GENERIC NAME: clindamycin oral
BRAND NAME: Cleocin
DISCONTINUED: Cleocin capsules have been discontinued.
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
- 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)
SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of clindamycin are
Cleocin also frequently causes
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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