Treats infections. Belongs to a class of drugs called antibiotics.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not use this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to clindamycin or lincomycin (Lincocin®).
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given.
- An IM injection is a shot given in your muscle (upper arm, thigh, buttocks). An IV infusion is medicine that is put directly into your body through one of your veins.
- This medicine should be given by a person trained to give IV or IM medicine, such as a nurse. Sometimes you, a family member, or friend can be taught to give your medicine.
- If you are receiving IV medicine, check the bag to make sure there are no leaks. Also make sure the solution is clear.
If a dose is missed:
- This medicine needs to be given on a regular schedule. If you miss a dose, call your doctor for instructions.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- Store in a refrigerator. Do not freeze. Take it out of the refrigerator an hour before the time for your next dose and allow it to warm to room temperature in a clean, dry place.
- If you see particles in the solution, You should not use it.
- If you have your treatments at home, you should be given a special container for the used needles. Keep it where children or pets cannot reach it.
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are taking erythromycin before you take this medicine.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you have kidney, liver, or lung disease, or if you have ever had colitis or bowel disease.
- If you have severe diarrhea while taking clindamycin, check with your doctor before taking medicine to stop the diarrhea.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking clindamycin.
- If your infection does not improve, or if it gets worse while taking this medicine, talk to your doctor.
- You may have a bitter taste in your mouth if you are receiving IV clindamycin. This is normal.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Rash, hives, or blistering or peeling skin
- Swelling of the face, throat, or lips
- Wheezing or trouble breathing
- Severe diarrhea (watery or bloody)
- Swelling, pain, or redness near where your IV is located
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Mild diarrhea or nausea
- Vaginal itching or discharge
- Pain where the IM shot was given
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
- Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013
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