lincomycin hydrochloride (Lincocin)

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    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

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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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