In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02245232 ||APO-CLINDAMYCIN 150MG CAPSULE|
|02245233 ||APO-CLINDAMYCIN 300MG CAPSULE|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Clindamycin belongs to the class of medications called antibiotics. It is used to treat infections caused by certain types of bacteria. It is also used before dental procedures or surgery to prevent infections in people who have heart conditions that put them at greater risk of infection. Clindamycin kills bacteria by interfering with how they function.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
The recommended adult dose of clindamycin is 150 mg to 450 mg every 6 hours, taken orally with a full glass of water with or without food. Prior to surgery or dental procedures, the recommended adult dose is 300 mg taken 1 hour before the procedure and 150 mg 6 hours after the first dose. This medication may cause less stomach upset if taken with food.
Children's doses are based on weight.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is very important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Finish all of this medication, even if you start to feel better. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue on with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue on with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.
This medication is available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms listed here. The forms available for the specific brand you have searched are listed under "What form(s) does this medication come in?"
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each hard gelatin capsule with maroon cap and lavender body, imprinted "APO 150" contains clindamycin base 150 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: stearic acid and talc; capsule shell: D&C Red No. 28, D&C Red No. 33, edible ink (shellac glaze-45% (20% esterified), titanium dioxide, ammonium hydroxide 28%, propylene glycol, and simethicone), FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Red No. 40, FD&C Yellow No. 5, gelatin, and titanium dioxide.
Each hard gelatin capsule with light blue cap and body, imprinted "APO 300" contains clindamycin base 300 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: stearic acid and talc; capsule shell: edible ink (shellac glaze-45% (20% esterified), titanium dioxide, ammonium hydroxide 28%, propylene glycol, and simethicone), FD&C Blue No. 1, gelatin, and titanium dioxide.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Clindamycin should not be taken by anyone who:
- is allergic to clindamycin, lincomycin, or to any of the ingredients of the medication
- is an infant younger than 30 days old