Clindamycin is an antibiotic. Is is used to treat serious respiratory tract, skin, and soft tissue infections. Clindamycin is used to treat infections cause by a class of bacteria called anaerobic bacteria. Clindamycin is sometimes used in place of penicillin-family antibiotics in people allergic to penicillin.
Avoid if there is a history of allergy or hypersensitivity to clindamycin or lincomycin.
While clindamycin treats a wide variety of infections, it has a high number of side effects, and carries a black box warning from the FDA highlighting these dangerous effects. Namely, clindamycin has been associated with Clostridium difficile colitis, a type of severe, and potentially deadly, diarrheal infection. Other potential side effects include, but are not limited to, anaphylaxis, and severe skin reactions including toxic epidermal necrolysis and Stevens-Johnson syndrome.
|Infection||clindamycin 450 mg by mouth every 8 hours for 7 days|
Adult doses are shown, unless otherwise specified. Refer to weight-based dosing guidelines for pediatric patients.
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