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Clindamycin is used to treat certain bacterial infections including infections of the lungs, skin, blood, female reproductive organs, and internal organs.
How it works
Clindamycin belongs to the class of medications called lincosamide antibiotics. Clindamycin inhibits bacterial protein synthesis, thereby stopping bacterial growth.
Common side effects
fast heartbeat, puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, ulcers, peeling, joint or muscle pain, face, sore throat, cough or hoarseness, shortness of breath, blurred vision, sores, nausea, or skin rash, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips, Blistering, Red, yellow eyes or skin, hives or welts, heartburn, chills, lower back, vomiting, thrush., itching, unusual weight loss, bleeding gums, loss of appetite, unusual tiredness, diarrhea, dizziness, difficulty with swallowing, chest pain, or tongue, swollen and scaly skin, lips, dry mouth, or loosening of the skin, stomach cramps, headache
- If you get diarrhea that is watery or bloody, stop using this medicine and call your doctor.
- If you are taking birth control pills while taking clindamycin to take a secondary measure of birth control. Please consult your doctor regarding the same.
- Consult your doctor if you have or have ever had asthma, allergies, eczema (sensitive skin that often becomes itchy or irritated) or kidney or liver disease.
- Consult your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding, if you become pregnant while taking clindamycin, call your doctor.
Frequently asked questions
Q. Is clindamycin an st***d, sulfa drug, cephalosporin, or penicillin?
Clindamycin belongs to a group of antibiotics called lincosamide antibiotics. Clindamycin is not a cephalosporin, penicillin, or a sulpha drug and does not contain sulpha.
Q. Is clindamycin good for strep throat, urinary tract infection, sinus infection, sore throat, bladder infection, yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis, and ear infection?
Clindamycin can be used to treat strep throat, sore throat, sinus infection, bladder infection, yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis, and ear infection. Clindamycin can be used but is not the first choice of drug for urinary tract infection.
Q. Is clindamycin safe?
Clindamycin is relatively safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is clindamycin over-the-counter drug?
Clindamycin is not an over the counter drug. It is a prescription drug.
Q. Can I take clindamycin with food, milk, alcohol?
Clindamycin can be taken with food and milk. It shows no significant interaction with alcohol, however, it is advisable not to drink or limit the use of alcohol while you are taking antibiotics.
Q. Can I take clindamycin with a penicillin allergy?
Clindamycin is considered safe for use in patients with a penicillin allergy.
Q. Does clindamycin treat acne scars?
Clindamycin can prevent the formation of new scars by preventing the formation of new acne, but will not be useful for the scars already formed.
Q. Can clindamycin cream cause thrush?
Yes, clindamycin cream may cause thrush with prolonged use or if you are prone to fungal infections.