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Overview

Clindamycin

Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required

Clindamycin is an antibiotic used to treat a numerous bacterial infections like pneumonia, strep throat, pelvic inflammatory disease, middle ear infections, bone or join infections, endocarditis among others. It is administered orally, or intravenously or as foam, gel, lotion or cream applied to the skin.

Clindamycin belongs to a lincosamide class of antibiotics and works by blocking bacteria from synthesising protein. This drug should be used to treat bacterial infections only and not against viruses, such as for common cold or flu.

Common side effects of Clindamycin include diarrhoea, jaundice, nausea, rashes on skin, urinating less than usual or not at all, pain at the site of injection, fever, body aches, unusual bleeding or easy bruising. If the side effects are more severe or persistent it is advisable to consult a doctor and discontinue the medication.

It is advised to avoid taking Clindamycin if –

Clindamycin may interact with other drugs, herbs and vitamins and alter the way the medicine works. Ensure that your doctor is aware about all your other medications before prescribing you with a dose of Clindamycin. Clindamycin is generally safe during pregnancy, but consult a doctor before taking it.

Clindamycin dosage recommended for adults for serious infections is usually 150-300 mg every 6 hours and for even severe infections is 300-450 mg every 6 hours. Not completing the dose as per prescription may have adverse affects and is therefore not advisable.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Internal Medicine Specialist before using this medicine.

Lower Respiratory Tract Infection
Clindamycin is used in the treatment of lower respiratory tract infection like bronchitis, pneumonia caused by Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pneumoniae.
Skin and Structure Infection
Clindamycin is used to treat skin and structure infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes.
Intraabdominal Infection
Clindamycin is used in the treatment of intra-abdominal infections caused by Helicobacter pylori, Staphylococci and Streptococci.
Gynecological infections
Clindamycin is used in the treatment of gynecological infections like vulvitis, vaginitis caused by Streptococcus, Gardnerella, and Staphylococcus.
Bone and Joint infections
Clindamycin is used in the treatment of bone and joint infections like Osteomyelitis caused by Staphylococci and Streptococci species.
Avoid if you have a known allergy to Clindamycin or any other lincosamide.
In addition to its intended effect, Clindamycin may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.
Scaly skin Major Rare
Black or tarry stools Major Rare
Blurred vision Major Rare
Chest pain Major Rare
Diarrhea Major Rare
Dizziness Major Rare
Fast heartbeat Major Rare
Muscle or joint pain Major Rare
Irritated eyes Major Rare
Increased thirst Major Rare
How long is the duration of effect?
The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 6 to 4 hours.
What is the onset of action?
The peak effect of this medicine can be observed in 60 minutes after an oral dose and 1 to 3 hours after an intramuscular dose.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?
This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women.
Is it habit forming?
No habit forming tendencies were reported.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?
This medicine is not recommended in breastfeeding women.
Missed Dose instructions
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 instructions
Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
India
United States
Japan
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Clindamycin as ingredient
Ajanta Pharma Ltd
Curador Healthcare Pvt Ltd
Mankind Pharmaceuticals Ltd
La Med India
West Coast Pharma Works
Gland Pharma Limited
Alkem Laboratories Ltd
Menarini India
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Bennet Pharmaceuticals Limited
Stedman Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Leeford Healthcare
Staunch Pharmaceuticals
Systopic Laboratories Pvt Ltd
Macleods Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Aristo Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Zydus Cadila
Mankind Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Adcock Ingram Healthcare Pvt Ltd
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.
Interaction with Disease
Disease
Information not available.
Interaction with Alcohol
Alcohol
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Lab Test
Lab
Information not available.
Interaction with Food
Food
Information not available.
Interaction with Medicine
Gentamicin Moderate
Combined usage of these medicines may increase the risk of kidney injury. Any symptoms of changes in urine output, swelling, and weight gain etc., should be reported to the doctor. An adequate hydration should be maintained to prevent dehydration. An alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.
Ethinyl Estradiol Moderate
The desired effect of contraceptive pills will not be achieved if these medicines are taken together. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement of the medicine should be made under the doctor's supervision.
Cholera Vaccine Major
Avoid cholera vaccine if the patient has taken Clindamycin within 14 days before vaccination. Usage of other antibiotics and vaccines should be reported to the doctor.
Clindamycin belongs to the class lincosamide. It works by binding to the 50S subunit of the bacterial ribosome thus inhibits the protein synthesis in the bacteria and stops the growth of the bacteria.
What are you using Clindamycin for?
Gynecological infections
Other
Skin and Structure Infection
Intraabdominal Infection
Bone and Joint infections
Lower Respiratory Tract Infection
How much was the improvement?
Average
Excellent
Poor
How long did it take before seeing improvement?
Within 2 hours
Within a day
More than 2 days
How frequently did you take this medicine?
Once a day
Thrice a day
Twice a day
How did you take this medicine?
With Food
With or without food
Empty stomach
What were the side effects of this medicine?
Scaly skin
Dizziness
Blurred vision
Black or tarry stools
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Lybrate does not take responsibility for any aspect of medicines or treatments. If you have any doubts about your medication, we strongly recommend you to see a doctor immediately.

Popular Questions & Answers

I have a red mark on nose after using clindamycin it becoming more red why it is happening how to cure it.

B.Sc. - Dietitics / Nutrition, Nutrition Certification,Registered Dietitian
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
I have a red mark on nose after using clindamycin it becoming more red why it is happening how to cure it.
Having some red rashes after applying clindamycin is common. Do not get worried because of it. Reduce the frequency of the product.

I have pimples from about 4years and I have used some medications like clindamycin.

CCP, MBA, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Karnal
I have pimples from about 4years and I have used some medications like clindamycin.
If you suffer from acne, pimples, blackheads & dark spots it means that the pitta dosha (heat in body) is increased. For that you need proper ayurvedic medicine along with following diet & lifestyle changes. 1) avoid eating salty, spicy & sour foods 2) have milk & ghee twice daily 3) green tea has antimicrobial and antioxidant compounds that can help fight acne. To get its effects, use a cooled cup of green tea as a face wash or lay the bag over the affected area. 4) apply a teaspoon of honey to affected areas, or make a mask by mixing 1/2 cup of honey with 1 cup of plain oatmeal and leaving it on for 30 minutes.
2 people found this helpful

I ate clindamycin capsules and then if I eat something is getting stuck in my pit please help me.

BHMS
Homeopath, Delhi
I ate clindamycin capsules and then if I eat something is getting stuck in my pit please help me.
Take medicine after eating anything. Do not eat after taking medicine. FOR FURTHER DETAILS CONTACT.
1 person found this helpful

Sir have pimples on my face I used clindamycin phosphate gel but I did not work please tell me what should I do?

BAMS
Ayurveda, Ambala
Sir have pimples on my face I used clindamycin phosphate gel but I did not work please tell me what should I do?
These are the methods to treat pimples - •Steam your face to open the pores, which in turn clear the skin. Steam your face for a couple of minutes. • Do YOGASANA daily. Especially do SINHASANA & SARVANGASANA daily. • Use oil free face wash and drink 7 -8 glass of water daily. • Do not touch your face again & again because your finger transfer bacteria to it and make it worse. If you touch it then clean your face with water. • Mix black pepper powder in some water to make paste & apply on the pimples three times a week. • Take cucumber and papaya pulp. Mix it well and add 1 tablespoon Turmeric. Make a paste and apply it on face and leave it for 15 minutes. • Take 2 teaspoon of RAKTSHODHAK syrup of BAIDYANATH company once a day after meals

I have white discharge problem without consulting doctor shall I use clindamycin cream and or else other prescription given to others.

Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicines and Surgery(BAMS), Post Graduation Diploma in Emergency Medicines And Services(PGDEMS), MD - Alternate Medicine
Ayurveda, Ghaziabad
Cook a handful of rice in a half a lit of water in an open pan. When rice is ready don’t throw the residue water drink reason this water when it remains that much hot that you can consume. Drink it on adding 1 tsp of sugar. This relieves your leucorrhoea that within a week. This is one of the most common home remedies for leucorrhoea. Take pranacharya leucorest syrup 2-2 tsf twice a day. And pranacharya leucona capsule 1-1 twice a day.

Popular Health Tips

For acne, use tretinoin cream at night time

Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD), MBBS
Dermatologist, Gurgaon
For acne, use tretinoin cream at night time
For acne, use tretinoin cream at night time.
Clindamycin in the morning.
Use salicylic acid containing face wash.
Do all these for 3 months. If this don't help. Consult a dermatologist.
163 people found this helpful

Infection In Vagina - Ways It Can Be Prevented!

Fellowship in Gynae Endoscopy, FMAS, DNB, DGO, MBBS
Gynaecologist, Delhi
Infection In Vagina - Ways It Can Be Prevented!

Bacterial vaginosis is a condition which is characterized by an infection in the vagina. The vagina consists of both good and bad bacteria which remain in a state of balance. Bacterial vaginosis occurs when the balance of bacteria in the vagina gets disrupted. The count of bad bacteria in the vagina tends to increase as compared to the count of good bacteria.

Causes

It occurs when the balance of bacteria in the vagina is upset. There are certain factors that may make you prone to this disorder; some of them are:

  1. Douching: Douching is a process of cleaning the vagina with water or cleansing agents. This process leads to an imbalance in the amount of good and bad bacteria in the vagina.

  2. Multiple Sex Partners: Women who have multiple sex partners are at an increased risk of getting affected by bacterial vaginosis.

  3. Lack of Good Bacteria in the Vagina.

Symptoms

The usual symptom of this disorder is a foul smelling vaginal discharge. The color of the discharge may be yellow or gray. The foul smell emanating from the vagina may intensify post coitus.

Treatment

Given below are the treatments for this disorder –

  1. Clindamycin: Clindamycin is a cream that helps treat bacterial vaginosis.

  2. Metronidazole: This medication may be either administered orally or applied in the form of gel. It is advised to stay away from alcohol during the course of this treatment, as it reduces the efficacy.

  3. Tinidazole: This is an oral medication administered to treat bacterial vaginosis. Akin to metronidazole, it is advised to avoid alcohol during the course of this treatment.

Preventive Measures

Following certain tips can help prevent bacterial vaginosis.

  1. Avoid Douching: Douching can upset the balance of bacteria in the vagina; hence it is best to avoid it entirely.

  2. Do not use scented toiletries: Using scented toiletries is not good for the vagina as it can disrupt the balance of bacteria in the vagina.

  3. Practice safe sex: Use protection while engaging in sexual intercourse to prevent STIs.

5 people found this helpful

Prevention and Treatment For Bacterial Vaginosis

DGO, MBBS
Gynaecologist, Delhi
Prevention and Treatment For Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis is a condition which is characterized by an infection in the vagina. The vagina consists of both good and bad bacteria which remain in a state of balance. Bacterial vaginosis occurs when the balance of bacteria in the vagina gets disrupted. The count of bad bacteria in the vagina tends to increase as compared to the count of good bacteria.

Causes-

It occurs when the balance of bacteria in the vagina is upset. There are certain factors that may make you prone to this disorder; some of them are:

  1. Douching: Douching is a process of cleaning the vagina with water or cleansing agents. This process leads to an imbalance in the amount of good and bad bacteria in the vagina.

  2. Multiple Sex Partners: Women who have multiple sex partners are at an increased risk of getting affected by bacterial vaginosis.

  3. Lack of Good Bacteria in the Vagina.

Symptoms-

The usual symptom of this disorder is a foul smelling vaginal discharge. The color of the discharge may be yellow or gray. The foul smell emanating from the vagina may intensify post coitus.

Treatment-

Given below are the treatments for this disorder –

  1. Clindamycin: Clindamycin is a cream that helps treat bacterial vaginosis.

  2. Metronidazole: This medication may be either administered orally or applied in the form of gel. It is advised to stay away from alcohol during the course of this treatment, as it reduces the efficacy.

  3. Tinidazole: This is an oral medication administered to treat bacterial vaginosis. Akin to metronidazole, it is advised to avoid alcohol during the course of this treatment.

Preventive Measures-

Following certain tips can help prevent bacterial vaginosis.

  1. Avoid Douching: Douching can upset the balance of bacteria in the vagina; hence it is best to avoid it entirely.

  2. Do not use scented toiletries: Using scented toiletries is not good for the vagina as it can disrupt the balance of bacteria in the vagina.

  3. Practice safe sex: Use protection while engaging in sexual intercourse to prevent STIs. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a doctor and ask a free question.

4637 people found this helpful

Bacterial Vaginosis - Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

MBBS, DGO, MD - Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Mumbai
Bacterial Vaginosis - Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

Bacterial vaginosis is a condition which is characterized by an infection in the vagina. The vagina consists of both good and bad bacteria which remain in a state of balance. Bacterial vaginosis occurs when the balance of bacteria in the vagina gets disrupted. The count of bad bacteria in the vagina tends to increase as compared to the count of good bacteria.

Causes-

It occurs when the balance of bacteria in the vagina is upset. There are certain factors that may make you prone to this disorder; some of them are:

  1. Douching: Douching is a process of cleaning the vagina with water or cleansing agents. This process leads to an imbalance in the amount of good and bad bacteria in the vagina.

  2. Multiple sex partners: Women who have multiple sex partners are at an increased risk of getting affected by bacterial vaginosis.

  3. Lack of Good Bacteria in the Vagina.

Symptoms-

The usual symptom of this disorder is a foul smelling vaginal discharge. The color of the discharge may be yellow or gray. The foul smell emanating from the vagina may intensify post coitus.

Treatment-

Given below are the treatments for this disorder –

  1. Clindamycin: Clindamycin is a cream that helps treat bacterial vaginosis.

  2. MetronidazoleThis medication may be either administered orally or applied in the form of gel. It is advised to stay away from alcohol during the course of this treatment, as it reduces the efficacy.

  3. Tinidazole: This is an oral medication administered to treat bacterial vaginosis. Akin to metronidazole, it is advised to avoid alcohol during the course of this treatment.

Preventive Measures-

Following certain tips can help prevent bacterial vaginosis.

  1. Avoid douching: Douching can upset the balance of bacteria in the vagina; hence it is best to avoid it entirely.

  2. Do not use scented toiletries: Using scented toiletries is not good for the vagina as it can disrupt the balance of bacteria in the vagina.

  3. Practice safe sex: Use protection while engaging in sexual intercourse to prevent STIs. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a gynaecologist.

4288 people found this helpful

Bacterial Vaginosis - Preventive Measures That Can Be Of Help!

MBBS, DNB, DGO, CCGDM
Gynaecologist, Mumbai
Bacterial Vaginosis - Preventive Measures That Can Be Of Help!

Bacterial vaginosis is a condition which is characterized by an infection in the vagina. The vagina consists of both good and bad bacteria which remain in a state of balance. Bacterial vaginosis occurs when the balance of bacteria in the vagina gets disrupted. The count of bad bacteria in the vagina tends to increase as compared to the count of good bacteria.

Causes-

It occurs when the balance of bacteria in the vagina is upset. There are certain factors that may make you prone to this disorder; some of them are:

  1. Douching: Douching is a process of cleaning the vagina with water or cleansing agents. This process leads to an imbalance in the amount of good and bad bacteria in the vagina.

  2. Multiple Sex Partners: Women who have multiple sex partners are at an increased risk of getting affected by bacterial vaginosis.

  3. Lack of Good Bacteria in the Vagina.

Symptoms-

The usual symptom of this disorder is a foul smelling vaginal discharge. The color of the discharge may be yellow or gray. The foul smell emanating from the vagina may intensify post coitus.

Treatment-

Given below are the treatments for this disorder –

  1. Clindamycin: Clindamycin is a cream that helps treat bacterial vaginosis.

  2. Metronidazole: This medication may be either administered orally or applied in the form of gel. It is advised to stay away from alcohol during the course of this treatment, as it reduces the efficacy.

  3. Tinidazole: This is an oral medication administered to treat bacterial vaginosis. Akin to metronidazole, it is advised to avoid alcohol during the course of this treatment.

  4. Certain vaginal washes might be prescribed by your doctor which will help maintain and restore the normal acidic pH of the vagina.

Preventive Measures-

Following certain tips can help prevent bacterial vaginosis.

  1. Avoid Douching: Douching can upset the balance of bacteria in the vagina; hence it is best to avoid it entirely.

  2. Avoid using soap: Using soap changes the pH of the vagina and hence disrupts the growth of good bacteria, leading to an increase in the bad bacteria. It is enough to clean the vaginal area with plain water. 

  3. Do not use scented toiletries: Using scented toiletries is not good for the vagina as it can disrupt the balance of bacteria in the vagina.

  4. Practice safe sex: Use protection while engaging in sexual intercourse to prevent STIs.

4321 people found this helpful

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About Clindamycin
When is Clindamycin prescribed?
What are the contraindications of Clindamycin ?
What are the side effects of Clindamycin ?
Key highlights of Clindamycin
What are the dosage instructions?
Where is the Clindamycin approved?
Medicines containing Clindamycin
What are the interactions for Clindamycin ?