Clindamycin medication was made in 1967. The World Health Organization considers this drug to be safe and effective. It is a relatively inexpensive medication that can be used to manage various bacterial infections.
Clindamycin can be prescribed to people who have the following bacterial infections:
Pelvic inflammatory disease;
Middle ear infections;
Acne and others.
Clindamycin may also be used in treating serious infections due to susceptible strains of pneumococci, streptococci and staphylococci. This medication has a primarily bacteriostatic effect. It is able to stop the growth of bacteria.
To take this medication safely, you may need to take blood tests. This drug is not suitable for you if it causes an allergic reaction. Notify your healthcare provider if you have an allergy to foods or other medications.
Your healthcare provider needs to know if you have the following health conditions:
Consult with your healthcare provider if you wish to take this medication during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
The same as with other antibiotics, Clindamycin may cause diarrhea, which may last for 2 months or longer after you stop the use of this medication. You should discuss this situation with your healthcare provider. Do not use any medicines to treat diarrhea if it is not recommended by your doctor. Do not change the dosage or length of the treatment prescribed by your healthcare provider, because it may affect the effectiveness of the drug.
The use of Clindamycin may lead to occurrence of various side effects, ranging from mild to severe. The most common side effects are the following:
Vomiting and nausea;
Vaginal discharge and itching;
Changes in bowel habits.
You should be looking for urgent medical help if you have at least one of the following severe side effects:
Changes in urine (amount, color);
Can It Interact with Other Medications?
There are 45 drugs that are able to interact with Clindamycin. The combination of Clindamycin and cholera vaccine may cause major interactions. You should avoid mixing this medication along with the following medicines:
Clindamycin can only be combined with other drugs under the supervision of your healthcare provider.