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Clindamycin (Systemic)

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Uses
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Cleocin HCl®;Cleocin Pediatric®;Cleocin Phosphate®
    • Brand Names: Canada: Alti-Clindamycin;Apo-Clindamycin®;Clindamycin Injection, USP;Clindamycine;Gen-Clindamycin;Mylan-Clindamycin;Novo-Clindamycin;NV-Clindamycin;PMS-Clindamycin;ratio-Clindamycin;Riva-Clindamycin;Teva-Clindamycin
    • Pharmacologic Category: Antibiotic, Lincosamide

    Uses
    • It is used to stop or treat bacterial infections.
    • Clindamycin works to harm the bacteria and fight the infection.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
    • Use as you have been told, even if you are feeling better.
    • Oral:
    • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
    • Take with a full glass of water.
    • Do not lie down for at least 30 minutes after taking this drug. This stops irritation to the swallowing tube (esophagus).
    • Shot:
    • It is given as a shot into a muscle or vein.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect tablets from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.
    • Follow how to store the shot closely. Talk with the doctor.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • This drug may cause very loose stools. Talk with the doctor.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to clindamycin or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have any of these health problems: Liver disease or very loose stools called pseudomembranous colitis.

    Precautions

    • If you are allergic to tartrazine, talk with your doctor. Some products have tartrazine.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist often.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Condoms or diaphragms may not work to stop pregnancy. Use some other kind of birth control while taking this drug and for 72 hours after care ends.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Belly pain.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Loose stools. Yogurt or probiotics may help. You may get these products at health food stores or in some pharmacies.
    • For women, vaginal yeast infection. Report itching or discharge.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Very loose stools, even after drug is stopped.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.