Clindamycin

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GENERIC NAME:

CLINDAMYCIN (klin-da-MYE-sin)

COMMON USES:

This medicine is a lincomycin antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections.

BEFORE USING THIS MEDICINE:

WARNING: This medicine should be used only for serious infections because infrequently there are severe, rarely fatal, intestinal problems (pseudomembranous colitis) that can occur. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain, or blood/mucous in your stool. Your doctor will decide if you require other treatment. These symptoms may occur weeks after stopping use of this drug. Do not use anti-diarrhea products or narcotic pain medicines if you have these symptoms. These products may make the symptoms worse. Your doctor will monitor you closely while you are using this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions including colon conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS:

SIDE EFFECTS, that may go away during treatment, include pain, or irritation at the injection site. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience swelling of hands, face, lips, eyes, throat, or tongue; difficulty swallowing or breathing; severe or continuing diarrhea; diarrhea with mucous or blood; abdominal pain; or skin rash. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.