What is Clindamycin for:
Clindamycin is an antibiotic. It is used to treat certain bacterial infections of the skin, lung, digestive system, bones, joints and genitals.
How does Clindamycin work:
Clindamycin can also be used to prevent infection if you are undergoing certain dental procedures.
How should Clindamycin be used:
Take Clindamycin exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor. Take Clindamycin at regular intervals as instructed. Do not skip any doses. Continue to take it even when you feel better. You must complete the entire course of antibiotic. If you dont, the infection will not clear completely. If you have been given Clindamycin capsules, you may take it with or without food. Swallow it whole with a full glass of water in a sitting or standing position. If you have been given Clindamycin syrup, take it together with food or immediately after a meal. Shake it well before use to ensure that the liquid is evenly mixed. Use the measuring spoon or cup provided to measure out your dose.
Common side effects of Clindamycin :
Clindamycin may cause diarrhoea, nausea and stomach discomfort. These side effects are usually temporary. If you have diarrhoea, drink lots of water to replace the fluids lost. However, if you have severe diarrhoea or diarrhoea with severe stomach cramps or bloody stools, alert your doctor. – If you develop rashes, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes, stop the medicine and inform your doctor quickly. These could be signs of an allergic reaction. – Clindamycin may cause other side effects. Consult your doctor if you have unusual problems while taking this medicine.
What do I do if I miss a dose
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule. – DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances. – If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
What precautions should I take when taking Clindamycin :
Inform your doctor if you have asthma or significant allergies, kidney or liver disease, or inflammation of the digestive system. – Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.