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What Is Clindamycin

what is clindamycin

Instructions

You should carefully follow all instructions on the label. The duration and amount of medicine consumed should be as prescribed by the doctor. It can be taken with food or after food. An adequate amount of water should be consumed to minimize the irritation caused in the stomach.

Dosage

Missed Dose

The missed dose can be taken as soon as you remember. However, the missed dose should be skipped if it is almost time for your next dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.

How it works

Clindamycin belongs to a class of drugs called antibiotics. A class of drugs is a group of medications that work in a similar way. These drugs are often used to treat similar conditions.

Clindamycin works by stopping bacteria from multiplying. This drug should only be used to treat bacterial infections. It shouldn't be used for viruses, such as the common cold.

Clindamycin Side Effects

Common Side Effects of Clindamycin

Tell your doctor or seek immediate medical help if any of the following common side effects of clindamycin do not go away or become severe:

  • Mild rash or itching
  • Stomach pain, nausea

 Precautions

Before taking clindamycin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to lincomycin; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: liver disease, kidney disease, stomach/intestinal diseases (e.g., colitis, Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea), allergic conditions (e.g., asthma, hay fever, eczema).

Clindamycin may cause live bacterial vaccines (such as typhoid vaccine) to not work as well. Do not have any immunizations/vaccinations while using this medication unless your doctor tells you to.

warnings

Skin reactions - Clindamycin is known to cause few severe skin reactions like toxic epidermal necrolysis, drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS), and Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS), some with fatal outcome. Discontinue the medicine if these symptoms appear.

Gasping syndrome - Use of Clindamycin injection containing benzyl alcohol may cause the gasping syndrome in the newborns.

Impaired liver function - Use with caution in the patients with the moderate to severe liver injury. Dosing frequency should be modified based on the severity of the liver injury. Frequent monitoring of liver function tests is necessary.

Impaired kidney function - Use with caution in the patients with the moderate to severe liver injury. Dosing frequency should be modified based on the severity of the kidney injury. Frequent monitoring of kidney function tests is necessary.

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