Cleocin is a lincomycin antibiotic. Clindamycin kills sensitive bacteria; it stops the production of essential proteins needed by the bacteria to survive. Cleocin Cream is used for vaginal treatment only.
Use Cleocin as by your doctor’s advice.
- Cleocin is taken orally with or without food.
- Clindamycin is taken with a full glass of water (8 oz/240 mL).
- Take Cleocin at the same time each day it will work better.
- It is necessary to take Clindamycin for the full course of treatment to clear up your infection completely. Keep taking it even if you feel better in a few days.
Consult with your health care provider any questions about using Cleocin.
- Before and after using Cleocin Cream you should wash your hands. If you want to use, you should remove the cap from the tube. Screw the plastic applicator on the threaded end of the tube. Roll the tube from the bottom, squeeze gently and force the medicine into the applicator. When the plunger reaches its predetermined stopping point the applicator is filled.
- Don't screw the applicator from the tube and replace the cap. Lie on your back, firmly grasp the applicator barrel and insert into the vagina as far as it is possible without causing discomfort. Push the plunger very slowly until it stops. Remove carefully the applicator from the vagina and throw it away.
- Cleocin Cream should be used at bedtime. It will keep the medicine in the vagina and reduce leaking.
- Use Cleocin Cream for the full course of treatment, to clear up your infection completely. Even if you feel better keep using it in a few days.
Contact your health care provider if you have any questions about how to use Cleocin Cream.
If a dose of Cleocin is missed, use it as soon as possible. Or skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. You must not use 2 doses at once.
Cleocin should be stored at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C) in a tightly closed container. Temperatures of 59 to 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) are permitted at brief periods. Do not expose to heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Cleocin must be kept out of the reach of children and away from pets.
Cleocin Safety information
Cleocin must not be used if you have:
- allergy to any ingredient in Clindamycin or to lincomycin;
- antibiotic-associated colitis, Crohn disease, ulcerative colitis, or meningitis.
Consult with your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Please read and remember:
- If you experience stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, bloody stools occur contact your doctor right away. Do not treat diarrhea without consulting with your doctor.
- Cleocin is working against bacteria; it isn’t treating viral infections (eg, the common cold).
- Clindamycin may cause a second infection if use it for a long time or repeat to use it. If you feel signs of a second infection, tell your doctor. Your medicine should be changed.
- Use Cleocin for the full course of treatment. The medicine may not clear up your infection completely if you don’t have the full course. The infection could be harder to treat in the future and the bacteria could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines.
- This product may contain tartrazine dye. An allergic reaction may be caused in some patients. Ask your pharmacist if your product has tartrazine in it, if you have ever had an allergic reaction to tartrazine,.
- Check with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse.
- While you are using Cleocin Lab tests, including liver function, kidney function, and complete blood cell counts may be performed. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Use Clindamycin caution in elderly patients; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- Cleocin is not used in children; safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
- If you are or planning to become pregnant or breast-feeding please discuss the benefits and risks of using Cleocin with your doctort. Cleocin is found in breast milk.
- Clindamycin is used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. It should not be shared with other people.
Cleocin Side Effects
If any of these most common side effects bother you, consult with you doctor:
- Infrequent urination; nausea; mild diarrhea or vomiting.
If any of these severe side effects occur seek medical attention right away:
- Harsh allergic reactions (rash; itching; hives; difficulty breathing or tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips);
- severe stomach pain or cramps;
- continuing diarrhea with or without mucus or blood;
- yellowing of skin or eyes.