take, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

•    Swallow the capsules with some water.

•    If you forget to take your capsules on time, take one as soon as you remember. If you have missed several doses, tell your doctor.

•    Do not take more capsules than your doctor tells you to. If you ever take too many, go to the nearest hospital casualty department or tell your doctor straight away.

•    You must take all the capsules prescribed for you, unless your doctor tells you to stop.

Do not stop taking them when you feel better because you may get worse again.

-----While taking your medicine-----

This medicine, like most others, may have some side effects. These include feeling dizzy or sick, chills and occasionally bruising, flushed skin, pain or muscle spasm. Tell your doctor if they are troublesome.

If you develop the following side effects, tell your doctor straight away:

•    ringing in your ears or hearing difficulty;

•    a rash;

•    difficulty breathing.

If you have any other side effects, tell your doctor. He or she has more information about Vancocin Capsules and will tell you what to do.

-----How to store your medicine-----

•    Do not take the capsules after the ‘Use before’ date on the carton and blister.

•    Do not store your capsules above 25 °C. Store your capsules in the original package in order to protect from moisture. Put them in a safe place where children cannot see or reach them.

•    If your doctor tells you to stop taking the capsules, take them back to the pharmacist.

REMEMBER: This medicine is for you. Only a doctor can prescribe it for you. Never give it to anyone else. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.

Date this leaflet was written: 2006 ©Flynn Pharma Limited, 2006