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What Is Clindamycin Used For

what is clindamycin used for


Clindamycin is a bacteriostatic antibiotic which is used to treat a variety of infections caused by the bacteria in the lungs, skin, and blood. It is used with caution in the patients with gastrointestinal disease due to the risk of diarrhea. Do not use this medicine in the patients with known allergy to lincosamides.


Clindamycin is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. It is an antibiotic that works by stopping the growth of bacteria.

This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for virus infections (such as common cold, flu). Using any antibiotic when it is not needed can cause it to not work for future infections.

How to use Clindamycin Hcl

Take this medication by mouth with or without food, usually 4 times a day (every 6 hours), or as directed by your doctor. Take it with a full glass of water (8 ounces or 240 milliliters) unless your doctor directs you otherwise. Do not lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking this medication.

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. In children, the dose is also based on weight.

For the best effect, take this antibiotic at evenly spaced times. To help you remember, take this medication at the same time(s) every day.


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.


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


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.


Clostridium difficile-associated Diarrhea - Antibiotic therapy may cause an imbalance in the normal microbial flora in the large intestine which promotes the growth of a bacteria called Clostridium difficile. This may result in severe diarrhea. Report any such incidence to the doctor immediately and discontinue therapy under your doctor's supervision.

Drug-resistance - Usage of {Clindamycin}} without sufficient proof or suspicion of a bacterial infection should be avoided. Irrational dosing might fail in providing the benefits and even cause toxicity. It may also increase the risk of development of bacteria that is drug resistant.

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.

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