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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
Aristo Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Zydus Cadila
Curador Healthcare Pvt Ltd
Stedman Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Adcock Ingram Healthcare Pvt Ltd
Bennet Pharmaceuticals Limited
Gland Pharma Limited
La Med India
Systopic Laboratories Pvt Ltd
Leeford Healthcare
West Coast Pharma Works
Alkem Laboratories Ltd
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Staunch Pharmaceuticals
Menarini India
Mankind Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Macleods Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Mankind Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Ajanta Pharma Ltd
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.
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.
What are you using Clindamycin for?
Gynecological infections
Skin and Structure Infection
Other
Intraabdominal Infection
Pain
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 a day
Within 2 hours
Within 6 hours
Within 2 days
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
Empty stomach
With or without food
What were the side effects of this medicine?
Blurred vision
Scaly skin
Dizziness
No side effects
Chest Pain
Black or tarry stools
Disclaimer: The information produced here is best of our knowledge and experience and we have tried our best to make it as accurate and up-to-date as possible, but we would like to request that it should not be treated as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Lybrate is a medium to provide our audience with the common information on medicines and does not guarantee its accuracy or exhaustiveness. Even if there is no mention of a warning for any drug or combination, it never means that we are claiming that the drug or combination is safe for consumption without any proper consultation with an expert.

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.

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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.
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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
How does medicine works?
What are the interactions for Clindamycin ?