Clindamycin (Trade Name: Dalacin) is a lincosamide antibiotic used to treat infections due to susceptible bacteria, including infections of the lungs, skin, blood, female reproductive organs, and internal organs. It works to slow or stop the spread of bacteria.
In combination with Benzoyl peroxide, Clindamycin can also be used to treat Acne. The combination has been shown to be more effective than using one of the drugs alone. The combination can be prescribed or purchased over the counter.
Moreover, it has been useful to treat skin and soft tissue infections, respiratory tract infections, bone and joint infections, pelvic infections, intra-abdominal infections, Septicaemia and endocarditis, Dental infections, and multi-drug resistant Plasmodium falciparum (malaria) infection.
Clindamycin can be used topically, orally or intravenously. It is usually taken three to four times a day. The length of your treatment depends on the type of infection you have. Take Clindamycin at around the same times every day. If you take the capsule, it should be taken with a full glass of water. If you take the liquid, it should be shaken well before use.
Clindamycin is generally well tolerated, though side effects may include diarrhea, pseudomembranous colitis, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain or cramps, rash, or itch. High doses may cause a metallic taste, and topical application may cause contact dermatitis. Stay elevated for at least half an hour after dosing to avoid diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and heartburn.
Notes of Precaution
* If you are pregnant or plan on being pregnant, notify your doctor. Safety during pregnancy has not been determined, and there are reports to suggest that Clindamycin may appear in breast milk.
* Notify your doctor if you are allergic to Clindamycin, lincomycin, or any other medications.
* Clindamycin should be stored at room temperature.