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Clindamycin (Generic Cleocin)
Clindamycin is an antibiotic drug that doctors often prescribe to treat severe bacterial infections within the body. Clindamycin can be prescribed when the individual is allergic to penicillin or in cases in which other antibiotics have not worked.
Clindamycin is one of the lincosamide antibiotics that doctors prescribe to patients experiencing either anaerobic, staphylococcal, or streptococcal infections. The drug slows the infection by preventing the bacteria from multiplying further. Doctors may prescribe larger doses of clindamycin to kill bacteria, but only in specific cases.
If you are experiencing diarrhea while taking clindamycin, contact your doctor for further action. Clindamycin may cause an overgrowth of bacteria in the large intestine, which could develop colitis.
When Is Clindamycin Prescribed?
Clindamycin has several different applications and will be used to treat specific bacterial infections within the body. You may be prescribed this as an alternative treatment to penicillin if you are experiencing an infection in your blood, skin, lungs, internal organs, or female reproductive organs.
When taking your medicine, you should follow your doctor’s instructions. Unlike other antibiotics, this is not a medicine used for treating viral infections like a cold or cases of the flu. You may receive your antibiotics in a capsule or a liquid to be taken orally.
How Does Clindamycin Work?
Clindamycin is an antibiotic drug that is commonly used to treat multiple forms of bacterial infections. For cases that involve anaerobic, staphylococcal, and streptococcal bacteria, clindamycin is needed to slow down and prevent the spreading of the infection.
The antibiotic helps to prevent the harmful bacteria from multiplying without killing them. You will commonly be prescribed this drug to be taken orally in the form of a solution or capsule; however, in more serious cases – your condition may require you to have your antibiotics administered parenterally.
What Are the Side Effects of Clindamycin?
When using clindamycin, note that there are multiple side effects. You may experience one or more of the following:
- Difficulty or painful swallowing
- Discolored patches within the mouth
- Irritation or swelling of the vagina
- Joint pain
- Metallic taste
- Unusual vaginal discharge
If any of these symptoms seem severe or do not go away quickly, contact your doctor immediately.
If you are experiencing any of the following side effects, you should seek emergency medical treatment:
- Blisters or peeling skin
- Difficulty breathing
- Hives or rashes
- Hoarseness when speaking
- Yellowing skin and eyes
You may experience other unknown side effects while using this treatment, and you should consult your doctor if you have any concerns.
For more detailed information about Clindamycin, you can refer to the following sources:
- Cleocin prescription label, Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Clindamycin, Drugs.com.
- Clindamycin, MedlinePlus.
- Clindamycin, U.S. National Library of Medicine.
The content on this page has been medically reviewed for accuracy and comprehensiveness by Amy Dougherty, FNP-BC, AGAC
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Frequently asked questions
Can you get clindamycin over-the-counter (OTC)?
No, you cannot obtain clindamycin over the counter. If you believe you need this treatment, you should contact your doctor or seek medical help to get a prescription for it.
How do I get a prescription for clindamycin?
If you believe you need clindamycin antibiotics, your doctor will need to prescribe them to you. If your doctor has diagnosed you to have a harmful bacterial infection and drugs containing penicillin will not be effective – you will be given a prescription for clindamycin.
Can you get a clindamycin prescription online?
Yes, you can have a clindamycin prescription written online, so long as it is from a board-certified doctor. Board-certified doctors can prescribe nearly any drug or treatment to an individual – given that the patient is in need of said treatment.
How do I get an online prescription for clindamycin?
To get an online prescription for clindamycin you will have to set up an account with us, download the DrHouse app and make an on-demand visit with one of our board-certified clinicians.
How do you use clindamycin?
Clindamycin can come in multiple forms, and treatment can differ from patient to patient. When being diagnosed and prescribed your medicine, your doctor will walk you through the steps to properly take it.
Clindamycin can be prescribed as a capsule or a solution for those who may have a hard time ingesting pills. If your case is severe, then you may also be administered the antibiotic by a doctor until your condition improves enough for oral treatment.
What should you avoid while using clindamycin?
You should be sure never to take more than instructed by your doctor, and if you miss a dosage, you need to take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, it is better to skip the previous one and carry one taking it as instructed. Never try to take multiple doses too close to one another. If you think you may have taken more than recommended, contact your doctor as soon as possible.
Avoid taking outdated medicine and ensure to keep your antibiotics at room temperature.