In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|00030570 ||DALACIN C 150MG CAPSULE|
|02182866 ||DALACIN C 300MG CAPSULE|
|00260436 ||DALACIN C 150 MG / ML INJECTION SOLUTION|
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 preventing the growth of the bacteria, so they cannot reproduce.
This medication may be 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 or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. 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.
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How should I use this medication?
The recommended adult dose of clindamycin is 150 mg to 450 mg every 6 hours, swallowed whole, with a full glass of water.
The dose of clindamycin for children is based on body weight. The recommended dose is 2 mg to 5 mg per kilogram of body weight taken every 6 hours.
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.
When given intravenously (into a vein), the recommended dose is 600 mg to 900 mg every 6 – 8 hours.
If you have been prescribed the suspension (liquid) form of clindamycin, use an oral syringe to measure each dose, as it gives a more accurate measurement than household teaspoons.
Although you can take clindamycin with food or on an empty stomach, it may cause less stomach upset if taken with food.
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 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 with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue 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 all forms of this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.
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, branded "Upjohn 225", contains clindamycin HCl hydrate equivalent to 150 mg of clindamycin base. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cornstarch, lactose, magnesium stearate, and talc. Gluten-free.
Each hard gelatin capsule with light blue cap and body, branded "Upjohn 395", contains clindamycin HCl hydrate equivalent to 300 mg of clindamycin base. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cornstarch, lactose, magnesium stearate, and talc. Gluten-free.
Each mL of undiluted, sterile, solution for injection contains clindamycin phosphate, equivalent to 150 mg of clindamycin base. Nonmedicinal ingredients: benzyl alcohol, disodium edetate, water for injection, and sodium hydroxide and/or hydrochloric acid to maintain pH.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take this medication if you are allergic to clindamycin, lincomycin, or to any of the ingredients of the medication. Do not give this medication to infants under 1 month of age.