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Lincomycin is used in treatment of bacterial infections.

How it works

Lincomycin belongs to the class of antibiotics known as lincosamides. It acts by stopping the growth of the bacteria.

Common side effects

Nausea, Skin rash, Itching, Rectal itching, Ringing in ear, Dizziness, Tongue swelling, Tongue pain, Vaginal itching, Vaginal discharge, Vertigo, Vomiting


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Expert advice

  • Tell your doctor if you have or had asthma, gastrointestinal problems, liver or kidney disease.
  • Stop taking lincomycin immediately and seek medical advice if you experience diarrhea that is watery or bloody.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you develop allergic reactions: rashes, difficulty in breathing, swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Do not stop taking lincomycin even if you feel better, as skipping dose may increase the risk of further bacterial infections that are resistant to antibiotics.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is lincomycin a Macrolide? 
No, Lincomycin is not a macrolide, it belongs to lincosamide class.
Q. Is lincomycin an antibiotic?
Yes, Lincomycin is an antibiotic.
Q. Is lincomycin an aminoglycoside?
No, Lincomycin is not an aminoglycoside, it belongs to lincosamide class.
Q. What does lincomycin treat/ cure?
Lincomycin is used to treat infections caused by bacteria.
Q. How is lincomycin supplied?
Lincomycin is supplies as injectable solution, compounding powder or capsule.
Q. Where does lincomycin come from?
Lincomycin is derived from actinomyces Streptomyces lincolnensis (a species of bacteria).

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)