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Clindamycin

By

Brian J. Werth

, PharmD, University of Washington School of Pharmacy

Last full review/revision Jul 2020| Content last modified Jul 2020
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Clindamycin belongs to a class of antibiotics Overview of Antibiotics Antibiotics are drugs used to treat bacterial infections. They are ineffective against viral infections and most other infections. Antibiotics either kill microorganisms 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.

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