Cleocin (Generic Clindamycin Injection)
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Clindamycin is one of many medications that can lead to an overgrowth of harmful bacteria in the large intestine. This may result in minor diarrhoea or the potentially fatal disease colitis (inflammation of the large intestine). Clindamycin should only be used to treat severe infections that cannot be treated by other antibiotics since it is more likely to produce this sort of infection than many other antibiotics. If you have colitis or any other disorders that affect your stomach or intestine, let your doctor know.
These issues could arise while you are receiving treatment or even months after it has completed. If you suffer any of the following symptoms while receiving therapy with clindamycin injection or within the first few months following the completion of your treatment, contact your doctor right away: red or watery stools, diarrhoea, pains in your stomach, or fever.
Discuss the dangers of obtaining a clindamycin injection with your doctor.
Why is this medication prescribed?
Certain bacterial infections, such as those of the lungs, skin, blood, bones, joints, female reproductive organs, and internal organs, are treated with clindamycin injection. Clindamycin belongs to the group of drugs known as lincomycin antibiotics. It stops or slows down bacterial growth, which is how it functions.
Colds, the flu, or other viral infections will not be treated by antibiotics like clindamycin. Antibiotic overuse raises the likelihood that you’ll get an infection later on that is resistant to antibiotic therapy.
How should this medicine be used?
Clindamycin injection is a liquid that can be administered intramuscularly or intravenously over a period of 10 to 40 minutes (into a muscle). Usually, it is administered two to four times a day. The sort of illness you have and how well you respond to the medication will determine how long your treatment will last.
Clindamycin injection can be delivered to you in a hospital or you can get the medicine to use at home. It is crucial that you take the medication exactly as prescribed if you are instructed to use clindamycin injection at home. Use the injection of clindamycin at roughly the same times each day. Ask your physician, pharmacist, or nurse for clarification if you have any questions and carefully follow the instructions provided. Use it only as directed by your doctor, neither more nor less often.
During the first several days of clindamycin injectable therapy, you should start to feel better. Call your doctor if your symptoms do not disappear or worsen.
Even if you feel better, keep taking the clindamycin injection until the prescription is finished. Your illness might not be entirely treated if you stop using clindamycin injection too soon or skip doses, and the bacteria might develop an antibiotic resistance.
Other uses for this medicine
Injections of clindamycin are also occasionally used to treat certain types of surgery-related infections and to treat malaria, a dangerous illness that is carried by mosquitoes in various regions of the world. Moreover, anthrax, a dangerous infection that could be transmitted as part of a bioterrorist strike, and toxoplasmosis are occasionally treated with clindamycin injection (an infection that may cause serious problems in people who do not have healthy immune systems and in unborn babies whose mothers are infected). Some pregnant women also take clindamycin injection to avoid infecting the unborn child during delivery.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before using clindamycin injection,
- If you have any allergies, including to clindamycin, lincomycin (Lincocin), other medicines, or any of the substances in clindamycin injection, notify your doctor right away. Get a list of the components from your pharmacist.
- Inform your doctor and pharmacist about any additional prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products you are now taking or intend to use. Be sure to include rifampin (Rifadin, in Rifamate, in Rifater, Rimactane), erythromycin (E.E.S., E-Mycin, Erythrocin), indinavir (Crixivan), itraconazole (Sporanox), ketoconazole (Nizoral), nefazodone, nelfinavir (Viracept), and ritona (Norvir, in Kaletra). Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects. Tell your doctor about all of your current medications, even any not on this list, since many other drugs may also interact with clindamycin.
- Inform your doctor if you have or have ever had liver or kidney illness, eczema (sensitive skin that frequently gets itchy and inflamed), allergies, asthma, or any other medical conditions.
- If you are breastfeeding a child or intend to become pregnant, let your doctor know. Call your doctor if you get pregnant while taking clindamycin injection.
- Inform the surgeon or dentist that you are using clindamycin injection if you are having surgery, including dental surgery.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
The missed dose should be taken as soon as you remember. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
The injection of clindamycin could have adverse effects. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:
- Soft, uncomfortable lump or hardness may appear where clindamycin was injected
- Metallic or unpleasant aftertaste
- Joints hurt
- Mouth with white spots
- Thick, white vaginal spotting
- Vaginal swelling, burning, and itching
There are several negative effects that can be very harmful. Call your doctor right away or seek emergency medical attention if you develop any of these signs or those in the IMPORTANT CAUTION section:
- Blistered or flaking skin
- Breathing or swallowing challenges
- Edoema of the hands, feet, ankles, lower legs, cheeks, neck, tongue, lips, and eyes
- Eyes or skin that have a yellow tint
- Less urinations
Further negative effects from clindamycin injection are possible. If you experience any strange issues while taking this drug, call your doctor right away.
You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).
In case of emergency/overdose
Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Moreover, information can be found online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your appointments with your physician and the lab. To monitor how your body is responding to the clindamycin injection, your doctor may request specific lab tests.
Do not share your medication with anybody else. Once using the clindamycin injection is finished, if you continue to have signs of infection, contact your doctor.
You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.