Clindamycin is a strong antibiotic medication, which kills bacteria caused by serious infections. It’s prescribed to treat patients allergic to penicillin. The drug can treat the following conditions:
Respiratory tract infections;
Female genital and pelvic tract infections;
Severe skin infections.
How to Use It
It comes in the form of a capsule and liquid solution. It should be consumed by mouth 3 or 4 times a day. The period of treatment will depend on seriousness of your infection. Take the antibiotic at the same time every day. Do not increase or reduce the recommended dose.
If you have liquid, shake it well before using. Administer the capsule with a glass of water. In fact, you will start feeling better during the first days of treatment. If the symptoms do not improve and even worsen, contact your pharmacist immediately. Take the antibiotic during the whole prescribed period of time. If you stop taking it too soon and skip doses very often, the infection can easily return, and the bacteria will develop resistance to this kind of antibiotics.
Before you start the treatment, tell your doctor about:
Being allergic to Clindamycin or any other drug, including aspirin;
All possible medicines you are currently taking, including vitamins and all possible supplements;
Pregnance or breastfeeding;
Surgery, including dental.
The most common side effects are:
Thick vaginal discharge.
Serious side effects include:
You may also get various skin allergies, such as peeling, swollen face or tongue, blisters and rash if you misuse the treatment.
If you suffer from liver problems, you may not be able to clear the antibiotic from your organism well. This may lead to an increased level of medication in the body and result in a number of unwanted side effects. It’s better to test your liver during the whole period of treatment. If you are older than 65, you may find it difficult to tolerate a number of side effects, especially diarrhea caused by the medication. If you suffer from gastrointestinal problems, certainly ask your doctor whether the medication is safe to you. It may cause diarrhea and colon infections, which will result in various complications.
Before you start the treatment, inform your pharmacist about colitis, eczema, allergic reactions, asthma and Crohn’s disease, if any. Mention if you take erythromycin or if you have an allergy to yellow food dye.
Clindamycin belongs to category B pregnancy medications. It’s not harmful to the fetus. Tell your healthcare provider if you get pregnant while taking the drug. The antibiotic can be passed into the breastfeeding milk and be harmful to a nursing baby. It should not be given to a child without any medical advice. The injectable drug contains an ingredient, which can result in serious side effects and even death in infants.