Treats serious 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 lincomycin or clindamycin. In some cases, you should not use this medicine if you have mild or severe diarrhea.
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot into a muscle or into a vein.
- A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
- Keep using this medicine for the full treatment time, even if you feel better after the first few doses. Your infection may not clear up if you stop using the medicine too soon.
If a dose is missed:
- This medicine needs to be given on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose, call the doctor or nurse for instructions.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
- Tell your doctor if you have a history of kidney or liver disease, asthma, serious allergies, or stomach or intestinal problems such as colitis.
- If you have severe diarrhea, ask your doctor before taking any medicine to stop the diarrhea.
- Your doctor will need to check your blood at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Diarrhea (loose, watery stools that may or may not contain blood).
- Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, and body aches.
- Light-headedness or fainting.
- Shortness of breath, cold sweat, and bluish-colored skin.
- Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet.
- Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Mild nausea, vomiting, or upset stomach.
- Sores or white patches on your lips, mouth, or throat.
- Swelling, pain, or redness near where your IV needle is placed.
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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