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- What is clindamycin-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for clindamycin-oral?
- Is clindamycin-oral available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for clindamycin-oral?
- What are the uses for clindamycin-oral?
- What are the side effects of clindamycin-oral?
- What is the dosage for clindamycin-oral?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with clindamycin-oral?
- Is clindamycin-oral safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about clindamycin-oral?
What is clindamycin-oral, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- Clindamycin is an antibiotic used for treating serious infections. It is effective again several types of bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Staphylococcus epidermidis, and Propionibacterium acnes. It reduces growth of bacteria by interfering with their ability to make proteins.
- The FDA approved clindamycin in February 1970.
What brand names are available for clindamycin-oral?
Is clindamycin-oral available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for clindamycin-oral?
What are the uses for clindamycin-oral?
- Clindamycin is used for treatment of serious infections caused by susceptible bacteria. It is most often used for treating penicillin-allergic patients or in other situations where penicillin or other alternative antibiotics cannot be used.
- Examples of infections that are treated with clindamycin include:
- Serious respiratory tract infections (for example, empyema, pneumonitis, and lung abscess)
- Serious skin and soft tissue infections
- Female pelvic and genital tract infections (for example, endometritis); and ovarian abscess)
What are the side effects of clindamycin-oral?
The most common side effects of clindamycin are
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Clindamycin causes Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea (CDAD) because it can alter the normal bacteria in the colon and encourage overgrowth Clostridium difficile, a bacteria which causes inflammation of the colon (pseudomembranous colitis). Patients who develop signs of pseudomembranous colitis after starting clindamycin (diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain, and possibly shock) should contact their physician immediately.
Other serious side effects of clindamycin include:
- serious allergic reactions
- blood disorders
- Stevens-Johnson syndrome
- toxic epidermal necrolysis
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