This medicine contains the active ingredient clindamycin which belongs to a group of medicines called antibiotics. These medicines prevent the growth and multiplication of bacteria. Clindamycin is prescribed for the treatment of severe bacterial infections such as infections of joint and bone, stomach infections, and tooth infections.
Is Clindamycin suitable for me?
Clindamycin is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- if you are allergic to clindamycin or other ingredients of this medicine
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- have kidney or liver problems
- have diarrhea or get diarrhea when taking antibiotics
- are pregnant or trying to get pregnant or breast-feeding
- have history of colitis, Crohn's disease, or other intestinal disorder;
- have history of eczema, or allergic skin reaction;
- have asthma,
- are using erythromycin
- have blood disorder called porphyria.
Clindamycin interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Clindamycin?
This medicine is available in form of a capsule.
You should take clindamycin exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. The dose will be prescribed according to your age, condition and needs.
- The usual dose for adults is from 150 to 450 mg taken every 6 hours.
Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed. Also, this medicine works best if there is a constant amount in the blood. To help keep this amount constant, do not miss any doses and take the medicine at the same time each day. Do not take two doses together if you miss a dose.
Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Clindamycin side effects?
Like all medicines clindamycin can cause side effects, including:
- taste disturbance
- reddening of the skin, skin rash,
- itching (hives)
- throat ulcers,
- sore throat,
- nausea, vomiting
- stomach pain and diarrhea
- reduced numbers of blood cells
- poor liver function
- inflammation of the vagina
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.