lincomycin hydrochloride (Lincocin)

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GENERIC NAME: Lincomycin hydrochloride

BRAND NAME: Lincocin

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: No

PRESCRIBED FOR: Lincomycin is used for treating serious bacterial infections caused by susceptible strains of streptococci, pneumococci, and staphylococci. Use of lincomycin is reserved for penicillin-allergic patients or when penicillin-based treatment is not appropriate. This antibiotic should only be used to treat serious infections because of rare but sometimes fatal intestinal problems have occurred (pseudomembranous colitis).

SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects of lincomycin are:

Like other antibiotics lincomycin can alter the normal bacteria in the colon and encourage overgrowth of some bacteria such as Clostridium difficile which causes inflammation of the colon (pseudomembranous colitis).

Patients who develop signs of pseudomembranous colitis after treatment with lincomycin should contact their physician immediately. They may experience:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/14/2016



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