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Clindamycin

By

Brian J. Werth

, PharmD, University of Washington School of Pharmacy

Last full review/revision Jun 2022| Content last modified Jun 2022
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Clindamycin belongs to a class of antibiotics Overview of Antibiotics Antibiotics are drugs used to treat bacterial infections. They are not effective against viral infections and most other infections. Antibiotics either kill bacteria or stop them from reproducing... read more 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.

Use of Clindamycin During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Drugs Mentioned In This Article

Generic Name Select Brand Names
CLEOCIN
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