Which medications in the drug class Glycopeptides are used in the treatment of Bacterial Pneumonia?

Updated: Sep 30, 2020
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Vancomycin (Vancocin)

Vancomycin is classified as a glycopeptide agent that has excellent gram-positive coverage, including methicillin-resistant S aureus (MRSA). To avoid toxicity, current recommendations indicate to assay vancomycin trough levels after the third dose drawn 0.5 hour before the next dosing. Use CrCl to adjust the dose in patients diagnosed with renal impairment.

Telavancin (Vibativ)

Telavancin is a lipoglycopeptide antibacterial that is a synthetic derivative of vancomycin. It is indicated for treatment of adults with hospital-acquired and ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia (HABP/VABP), caused by susceptible isolates of Staphylococcus aureus, including methicillin-susceptible and resistant isolates. This agent is reserved for use when alternative treatments are not suitable.

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