Cleocin HCI (Clindamycin Hydrochloride)

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General Information

Cleocin HCI (Clindamycin Hydrochloride) is used in the treatment of serious infections that are caused by susceptible anaerobic bacteria.

This medication should only be used to treat or prevent infections that are proven to be caused by susceptible bacteria. The misuse or unnecessary use of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.

How does Cleocin HCI (Clindamycin Hydrochloride) work?

Cleocin HCI (Clindamycin Hydrochloride) belongs to a group of medications known as lincomycin or lincosamide antibiotics. This treatment works by preventing the bacteria from making the protein they need to reproduce. This also prevents the spread of infection in your body.

Why use Cleocin HCI (Clindamycin Hydrochloride)?

Cleocin HCI (Clindamycin Hydrochloride) is an antibiotic. This is effective against several types of bacteria like:

  • Streptococcus pneumonia
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Propionibacterium acnes
  • Staphylococcus epidermidis

Cleocin HCI contains Clindamycin Hydrochloride which is a semisynthetic antibiotic. It is hydrated hydrochloride salt of clindamycin. Each capsule has 75mg, 150mg, or 300mg of clindamycin hydrochloride. This medication was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the year 1970.

How to use Cleocin HCI (Clindamycin Hydrochloride)?

The dosage is based on your condition and response. In children, the dose is also based on weight.

Cleocin HCI (Clindamycin Hydrochloride) is usually taken 4 times a day every 6 hours. Take this by mouth with a full glass of water. You may take the medicine with or without food. After taking it, do not lie down for at least 10 minutes. For the best effect, use this regularly or as exactly as directed by your doctor. To avoid some complication, do not double the prescribed dosage.

What are the side-effects of Cleocin HCI (Clindamycin Hydrochloride)?

  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Vaginal itching or discharge
  • Heartburn
  • Changes in bowel habits especially in older adults
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Joint pain
  • Skin rash or itching
  • Sore throat

Inform your doctor if these serious side effects happen:

  • Jaundice or yellowing of eyes/skin
  • Dark urine
  • Changes in the amount of urine

Call for medical help if there is an allergic reaction and overdose occurs.

Warnings and Precautions

  • Inform your doctor if you have any medical history, current treatments, or any allergies.
  • If you are breastfeeding, pregnant or planning to get pregnant, consult your doctor first before taking this drug.
  • You should not share this with others even if they have the same symptoms as yours.
  • While using this medication, do not have any vaccinations/immunizations.