Description and Brand Names

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US Brand Name

  1. Cleocin Phosphate IV

Descriptions


Clindamycin injection is used to treat bacterial infections. This medicine is given to patients who had an allergic reaction to penicillin. Clindamycin injection will not work for colds, flu, or other virus infections.

This medicine is to be given only by or under the direct supervision of your doctor.

This product is available in the following dosage forms:

  • Solution

Before Using

In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:

Allergies

Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.

Pediatric

Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated pediatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of clindamycin injection in children.

Geriatric

Although appropriate studies on the relationship of age to the effects of clindamycin injection have not been performed in the geriatric population, no geriatric-specific problems have been documented to date. However, elderly patients are more likely to have colitis, which may require caution in patients receiving clindamycin injection.

Pregnancy

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Pregnancy Category Explanation
All Trimesters B Animal studies have revealed no evidence of harm to the fetus, however, there are no adequate studies in pregnant women OR animal studies have shown an adverse effect, but adequate studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus.

Breastfeeding

There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.

Drug Interactions

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are receiving this medicine, it is especially important that your healthcare professional know if you are taking any of the medicines listed below. The following interactions have been selected on the basis of their potential significance and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is not recommended. Your doctor may decide not to treat you with this medication or change some of the other medicines you take.

  • Amifampridine

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but may be required in some cases. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

  • Erythromycin

Using this medicine with any of the following medicines may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.

  • Atracurium
  • Metocurine
  • Tubocurarine

Other Interactions

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Other Medical Problems

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

  • Atopic syndrome or
  • Diarrhea or
  • Liver disease, severe or
  • Stomach or bowel problems, history of—Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.

Proper Use

A nurse or other trained health professional will give you or your child this medicine in a hospital. This medicine is given as a shot into a muscle or into a vein.

Your doctor will give you or your child a few doses of this medicine until your condition improves, and then switch you to an oral medicine that works the same way. If you have any concerns about this, talk to your doctor.

Precautions

It is important that your doctor check your or your child's progress after treatment. This is to make sure that the infection is cleared up completely, and to allow your doctor to check for any unwanted effects. Blood tests may be needed to check for unwanted effects.

This medicine may cause diarrhea, and in some cases it can be severe. It may occur 2 months or more after you or your child stop using this medicine. Do not take any medicine to treat diarrhea without first checking with your doctor. If you have any questions or if mild diarrhea continues or gets worse, check with your doctor.

Serious skin reactions can occur with this medicine. Check with your doctor right away if you or your child have blistering, peeling, or loose skin, red skin lesions, severe acne or skin rash, sores or ulcers on the skin, or fever or chills while you or your child are receiving this medicine.

This medicine may cause a serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Call your doctor right away if you have a rash, itching, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing, or any swelling of your hands, face, or mouth while you or your child are receiving this medicine.

Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Rare

  1. Cracks in the skin
  2. loss of heat from the body
  3. red, swollen skin
  4. scaly skin

Incidence not known

  1. Abdominal or stomach cramps, pain, or tenderness
  2. black, tarry stools
  3. bleeding gums
  4. blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
  5. bloating
  6. blood in the urine or stools
  7. blurred vision
  8. chest pain
  9. chills
  10. clay-colored stools
  11. cloudy urine
  12. confusion
  13. cough or hoarseness
  14. dark urine
  15. decrease in the amount of urine
  16. diarrhea
  17. diarrhea, watery and severe, which may also be bloody
  18. difficulty with swallowing
  19. dizziness
  20. dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  21. dry mouth
  22. fast heartbeat
  23. fever with or without chills
  24. general feeling of tiredness or weakness
  25. headache
  26. heart stops
  27. hives or welts, itching, or skin rash
  28. increased thirst
  29. itching of the vagina or genital area
  30. joint or muscle pain
  31. loss of appetite
  32. lower back or side pain
  33. nausea or vomiting
  34. no breathing
  35. no pulse or blood pressure
  36. pain during sexual intercourse
  37. pain in the lower back or side
  38. pain, tenderness, or swelling of the foot or leg
  39. painful or difficult urination
  40. pinpoint red spots on the skin
  41. puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  42. rash
  43. rash with flat lesions or small raised lesions on the skin
  44. red skin lesions, often with a purple center
  45. red, irritated eyes
  46. redness of the skin
  47. shortness of breath
  48. sore throat
  49. sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
  50. swollen glands
  51. thick, white vaginal discharge with no odor or with a mild odor
  52. thirst
  53. tightness in the chest
  54. unconscious
  55. unpleasant breath odor
  56. unusual bleeding or bruising
  57. unusual tiredness or weakness
  58. unusual weight loss
  59. vomiting of blood
  60. yellow eyes or skin

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Incidence not known

  1. Bitter taste
  2. changes in skin color
  3. pain, lump, or irritation at the injection site

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

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