What is Clindamycin
Clindamycin is an antibiotic used to treat specific bacterial infections. It is effective against infections in the lungs, blood, skin, female reproductive organs, and internal organs. Clindamycin belongs to the lincomycin class of antibiotics and works by inhibiting the growth of bacteria in the body.
It is important to note that Clindamycin does not treat viral infections such as the common cold or flu. Taking antibiotics unnecessarily can increase the risk of developing infections that are resistant to antibiotic treatment.
One severe side effect of Clindamycin is the potential for severe diarrhea. If you experience watery or bloody diarrhea while taking this medication, it is crucial to stop taking it immediately and consult with your doctor. Diarrhea caused by Clindamycin can be harmful, so it should be taken seriously.
Prior to using this medication, inform your doctor about any liver or kidney disease, intestinal disorders such as colitis or Crohn’s disease, as well as any history of eczema, asthma, or allergic skin reactions.
It is essential to complete the full course of Clindamycin treatment. Stopping the medication before completing the prescribed therapy may improve symptoms temporarily but can result in the infection becoming resistant to antibiotics.
What to know before taking Clindamycin?
If you are allergic to Clindamycin or Lincomycin, you should not take this medication.
Prior to taking Clindamycin, consult with your doctor if you have or have had:
- Crohn’s disease, colitis, or other intestinal disorders
- Allergic skin reactions or eczema
- Liver disease
- A severe allergic reaction to aspirin or asthma
- An allergy to yellow food dye
The safety of Clindamycin for unborn babies is still unknown. If you are pregnant, it is important to consult with your doctor before taking this medication to avoid potential harm to your baby.
Clindamycin passes into breast milk, so breastfeeding should be avoided while undergoing Clindamycin treatment. If you breastfeed while taking this medication, it can pass to your newborn through breast milk and cause side effects such as diaper rash, stomach discomfort, redness or white patches in the mouth or throat, or bloody or watery diarrhea. Inform your doctor if you are breastfeeding while undergoing Clindamycin treatment.
The injectable form of Clindamycin contains an ingredient that can be dangerous for young or premature babies. Do not administer this medication to children without medical advice.
How to take Clindamycin?
Take Clindamycin exactly as prescribed by your doctor and follow all the provided directions. Read the medication guide carefully that accompanies the medication. Your doctor may ask you to take your first dose under their supervision and provide instructions on how to take the medication correctly on your own.
When taking the capsule form of Clindamycin, swallow it with a full glass of water to avoid throat irritation.
It is important to measure the liquid form of the medication accurately. Use a dosing syringe or a medicine dose-measuring device to measure the liquid form of Clindamycin. Do not use a kitchen spoon for measuring the medicine.
Your doctor may schedule frequent medical tests while you are taking Clindamycin to monitor its effectiveness and determine the appropriate dosage for you.
If you require surgery, inform your surgeon that you are taking Clindamycin, as it can interact with other medications used during the procedure, including anesthesia.
Complete the full course of Clindamycin treatment. Stopping the medication before completing the prescribed therapy can increase the risk of infection. Although your symptoms may improve during treatment, it does not mean the infection is completely gone. If you stop taking the medication prematurely, you may experience a recurrence of the infection.
Store Clindamycin at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Injectable medication should not be exposed to high heat. Oral liquid forms of the medication should not be refrigerated. Do not keep unused oral liquid medication that is more than two weeks old.
Usual Adult Dose for Bacterial Infection
- For Serious Infection: The recommended dosage is 150mg to 300mg orally every 6 hours.
- For More Severe Infections: The