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Clindamycin is a custom pharmacy drug classified in the family of drugs known as lincomycin antibiotics. It is prescribed by physicians for the treatment of bacterial infections within the body such as those that affect the blood, lungs, skin, internal organs, and female reproductive organs.

How to Use Clindamycin

Clindamycin is typically given as a capsule or oral solution. It is taken 3 to 4 times per day, with the length of the course depending on your specific condition. Consult with your compounding pharmacist for questions on dosage and administering. Follow your doctor's specific directions regarding use of this drug. Never take a higher dosage than your doctor has prescribed for you.

Possible Side Effects

Some may experience no side effects at all though side effects are possible and should be watched for during your use of clindamycin. Some of the more commonly seen side effects are as follows:

  • Joint Pain
  • Pain when Swallowing
  • Nausea
  • Burning, Itching, and/or Swelling of the Vagina
  • Vomiting
  • Thick or White Vaginal Discharge
  • Heartburn
  • White Patches inside the Mouth

If any of the above or any other side effects are encountered, monitor your condition and seek medical help if any side effects are worsening or seem to be lingering.

Serious Side Effects:

If you experience any of these serious side effects (partial list) call your doctor immediately:

  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Decreased Urination
  • Yellowing of the Skin
  • Yellowing of the Eyes
  • Blisters
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Difficulty Breathing

WARNING: Clindamycin poses a greater risk for potentially very serious large intestine inflammation than other antibiotics. All patients should consult with their doctor about the risks versus the benefits of using clindamycin before beginning any treatment with the drug.


Check with your doctor for a specific list of any and all possible contraindications. Check with your doctor before using any new drug. Patients with any of the following conditions should not take clindamycin unless they have first consulted with their doctor and he or she has deemed it absolutely necessary, as the use of clindamycin may be contraindicated for these conditions or symptoms:

  • Clostridium Difficile Infection
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Red Blood in Bowel Movement
  • Ulcerated Colon
  • Severe Liver Disease
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diarrhea
  • Severe Renal Impairment
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