Clindamycin

Description

Clindamycin is a bacteriostatic antibiotic which is used to treat a variety of infections caused by the bacteria in the lungs, skin, and blood. It is used with caution in the patients with gastrointestinal disease due to the risk of diarrhea. Do not use this medicine in the patients with known allergy to lincosamides.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Clindamycin

  • Scaly skin
  • Black or tarry stools
  • Blurred vision
  • Chest pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Irritated eyes
  • Increased thirst

Uses of Clindamycin

What is it prescribed for?

  • Lower Respiratory Tract Infection
  • Skin and Structure Infection
  • Intraabdominal Infection
  • Gynecological infections
  • Bone and Joint infections
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The peak effect of this medicine can be observed in 60 minutes after an oral dose and 1 to 3 hours after an intramuscular dose.
  • Duration of effect
    The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 6 to 4 hours.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women.

Allergy

Avoid if you have a known allergy to Clindamycin or any other lincosamide.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women.
General warnings

Clostridium difficile-associated Diarrhea

Antibiotic therapy may cause an imbalance in the normal microbial flora in the large intestine which promotes the growth of a bacteria called Clostridium difficile. This may result in severe diarrhea. Report any such incidence to the doctor immediately and discontinue therapy under your doctor's supervision.

Drug-resistance

Usage of {Clindamycin}} without sufficient proof or suspicion of a bacterial infection should be avoided. Irrational dosing might fail in providing the benefits and even cause toxicity. It may also increase the risk of development of bacteria that is drug resistant.

Skin reactions

Clindamycin is known to cause few severe skin reactions like toxic epidermal necrolysis, drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS), and Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS), some with fatal outcome. Discontinue the medicine if these symptoms appear.

Gasping syndrome

Use of Clindamycin injection containing benzyl alcohol may cause the gasping syndrome in the newborns.

Impaired liver function

Use with caution in the patients with the moderate to severe liver injury. Dosing frequency should be modified based on the severity of the liver injury. Frequent monitoring of liver function tests is necessary.

Impaired kidney function

Use with caution in the patients with the moderate to severe liver injury. Dosing frequency should be modified based on the severity of the kidney injury. Frequent monitoring of kidney function tests is necessary.

Missed Dose

The missed dose can be taken as soon as you remember. However, the missed dose should be skipped if it is almost time for your next dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Gentamicin

Ethinyl Estradiol

Cholera Vaccine

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
You should carefully follow all instructions on the label. The duration and amount of medicine consumed should be as prescribed by the doctor. It can be taken with food or after food. An adequate amount of water should be consumed to minimize the irritation caused in the stomach.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
It works by inhibiting the protein synthesis which is essential for the bacteria to grow.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Lincomycin derivatives

Schedule

Schedule H

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https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/33102

Clindamycin: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2017 [cited 5 April 2017]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a682399.html

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https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=e5a5be69-f2fa-4f3b-b36e-9d503f35958b

Prescribing medicines in pregnancy database [Internet]. Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). 2017 [cited 5 April 2017]. Available from:

https://www.tga.gov.au/prescribing-medicines-pregnancy-database#searchname

[Internet]. Toxnet.nlm.nih.gov. 2017 [cited 5 April 2017]. Available from:

https://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search2/f?./temp/~1KtTPO:1

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Information on this page was last updated on 7 Mar 2018

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