What is Clindamycin? Uses, dosage, warnings, side effects

Clindamycin is used to treat certain types of bacterial infections, including infections of the lungs, skin, blood, female reproductive organs, and internal organs. Clindamycin is in a class of medications called lincomycin antibiotics. It works by slowing or stopping the growth of bacteria.

Clindamycin is an effective antibiotic for a variety of serious infections. People also use Clindamycin for treating acne. There are many possible side effects of Clindamycin, and doctors should weigh the benefits and risks before prescribing this antibiotic.

The use of antibiotics is strictly controlled as the symptoms of an infection are often similar to a viral illness so a doctor needs to confirm you are getting the appropriate treatment for you and the illness. You can buy Clindamycin online once a doctor has examined you and advised you to take this medication.

Cleocin is also known as Clindamycin, Clindatec, Dalacin, Clinacin, Evoclin.

Uses

Clindamycin is an antibiotic used for treating serious infections. It is effective again several types of bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Staphylococcus epidermidis, and Propionibacterium acnes. It reduces growth of bacteria by interfering with their ability to make proteins.

Amoxicillin may be safer than Clindamycin as endocarditis prophylaxis. Amoxicillin may be safer than Clindamycin as endocarditis prophylaxis before dental work, a new study from England suggests. Dentists have historically given antibiotic prophylaxis (AP) to patients at risk of infective endocarditis.

Dosage

The dose of Clindamycin for adults is 150 to 300 mg every 6 hours. For more severe infections is 300 to 450 mg every 6 hours.

Warnings

People with a history of pseudomembranous or ulcerative colitis should not take clindamycin. These two conditions cause severe inflammation of the lining of the intestine. The side effects of taking clindamycin can worsen these two conditions.

Side Effects

Common side effects of Clindamycin include

  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • diarrhea,
  • stomach pain,
  • joint pain,
  • vaginal itching or discharge,
  • skin rash or itching,
  • heartburn,
  • sore throat, or
  • changes in bowel habits (especially in older adults).

Tell your doctor if you experience serious side effects of Clindamycin including:

  • yellowing eyes/skin (jaundice),
  • dark urine, or
  • changes in the amount of urine.