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Clindamycin is used to treat acne. It helps to decrease the number of acne lesions. Clindamycin is an antibiotic which works by stopping the growth of bacteria. Clindamycin belongs to the class of drugs called lincosamide.
Take clindamycin exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Take the capsule with a full glass of water to keep it from irritating your throat.
Measure the oral liquid with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
Clindamycin is sometimes given as an injection into a muscle, or injected into a vein through an intravenous. You may be shown how to use injections at home. Do not self-inject this medicine if you do not understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of used needles, intravenous tubing, and other items used to inject the medicine.
Use a disposable needle only once. Follow any state or local laws about throwing away used needles and syringes. Use a puncture-proof “sharps” disposal container (ask your pharmacist where to get one and how to throw it away). Keep this container out of the reach of children and pets.
To make sure this medicine is not causing harmful effects, you may need frequent medical tests during treatment.
Use clindamycin for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antibiotics. Clindamycin will not treat a viral infection such as the flu or a common cold.
Clindamycin is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store clindamycin in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of clindamycin that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush clindamycin down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Clindamycin is sometimes prescribed to pediatric patients to treat infections. Doses are calculated based on weight for children less than 12 years of age.
Many medicines have not been studied specifically in older people. Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly the same way they do in younger adults. Although there is no specific information comparing use of this medicine in the elderly with use in other age groups, this medicine is not expected to cause different side effects or problems in older people than it does in younger adults.
Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this medication. This medication is pregnancy risk category B according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:
Oral and parenteral forms of clindamycin can pass through the placenta as well as breast milk. A percentage of the dose taken by the mother can be transferred to her fetus or infant. While teratogenic effects have not been recorded, it is prudent to monitor newborns and breastfed children for any side effects of clindamycin.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using clindamycin and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
Serious side effects may include:
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Clindamycin may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is not recommended. Your doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication or change some of the other medicines you take.
Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.
Using this medicine with any of the following medicines may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.
Clindamycin may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Taking this drug with food is allowed, especially for patients who experience gastric pain while taking this medication on an empty stomach. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
Clindamycin may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have, especially:
The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this medication.
Usual Adult dose for serious infection: 150 to 300 mg orally every 6 hours. Or 600 to 1,200 mg via intravenous or intramuscular per day, in 2 to 4 equally divided doses
Usual Adult dose for more severe infection: 300 to 450 mg orally every 6 hours. Or 1,200 to 2,700 mg via intravenous or intramuscular per day, in 2 to 4 equally divided doses
More severe infection: Up to 4,800 mg via intravenous infusion per day
Body weight 10 kg or less:
Minimum recommended dose: 37.5 mg orally three times a day
Body weight 11 kg or more:
Serious infection: 8 to 12 mg/kg orally per day, in 3 to 4 equally divided doses
Severe infection: 13 to 16 mg/kg orally per day, in 3 to 4 equally divided doses
More severe infection: 17 to 25 mg/kg orally per day, in 3 to 4 equally divided doses
An alternate regimen:
Serious infection: 8 to 16 mg/kg orally per day, in 3 to 4 equally divided doses
More severe infection: 16 to 20 mg/kg orally per day, in 3 to 4 equally divided doses
Up to 1 month of age: 15 to 20 mg/kg via intravenous infusion per day in 3 to 4 equally divided doses; the lower dose may be sufficient for small premature neonates.
1 month to 16 years:
Body weight dosing: 20 to 40 mg/kg via intravenous or intramuscular per day, in 3 to 4 equally divided doses. The higher doses would be used for more severe infections
Body surface area dosing:
Serious infection: 350 mg/m2 via intravenous or intramuscular per day
Severe infection: 450 mg/m2 via intravenous or intramuscular per day
17 years or older: Usual adult dose
Duration: At least 10 days for beta-hemolytic streptococcal infections
Clindamycin is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
Capsule 75 mg; 150 mg; 300 mg
Granules for oral solution: 75mg/5mL
Solution for injection: 150 mg/mL (2mL, 4mL ampules)
Soft-gel capsule, vaginal: 100 mg
Topical gel: 1% (with benzoyl peroxide 5%), (15 g, 25 g container)
Topical solution: 1%
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
If you miss a dose of clindamycin, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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