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Last updated on 06/07/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Clindamycin


BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Kolincin 可立信, T3 Mycin 細美清, Dalacin T 特麗仙

DRUG CLASS: Antibiotics

SUB CLASS: Macrolide

USED FOR: Acne, skin and soft tissue infections, vaginal infections, respiratory tract infections

– 1% (topical solution)
– 1% (gel)
– 1% (lotion)
– 150 mg/ml; 300 mg/2ml (injections)

What is Clindamycin for?

Clindamycin belongs to a class of medications called macrolide antibiotics. It kills bacteria by interrupting protein synthesis in bacteria. It is used to treat various bacterial infections, including skin, blood, lungs and vaginal infections. Clindamycin does not work for virus or fungus infections.

How to use it?

Clindamycin is available as a solution, a gel and a lotion which may be applied topically on the affected area. Wash your hands before and after applying this medication.

Clindamycin may also be taken orally as a capsule. Swallow the whole capsule with a full glass of water in an upright position. It may be taken with or without food.

Acne vulgaris
Lotion/solution: Apply a thin film to the affected area twice daily for 6-8 weeks.
Gel: Apply to the affected area once daily for 6-8 weeks.

Treatment of bacterial vaginosis
Topical: Apply intravaginally at bedtime for 3-7 consecutive days.

What are the side effects of Clindamycin?

Common side effects of Clindamycin include allergic skin reactions, abdominal pain, and antibiotic associated colitis.

Who should not take Clindamycin?

– People allergic to Clindamycin or any component of the formulation.
– People with a history of irritable bowel disease or ulcerative colitis.

Pharmacist Tips:

– Since Clindamycin is indicated for infection, remember to clean your hands before applying topical products.
– You must complete the entire course of this antibiotic, or else, the infection will not be properly controlled.
– Report to your doctor immediately if you experience severe diarrhoea when you use this medication.
– Take capsules with a full glass of water to avoid esophageal irritation.

Common dosing schedule:
Your doctor will advise you on the frequency of application depending on your condition.

Some common medications Clindamycin may interact with:

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Clindamycin in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Clindamycin is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health. 

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Clindamycin in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.