Parenteral Manual


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Alternate Name(s): 
Antibiotic, miscellaneous
Original Date: 
September 2016
Revised Date: 
July 2020
  • Treatment of susceptible strains of gram positive organisms - generally restricted to treatment of severe infections where there is vancomycin resistance or intolerance, including endocarditis, methicillin-resistant Staph. aureus (MRSA) bacteremia, osteomyelitis or septic arthritis
  • Not indicated for the treatment of pneumonia.
Reconstitution and Stability: 
  • Available as 500 mg lyophilized powder per vial.
  • Reconstitute with 10 mL sterile water for injection to make a 50 mg/mL solution.  Rotate or swirl the vial for a few minutes to dissolve the contents. 
  • Reconstituted vial stable for 6 hours.
  • Stable in a minibag for up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.

- Solutions compatible:  0.9% NaCl

- Y-site compatility:  (if mixed with 0.9% NaCl) -  aztreonam, ceftazidime, ceftriaxone, dopamine, fluconazole, gentamicin, heparin, levofloxacin, lidocaine.

- Incompatible:  dextrose solutions


(For approved routes of administration by nursing personnel, refer to Policy for the Administration of Intravenous Medications.)

IV Direct



IV Intermittent Infusion


Doses < 250 mg: Dilute to 5 mg/mL of 0.9%NaCl

Doses > 250 mg: Further dilute in 50 mL 0.9%NaCl
Infusion time:  60 minutes

IV Continuous Infusion NO



(For neonatal dosages, refer to Neonatal IV Drug Manual.)


Bacteremia due to susceptible S aureus or vancomycin resistant gram positive infections:

  • Age 1 - 6 years: 12 mg/kg/dose q 24 hours
  • Age 7 - 11 years: 9 mg/kg/dose q 24 hours
  • Age 12 - 17 years: 7 mg/kg/dose q24 hours


Complicated skin and skin structure infections:

  • Age 1 - < 2 years: 10 mg/kg/dose q 24 hours
  • Age 2 - 6 years: 9 mg/kg/dose q 24 hours
  • Age 7 - 11 years: 7 mg/kg/dose q 24 hours
  • Age 12 - 17 years: 5 mg/kg/dose q 24 hours



  • 4 - 10 mg/kg/dose Q24H
Potential hazards of parenteral administration: 
  • Immediate (within 1-2 days of receiving drug):
    - Hypersensitivity or anaphylaxis; nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Prompt (within 1-3 weeks):
    - Myopathy, increase creatine phosphokinase (CPK), rhabdomyolysis (increased risk with renal dysfunction); peripheral neuropathy; C. difficile associated diarrhea, eosinophilic pneumonia, anemia
  • Infectious diseases service consult required prior to use
  • Monitor CPK at baseline and once weekly while on therapy.
  • May cause false prolongation of PT & false increase in INR due to potential reaction with some of the reagents. Draw PT or INR just prior to next dose of DAPTOmycin to try to minimize effect.
  • Do not use for pneumonia as daptomycin is inactivated by pulmonary surfactants
  • Cubicin Product Monograph, accessed October 2019
  • Lexi-comp online – accessed March 2018

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