Information about Clindamycin

Clindamycin Uses

Clindamycin is used in the treatment of bacterial infections. It is used in infections of the skin such as acne (Pimples), abdomen, bone, skin, heart and soft tissues. It also used in post-operative infections.

How Clindamycin works

Clindamycin is an antibiotic. It works by preventing synthesis of essential proteins required by bacteria to carry out vital functions. Thus, it stops the bacteria from growing, and prevents the infection from spreading.

Common side effects of Clindamycin

Diarrhea, Abnormal liver function tests, Abdominal pain
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Available Medicine for Clindamycin

CLIDBennet Pharmaceuticals Limited
60 to ₹2506 variant(s)
ErytopUSV Ltd
108 to ₹1463 variant(s)
Clindac AAlkem Laboratories Ltd
187 to ₹4295 variant(s)
D AcneGlenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd
135 to ₹4794 variant(s)
DalcinexCipla Ltd
109 to ₹2262 variant(s)
AcneIpca Laboratories Ltd
67 to ₹8505 variant(s)
ZyclinZydus Cadila
1981 variant(s)
ClindatecUnited Biotech Pvt Ltd
102 to ₹1914 variant(s)
ClindatimeMankind Pharma Ltd
72 to ₹1522 variant(s)
AcnesolSystopic Laboratories Pvt Ltd
76 to ₹823 variant(s)

Expert advice for Clindamycin

  • Your doctor has prescribed Clindamycin to cure your infection and improve symptoms.
  • Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Stopping it early may make the infection to come back and harder to treat.
  • Take it with food to avoid an upset stomach.
  • Diarrhea may occur as a side effect but should stop when your course is complete. Inform your doctor if it does not stop or if you find blood in your stools.
  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding before you start treatment with this antibiotic.
  • Stop taking Clindamycin and inform your doctor immediately if you develop an itchy rash, swelling of the face, throat or tongue or breathing difficulties while taking it.

Frequently asked questions for Clindamycin


Q. Can the use of Clindamycin cause diarrhea?

Yes, the use of Clindamycin can cause diarrhea. It is an antibiotic which kills the harmful bacteria. However, it also affects the helpful bacteria in your stomach or intestine and causes diarrhea. If you are experiencing severe diarrhea, talk to your doctor about it.

Q. How long does Clindamycin take to work?

Usually, Clindamycin starts working soon after taking it. However, it may take some days to kill all the harmful bacteria and make you feel better.

Q. What if I don't get better after using Clindamycin?

Inform your doctor if you don't feel better after finishing the full course of treatment. Also, inform him if your symptoms are getting worse while using this medicine.

Q. Can I stop taking Clindamycin when I feel better?

No, do not stop taking Clindamycin and complete the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cured.

Q. Is Clindamycin safe?

Clindamycin is generally safe to use. However, you should take it in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. It may cause some side effects that are temporary and usually resolve on their own. Your doctor will tell you ways to cope up with them.


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