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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 purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Cleocin 150 mg

capsule, blue/green, imprinted with CLEOCIN 150MG

Cleocin 300 mg

capsule, blue, imprinted with CLEOCIN 300 mg

Clindamycin 150 mg-GG

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Clindamycin 150 mg-GRE

capsule, blue/green, imprinted with G 150 mg, 3328

Clindamycin 150 mg-TEV

capsule, blue/red, imprinted with TEVA, 3171

Clindamycin 150 mg-WAT

capsule, gray/pink, imprinted with DAN 5708

Clindamycin 300 mg-GG

capsule, blue, imprinted with cor 154 cor 154

Clindamycin 300 mg-GRE

capsule, blue, imprinted with G 300 mg, 5010

Clindamycin 300 mg-RAN

capsule, blue, imprinted with RX693

Clindamycin 300 mg-TEV

capsule, blue, imprinted with TEVA, 5256

Clindamycin 300 mg-WAT

capsule, pink, imprinted with DAN 3120

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:

  • diarrhea that is watery or bloody;
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • urinating less than usual or not at all;
  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, sores in your mouth and throat;
  • easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin; or
  • severe skin reaction -- fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • change in bowel habits (especially in older adults);
  • mild nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain;
  • joint pain;
  • vaginal itching or discharge;
  • mild rash or itching; or
  • heartburn, irritation in your throat.

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)?

You should 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, Pediazole, 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 medicine for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antibiotics. 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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