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.
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.
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.
Common side effects of Clindamycin include allergic skin reactions, abdominal pain, and antibiotic-associated colitis.
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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 https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk
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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.