Review: could Vancomycin Hydrochloride cause Hypokalemia?


Hypokalemia is found among people who take Vancomycin Hydrochloride, especially for people who are male, 60+ old , have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Ambisome, and have Febrile neutropenia . We study 2,514 people who have side effects while taking Vancomycin hydrochloride from FDA and social media. Among them, 62 have Hypokalemia. Find out below who they are, when they have Hypokalemia and more.

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Vancomycin Hydrochloride

Vancomycin hydrochloride has active ingredients of vancomycin hydrochloride. It is often used in staphylococcal infection. (latest outcomes from Vancomycin hydrochloride 2,609 users)


Hypokalemia (low potassium) has been reported by people with breathing difficulty, erythema multiforme, hypotension, pancytopenia, diarrhea (latest reports from 27,118 Hypokalemia patients).

On Aug, 26, 2016

2,514 people reported to have side effects when taking Vancomycin Hydrochloride.
Among them, 62 people (2.47%) have Hypokalemia

Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Vancomycin hydrochloride cause Hypokalemia?

Time on Vancomycin Hydrochloride when people have Hypokalemia *:

  • < 1 month: 96.43 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 3.57 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 0.0 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 0.0 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 0.0 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 0.0 %
  • 10+ years: 0.0 %

Gender of people who have Hypokalemia when taking Vancomycin Hydrochloride *:

  • female: 38.71 %
  • male: 61.29 %

Age of people who have Hypokalemia when taking Vancomycin Hydrochloride *:

  • 0-1: 1.82 %
  • 2-9: 5.45 %
  • 10-19: 14.55 %
  • 20-29: 10.91 %
  • 30-39: 0.0 %
  • 40-49: 5.45 %
  • 50-59: 20.0 %
  • 60+: 41.82 %

Severity if Hypokalemia when taking Vancomycin Hydrochloride **:

  • least: 0.0 %
  • moderate: 100 %
  • severe: 0.0 %
  • most severe: 0.0 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Febrile Neutropenia (13 people)
  • Fungal Infection (12 people)
  • Prophylaxis (11 people)
  • Staphylococcal Infection (8 people)
  • Diarrhoea (8 people)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Ambisome (29 people)
  • Itraconazole (17 people)
  • Vfend (14 people)
  • Platelets (14 people)
  • Lasix (13 people)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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