Generic Name: Clindamycin

  • What is Cleocin?

    Cleocin is an antibiotic used to treat certain serious bacterial infections of the respiratory (lung) tract, skin, blood, abdomen, pelvis, or genital tract. It may also be used to treat other bacterial infections, as determined by your doctor. Cleocin is available in capsules or granules for oral solution.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Cleocin?

    Cleocin can cause diarrhea or colitis (inflammation of the colon). This can happen a couple of months after receiving the last dose of Cleocin. Tell your doctor immediately if you have diarrhea or colitis.

    Take Cleocin as prescribed by your doctor for the full course of treatment, even if symptoms improve earlier. Do not skip doses. Skipping doses or not completing the full course of Cleocin can decrease its effectiveness, and can lead to growth of bacteria that are resistant to the effects of Cleocin.

  • Who should not take Cleocin?

    Do not take Cleocin if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or lincomycin.

    Do not take Cleocin to treat viral infections, such as the common cold.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Cleocin?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Cleocin. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have any allergies, liver or kidney disease, gastrointestinal (stomach and intestines) disease, or colitis.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.


    Adults: The recommended dose for serious infections is 150-300 milligrams (mg) every 6 hours. The recommended dose for more severe infections is 300-450 mg every 6 hours. Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for you based on the severity of your infection.

    Children: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for your child, based on their weight and the severity of their infection.

    Granules for Oral Solution

    Children: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for your child, based on their weight and the severity of their infection.

  • How should I take Cleocin?

    Take Cleocin exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Take Cleocin with a full glass of water to avoid the possibility of esophageal irritation.

  • What should I avoid while taking Cleocin?

    Do not skip or miss any scheduled doses.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Cleocin?

    If Cleocin is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Cleocin with erythromycin.

  • What are the possible side effects of Cleocin?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: abdominal pain, colitis, diarrhea, inflammation of your skin, itchiness, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes), nausea, rash, vomiting

  • Can I receive Cleocin if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Cleocin during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Cleocin can be found in your breast milk if taken during breastfeeding. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Cleocin?

    If you miss a dose of Cleocin, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Cleocin?

    Store at room temperature. Do not refrigerate the oral solution.