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Generic Name: Clindamycin Oral Suspension (klin-da-MYE-sin)
Brand Name: Cleocin Pediatric

Infrequently, there are severe, rarely fatal, intestinal problems that can occur after use of Clindamycin Suspension. Consult your doctor right away if you develop persistent diarrhea, stomach pain, or blood or mucus in your stool. These symptoms may occur weeks after stopping use of Clindamycin Suspension. Do not use anti-diarrhea products or narcotic pain medicines if you have these symptoms. These products may make the symptoms worse. Your doctor will monitor you closely while you are using Clindamycin Suspension.


Clindamycin Suspension is used for:

Treating serious infections caused by certain bacteria.

Clindamycin Suspension is a lincomycin antibiotic. Clindamycin Suspension kills sensitive bacteria by stopping the production of essential proteins needed by the bacteria to survive.

Do NOT use Clindamycin Suspension if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Clindamycin Suspension or to lincomycin
  • you have intestine problems (eg, antibiotic-associated colitis, Crohn disease, ulcerative colitis) or meningitis
  • you are taking erythromycin

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Clindamycin Suspension:

Some medical conditions may interact with Clindamycin Suspension. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have diarrhea, liver disease, or a history of stomach or bowel disease (eg, colitis)
  • if you have been very ill

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Clindamycin Suspension. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Nondepolarizing muscle relaxants (eg, vecuronium) or succinylcholine because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Clindamycin Suspension
  • Erythromycin because it may decrease Clindamycin Suspension's effectiveness

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Clindamycin Suspension may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Clindamycin Suspension:

Use Clindamycin Suspension as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take this medicine by mouth with or without food.
  • Shake well before each use.
  • Take Clindamycin Suspension with a full glass of water (8 oz/240 mL).
  • Clindamycin Suspension works best if it is taken at the same time each day.
  • To clear up your infection completely, take Clindamycin Suspension for the full course of treatment. Keep taking it even if you feel better in a few days.
  • If you miss a dose of Clindamycin Suspension, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Clindamycin Suspension.

Important safety information:

  • Contact your doctor right away if stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools occur. Do not treat diarrhea without first checking with your doctor.
  • Clindamycin Suspension only works against bacteria; it does not treat viral infections (eg, the common cold).
  • Be sure to use Clindamycin Suspension for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The bacteria could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
  • Long-term or repeated use of Clindamycin Suspension may cause a second infection. Tell your doctor if signs of a second infection occur. Your medicine may need to be changed to treat this.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Clindamycin Suspension before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Lab tests, including liver function, kidney function, and complete blood cell counts, may be performed while you use Clindamycin Suspension. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use Clindamycin Suspension with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially diarrhea.
  • Use Clindamycin Suspension with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 10 years old who have diarrhea or an infection of the stomach or bowel.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Clindamycin Suspension while you are pregnant. Clindamycin Suspension is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Clindamycin Suspension, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Clindamycin Suspension:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Mild diarrhea; nausea; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); decreased urination; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; severe or continuing diarrhea; severe stomach cramps/pain; stools or diarrhea with mucus or blood; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual vaginal discharge, itching, or odor; yellowing of skin or eyes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Clindamycin Suspension:

Store Clindamycin Suspension at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not refrigerate. Do not store in the bathroom. Throw away any unused medicine after 2 weeks. Keep Clindamycin Suspension out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Clindamycin Suspension, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Clindamycin Suspension is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Clindamycin Suspension. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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