Cleocin Injection

Generic Name: Clindamycin

  • What is Cleocin Injection?

    Cleocin is an antibiotic used to treat certain serious bacterial infections of the respiratory (lung) tract, skin, blood, bone, joint, and abdomen, as well as gynecological infections. It may also be used to treat other bacterial infections, as determined by your doctor. Cleocin can be administered intravenously (through a vein in your arm) or intramuscularly (injected into the muscle).

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

    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.

    Cleocin injection contains benzyl alcohol which can cause a fatal "gasping syndrome" (a sudden shortness of breath associated with a group of signs and symptoms that occur together) in premature infants.

    Serious or severe allergic reactions can occur while taking Cleocin. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience a severe rash or difficulty breathing.

  • Who should not take Cleocin Injection?

    Your doctor will not administer Cleocin if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or lincomycin.

    Your doctor will not administer Cleocin to treat viral infections, such as the common cold.

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

    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: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you based on the severity of your infection.

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

  • How should I take Cleocin Injection?

    Your doctor will administer Cleocin for you.

  • What should I avoid while taking Cleocin Injection?

    Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.

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

    If Cleocin is administered 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 Injection?

    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), low blood pressure, nausea, rash, vomiting

  • Can I receive Cleocin Injection 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 you receive it 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 Injection?

    Cleocin should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Cleocin Injection?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.