Clindamycin (Systemic)

(klin da MYE sin)

Brand Names: U.S.

  • Cleocin
  • Cleocin in D5W
  • Cleocin Phosphate

Brand Names: Canada

  • Apo-Clindamycin®
  • Ava-Clindamycin
  • Clindamycin Injection, USP
  • Clindamycine
  • Dalacin™ C
  • Mylan-Clindamycin
  • PMS-Clindamycin
  • Riva-Clindamycin
  • Teva-Clindamycin

What key warnings do I need to know about before giving this drug to my child?

  • This drug may cause very loose stools (diarrhea). Talk with the doctor.

Is it safe for my child to take this drug?

  • Not if your child has an allergy to clindamycin or any other part of this drug.
  • Be sure to let the doctor know if your child has any allergies or side effects to drugs, foods, or dyes. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs your child had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • Not if your child has very loose stools (diarrhea) called pseudomembranous colitis.

Why does my child need this drug?

  • It is used to stop or treat bacterial infections.

How is this drug given?

  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss giving your child doses.
  • Give as you have been told, even if your child is feeling better.
  • Oral:
  • Give this drug with or without food. Give with food if it causes an upset stomach.
  • Give this drug with a full glass of water.
  • Do not let your child lie down for at least 30 minutes after taking this drug. This stops irritation to the swallowing tube (esophagus).
  • Shake solution well before use.
  • There is a liquid (solution) if your child cannot swallow pills.
  • Children who have feeding tubes may also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after this drug is given.
  • Measure liquid doses carefully. Use the measuring device that comes with this drug. If there is none, get an oral syringe, a dropper, a spoon, or a cup (only for older children) from your pharmacist.
  • Shot:
  • It is given as a shot into a muscle or vein.

How long does this drug take to work?

  • Your child may start feeling better a few days after starting this drug.

What do I do if my child misses a dose?

  • Give a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your child's next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child's normal time.
  • Do not give 2 doses or extra doses.

What safety measures do I need to take when my child is using this drug?

  • If your child is allergic to tartrazine, talk with your child's doctor. Some products have tartrazine.
  • Check all drugs your child is taking with your child's doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your child's drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child's doctor.

What are some side effects of this drug?

  • Belly pain.
  • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals and good mouth care may help. Older children may suck hard, sugar-free candy.
  • Loose stools (diarrhea). Yogurt or probiotics may help. You may get these products at health food stores or in some pharmacies.

When do I need to call my child's doctor?

  • If any of this news causes you to be worried, any of the unwanted side effects happen, or if your child is not better after taking this drug.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
  • If your child shows signs of a very bad reaction, call your child's doctor or the ER right away. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or if your child is not acting normal.
  • If your child shows signs of very bad dizziness or passes out.
  • If your child has very loose stools (diarrhea), even after drug is stopped.
  • If your child gets a rash.
  • If your child’s health problem does not get better or if you believe your child’s health problem is worse.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Store liquid (solution) at room temperature. Throw away any part not used after 2 weeks.
  • Follow how to store the shot closely. Talk with the doctor.

General drug facts

  • If your child has a very bad allergy, he/she needs to wear an allergy ID at all times.
  • You may get this drug by drug order only. If there are refills, call your pharmacy. If your child does not have refills left, you may need to call your child's doctor.
  • Do not share your child's drug with others and do not give anyone else's drug to your child.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
  • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Keep a list of all your child's drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child's doctor.
  • These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
  • Talk with the doctor before giving your child any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • If you do not use a drug the right way, it may not be safe. Follow what your child’s doctor tells you.