Cleocin is an antibiotic of the lincosamides class. Due to efficiency, low toxicity and the absence of severe adverse reactions, Cleocin is widely used to prevent or treat people with bacterial infections.
All dosage forms of Cleocin contain the active substance Clindamycin. It is a chloro-derivative of Lincomycin – the first drug in the class of lincosamides antibiotics.
Cleocin is not the only Clindamycin-containing drug that is used in medicine. A variety of generic versions of this antibiotic are available on the pharmaceutical market. The price for generic drugs is often much lower, than the price of Cleocin is.
Popular generic names of Cleocin are:
Cleocin and its generic versions have the same antimicrobial activity and are prescribed in identical indications. Depending on the dosage form, the indications for antibiotic use will differ.
When Cleocin is used orally or by injection, the antibiotic enters the systemic circulation and penetrates quickly in infected tissues and organs. Therefore, these forms of the antibiotic are used to treat a large number of infections (including gynecological, dermatological, bone, dental, respiratory, intra-abdominal).
Specific indications for the use of Cleocin capsules (75mg, 150mg, 300mg), solution (75mg/5ml), and injection (150 mg/ml) are:
- Scarlet fever
- Septic arthritis
- Pelvic cellulitis
Cleocin is a prescription anti-bacterial agent. It is prescribed by the doctor, depending on the type of pathogen and the infection localization. The doctor will tell you where to buy Cleocin, how to use this antibiotic and how many doses to take every day.
Cleocin dose for children is determined based on the body weight. Dosage range – 8 to 20 mg/kg/day, divided into 3-4 equal doses.
Cleocin solution for injections 150 mg base/ml is generally used when oral antibiotic therapy is not effective or causes side effects. The size of the injectable daily doses is comparable to the oral doses.
Injections should be done 2, 3 or 4 times a day at approximately equal intervals. A dose of not more than 600mg Cleocin should be used at a time.
If you bought 2% Cleocin cream or 100 mg suppository for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis, carefully read the leaflet in the package. The duration of the antibacterial treatment may differ depending on the form of the antibiotic.
Recommended dosing schedule:
- One 100mg Cleocin suppository before bedtime – for 3 days.
- 5 grams of Cleocin cream before going to bed – for 3 or 7 days.
Gel, lotion, swab and 1% Cleocin solution are used to treat acne. Although these forms of the antibiotic are used only topically and rarely cause side effects, carefully follow the instructions. Do not stop treatment, even if the acne symptoms disappear in a few days.
Never use excessive doses of Cleocin to make up for the dose that you missed or forgot to take. This will allow continuing antibiotic treatment and minimize the risks of side effects.
When purchasing Cleocin in an online or in a local pharmacy, you get a reliable and time-tested antibiotic. However, along with the positive antimicrobial effects, Cleocin may cause some side effects, as well. They can be serious and severe, yet most of them are mild and moderate. These can be:
- Stomach cramps
- Pseudomembranous colitis
- Loss of appetite
- Discomfort in the stomach
- Pain in the joints
Most of these reactions occur at the beginning of the treatment and go away with time. Such side effects of Cleocin, like pseudomembranous colitis can manifest both during and after treatment.
If side effects become bothersome, consult a doctor. In case of serious side effects, stop using Cleocin.
Do not take Cleocin without first consulting your doctor. Cleocin is effective for the treatment of bacterial infections, yet there can be one or more medical reasons, because of which antibiotic will not work for you. Before you buy Cleocin, make sure that you can use this antibiotic.
Never use Cleocin if you have hypersensitivity to:
Clindamycin active substance
Medications from the lincosamides group
Do not use Cleocin with any other drugs, especially with neuromuscular blocking agents (NBA) without first consulting your doctor. NBA-therapy is not a contraindication to Cleocin use, yet concomitant use of these medications requires caution.
Antibiotics should not be used to treat colds, flu or any other viral infections. Cleocin is active against bacterial pathogens, including:
Clinical experience shows that Cleocin is highly effective in treating various types of bacterial infections, including severe ones. If the doctor comes to the conclusion that the use of Cleocin is required, this antibiotic will help cure the infection and restore health.