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Clindamycin (Definition)

Part of the lincoside family . It has good gram positive an anaerobic coverage, but its association with the development of clostridium difficile infection has limited its use. It is used in certain drug allergy situations where staph, strep, pneumococcal, and anaerobic organisms. Its use in MRSA infections is spotty. It is a bacteriostatic drug that works ...Read more


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Is Benzoyl peroxide 5% / clindamycin 1% gel available over the counter or is it a prescription only medication?

Is Benzoyl peroxide 5% / clindamycin 1% gel available over the counter or is it a prescription only medication?

By prescription: Benzoyl peroxide acne medications are over-the-counter, but there are also some that are by prescription. When the antibiotic clindamycin is added, the medication is by prescription only. ...Read more

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What is the closest equivalent to clidamycin phosphate foam 1% that is over the counter! Please help asap!

What is the closest equivalent to clidamycin phosphate foam 1% that is over the counter! Please help asap!

Sorry, nothing: There are no over the counter treatments similar to clindamycin. If it is too expensive, contact hte doctor who prescribed the clindamycin and discuss other options. This prescription suggests you might have bacterial vaginosis, right? BV is usually treated with metronidazole by mouth, which is inexpensive. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I take Mucinex (guaifenesin) for sinusitis? If not is there any other over-the-counter medicine alternative to clindomycin?

Can I take Mucinex (guaifenesin) for sinusitis? If not is there any other over-the-counter medicine alternative to clindomycin?

They're different.: Clindamycin is an antibiotic that is not commonly used for initial treatment of sinusitis. Mucinex (guaifenesin) is a medication that may help you because it loosens thick mucus. Also, try a decongestant like pseudoephedrine (e.g., Sudafed) and saline sinus rinses for best results. It is not recommended to start antibiotics for sinusitis unless not improving after 7 days. ...Read more

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Is there a non-presciption equivalent to clindamycin that can be purchased OTC??

No: Assuming you live in the US the answer is no. Clindamycin is an antibiotic and no antibiotics are available over the counter. Its very pricey at some pharmacies, but shop around at places like costco (I have no stock in costco) who offer cheap rxs WITHOUT membership. ...Read more

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I need an OTC alternative to Clindamycin Phosphate Topical Pledget 1%?

Not much available: Clindamycin is a topical antibiotic. Only benzoyl peroxide is available over the counter with antibacterial properties. You can try that but if it's not working I would see your doctor to get another prescirption ...Read more

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My husband has clindamycin 300 for a tooth in fection i have an uti can I use his tablets to get rid of the uti is there anything I can take otc ?

Clinda won't work: Clindamycin is not active against most of the bacteria that cause UTIs, and there are no safe and effective over-the-counter or natural treatments. (Some OTC "azo" products may help symptoms but don't treat the infection.) You definitely need professional care. Don't screw around with this; see your doctor soon to confirm the diagnosis and get proper treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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Where can you buy cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) 2% vaginal cream?

Requires script: Cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) is a medical cream containing the antibiotic clindamycin. It requires a physician's perscription. Any pharmacy should be able to fill it, including online pharmacies. ...Read more

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Good OTC meds or home remedies to help toothache? Other dentist Rxed clindamycin until I can see reg dentist for root canal Mon, but need pain relief.

Good OTC meds or home remedies to help toothache? Other dentist Rxed clindamycin until I can see reg dentist for root canal Mon, but need pain relief.

Seek alternate DDS: Call a different dentist if your dentist is unable to see you, that way you will be taken out of pain. In addition, most dentists offer emergency appointments. ...Read more

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Can OTC benzoyl peroxide topicals be used while using prescription clindamycin and tretinoin or should BP be discontinued while using the prescription stuff?

Ok to use all: It's ok to use all of these medications. They may dry out your skin so use appropriate gentle exfoliation and a non comedogenic moisturizer. ...Read more

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Is it ok to continue taking metformin even if I don't have polycystic ovaries anymore? Is it true it counters the effect of OTC pills (weight gain)

Is it ok to continue taking metformin even if I don't have polycystic ovaries anymore? Is it true it counters the effect of OTC pills (weight gain)

Yes: If you have Insulin resistance or even diabetes metformin is fine to take. Some people have lost weight on metformin, perhaps due to GI side effects. I haven't heard that it can interfere with diet pills but those can be dangerous on their own. ...Read more

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Will clindamycin topical will remove blemishes?

Yes & no: Topical Clindamycin is used for Acne. Most of the time it will help Acne, if that is what you meant by Blemish. But it does not take away the dark spots. ...Read more

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Is oral clindamycin stronger than topical clindamycin? If so how?

Acne or anaerobic?: Topical clindamycin decrease inflammatory acne lesions better than oral tetracycline. However, to treat anaerobic infections or certain serious bacterial infections, parenteral or oral is recommended. ...Read more

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Is apo clindamycin safe?

Is apo clindamycin safe?

Yes, but...: Clindamycin is safe, but there are always some patients who get a few side effects or allergic reactions to their medications. More importantly is how the Clindamycin is used, how much, for how long, and for what reason. In pediatrics, Clindamycin is usually prescribed as a gel for teen acne. ...Read more

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Can you take clindamycin with orlistat?

Can you take clindamycin with orlistat?

Yes: Orlistat works by inhibiting the secretion of the gastric and pancreatic enzymes that help you to absorb fat. This shouldn't affect your ability to absorb clindamycin. There is no interaction between the two drugs. Make sure you doctor knows that you're taking both. ...Read more

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Clindamycin side effects last how long?

Clindamycin side effects last how long?

Sometimes a while: Clindamycin was the first antimicrobial to be linked to pseudo membranous enterocolitis, a potential serious and even life threatening infection due to clostridium difficile. If diarrhea continues especially with a kind of mousy/musty odor, seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Can you drink if you are on clindamycin?

Drinking: Yes, but it will lower the efficey of the clindamyacin. ...Read more

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Can clindamycin be used to treat chlamidia?

Yes: Clindamycin has been used in the treatment of chlamydia but it is not the preferred choice of antibiotic and the failure/relapse rates are much higher than standard treatment with such antibiotics as azithromycin, doxycycline, erythromycin, and levaquin (levofloxacin). ...Read more

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How long can clindamycin side effects last?

Depends: The drug is out of your system in <15 hours but the side effects may linger depending on what you have. For instance c. Difficile diarrhea can be very persistent as can some allergic reactions. ...Read more

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Help please! Is clindamycin a safe anti-biotic?

Help please! Is clindamycin a safe anti-biotic?

Yes: Clindamycin, like most antibiotics is relatively safe. All antibiotics can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea as well as allergic reactions. Clindamycin has a higher risk of causing antibiotic induced clostridium difficile colitis. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I'm allergic to clindamycin?

Several ways: The preferred manner of testing depends on the history and the type of reaction. Skin testing can be performed, but there are no validated commercial extracts for clindamycin. If necessary, an oral challenge can be done. ...Read more

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Cleocin (Definition)

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