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What is Cleocin (Clindamycin) prescribed for?
Bacterial infections are in many ways, much like viral infections. Both are caused bu microbes, and spreads by things such as; coughing and sneezing, contact with infected people, contact with contaminated surfaces, food and water, and contact with infected creatures which includes pets.
Most bacteria are harmless, and some actually help by digesting food, destroying disease causing microbes, fights cancer cells and provides essential nutrients. It is fewer than %1 that causes disease in humans.
Clindamycin, the active ingredient in Cleocin, is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. It is antibiotic that works by stopping the growth of bacteria. Keep in mind that this medication will not work on any virus infections, such as the common cold and the flu.
This medication is normally taken by mouth, with or without food. About 5 times a day (every 6 hours), or as directed by your doctor. You may take it with a full glass of water as well. Do not lie down for at least 10 minutes after you have taken this medication.
This medication is based on your age, condition and your response to the treatment. Do not increase your dose or take this medication longer then what has been prescribed. Do not take this medication more for what is recommended of your age.
Before taking clindamycin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to lincomycin; or if you have any other allergies.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: liver disease, kidney disease, stomach/intestinal diseases (e.g., colitis, Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea), allergic conditions (e.g., asthma, hay fever, eczema).
Clindamycin may cause live bacterial vaccines (such as typhoid vaccine) to not work as well. Do not have any immunizations/vaccinations while using this medication unless your doctor tells you to.
Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: heartburn, joint pain/swelling, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine.
Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in oral thrush or a new vaginal yeast infection. Contact your doctor if you notice white patches in your mouth, a change in vaginal discharge, or other new symptoms.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: fever that doesn't go away, new or worsening lymph node swelling, rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
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