Clindamycin, a type of antibiotic, is a generic medication that is used to treat infections caused by certain types of bacteria. It may also be prescribed to patients who will be undergoing dental or surgical procedures to prevent infections.
Clindamycin may have been prescribed to treat an existing bacterial infection because other antibiotics were not effective or if there was an allergy to other antibiotics such as penicillin. Clindamycin may also be prescribed to prevent serious bacterial infections before dental, oral or upper respiratory tract surgery.
Infections are caused by bacteria such as staphylococci and pneumococci. Clindamycin works by interfering with the protein synthesis in bacteria, thereby killing the bacteria and treating the infection.
Take one capsule every six hours and follow your doctor’s instructions. These capsules are to be taken orally, with a full glass of water to avoid throat irritation. The capsules can be taken with or without food.
These may not be all the side effects of Clindamycin.
Do not use Clindamycin if you are allergic to the active ingredient or any of the non-medicinal components.
Discuss your medical history with your doctor especially if you have a history of intestinal disorder such as colitis, or if you have problems with your kidneys or liver.
Keep in a safe place out of the reach and sight of children. Store this medication at room temperature (15°C to 30°C), away from heat and direct light. Do not store in the fridge or freezer. Do not store in the bathroom as moisture and heat can cause damage.