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.