Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Cleocin HCl, Cleocin Pediatric
Generic Name: clindamycin (Pronunciation: klin da MYE sin)
What is clindamycin (Cleocin HCl, Cleocin Pediatric)?
Clindamycin is an antibiotic that fights bacteria in the body.
Clindamycin is used to treat serious infections caused by bacteria.
Clindamycin may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Cleocin 150 mg
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Cleocin 300 mg
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Clindamycin 150 mg-GRE
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Clindamycin 150 mg-TEV
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Clindamycin 150 mg-WAT
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Clindamycin 300 mg-GG
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Clindamycin 300 mg-GRE
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Clindamycin 300 mg-RAN
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Clindamycin 300 mg-TEV
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Clindamycin 300 mg-WAT
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What are the possible side effects of clindamycin (Cleocin HCl, Cleocin Pediatric)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using clindamycin and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about clindamycin (Cleocin HCl, Cleocin Pediatric)?
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to clindamycin or lincomycin (Bactramycin, L-Mycin, Lincocin).
Do not take clindamycin together with erythromycin (E.E.S., EryPed, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin, and others).
Before using clindamycin, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, liver disease, an intestinal disorder such as colitis or Crohn's disease, or a history of asthma, eczema, or allergic skin reaction.
Take this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may get better before the infection is completely cleared. Clindamycin will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.
Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, stop taking clindamycin and call your doctor. Do not use anti-diarrhea medicine unless your doctor tells you to.
To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your blood may need to be tested often. Your kidney or liver function may also need to be tested. Visit your doctor regularly.
If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using clindamycin. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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