Cleocin or Clindamycin is used for curing a number of bacterial infections. It is indeed a useful antibiotic that functions by stopping bacterial growth. The antibiotic treats bacterial infections only. You need to remember that it does not treat virus infections. This drug can also be taken before any dental process where the patient may have some heart conditions like artificial heart valves etc in order to help avoid severe infections in the heart.
How to take it? Dosage and administration
Take Cleocin by orally with or without taking food, 4 times a day or as prescribed by the doctor. You can take the drug with full glass of water. Never lie down immediately after taking the drug. Also, do not take the drug more than directed. Take all the medicines as prescribed by the doctor. Do not even skip your medicine doses or do not stop taking the medicine suddenly.
Before taking this medicine
Before starting to take this drug, make sure that you tell your doctor whether you are allergic to lincomycin or clindamycin or if you suffer from colitis, intestinal disorder, Crohn’s disease, liver disease, eczema, skin allergic reaction, asthma, allergic reactions, allergy to food dye, if you take erythromycin or if you have some kidney disease.
What if I miss a dose?
In an event when you miss a dose of Cleocin, take it as soon as you remember. In case it is time to take the next dose, take one dose only. Do not overdose.
What if I overdose?
In case you suspect that you have taken extra dose, contact your doctor right away.
Cleocin Side effects
There can be many mild side effects of taking Cleocin. If you see any of these effects, you should tell your doctor at the earliest.
Allergies like itching, hives, swelling of lips, face, tongue, skin rash
Swallowing and pain
Dark coloured urine
Excessive bruising or bleeding
Yellowing of skin and/or eyes
Blistering, loosening/peeling, redness of skin
Feeling tired or weak
What should I avoid while taking clindamycin (Cleocin)?
The antibiotic medicines may cause diarrhoea, which might be a sign of some infection. In case you face diarrhoea which is bloody or watery, stop taking the drug and consult your medical professional. Don’t use any anti diarrhoea drug before speaking to your doctor.
What other drugs will affect clindamycin (Cleocin)?
There may be some other drugs as well that may interact with Cleocin. You should tell your doctor about the medications you take or you intend to start taking. This even includes the over the counter medications, prescriptions, vitamins, herbal or homeopathic products. Never start any new medication before speaking to your doctor.
Do not give it to child without the doctor’s prescription. Injectable drugs contain some ingredient that may cause severe effects or even death in the young babies or infants. Also, do not give the older child this drug without directions or prescription from the doctor.