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By Hans P. Schlecht, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases & HIV Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine ; Christopher Bruno, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of infectious Diseases & HIV Medicine, Drexel University College of Medicine

Clindamycin belongs to a class of antibiotics called lincosamides. Clindamycin is used to treat serious bacterial infections, including some infections that are resistant to other antibiotics.

Clindamycin works by preventing bacteria from producing proteins they need to grow and multiply.


Common Uses

Some Side Effects

Respiratory infections

Lung abscess

*Almost any antibiotic can cause Clostridium difficile–induced diarrhea and inflammation of the colon (colitis), but clindamycin, penicillins, cephalosporins, and fluoroquinolones are the most common causes.

Use of Clindamycin During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Clindamycin should be used during pregnancy only when the benefits of treatment outweigh the risks.

Use of clindamycin during breastfeeding is not recommended.

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