Clindamycin (Injection)

Introduction

Clindamycin (klin-da-MYE-sin)

Treats infections. This medicine is an antibiotic.

Brand Name(s)

Cleocin Phosphate, PremierPro Rx Cleocin Phosphate

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

How to Use This Medicine

Injectable

  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot into a muscle or through a needle placed in one of your veins.
  • This medicine should be given by a person trained to give IV or IM medicine, such as a nurse. You, a family member, or friend may be taught to give your medicine.
  • If you are receiving IV medicine, check the bag to make sure there are no leaks. Also make sure the solution is clear. Do not use the solution if you see particles in it.
  • Missed dose: You must use this medicine on a fixed schedule. Call your doctor or pharmacist if you miss a dose.
  • If you store this medicine at home, keep it in the refrigerator. Do not freeze. Take it out of the refrigerator an hour before the time for your next dose and allow it to warm to room temperature in a clean, dry place.
  • Throw away used needles in a hard, closed container that the needles cannot poke through. Keep this container away from children and pets.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Tell your doctor if you are taking erythromycin.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or you have a history of colitis or bowel disease.
  • This medicine can cause diarrhea. Call your doctor if the diarrhea becomes severe, does not stop, or is bloody. Do not take any medicine to stop diarrhea until you have talked to your doctor. Diarrhea can occur 2 months or more after you stop taking this medicine.
  • Talk to your doctor if your infection does not improve or gets worse while you are receiving this medicine.
  • You may have a bitter taste in your mouth if you are receiving IV clindamycin. This is normal.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Blistering, peeling, red skin rash
  • Severe diarrhea (watery or bloody)
  • Swelling, pain, or redness near where your IV is located

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Mild diarrhea or nausea
  • Pain where the IM shot was given

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Version Info

  • Last reviewed on 8/4/2014

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