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Doctor insights on: Clindamycin Vs Amoxicillin For Tooth

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Can I take amoxicillin and clindamycin together for a infection in my tooth?

Can I take amoxicillin and clindamycin together for a infection in my tooth?

Antibiotics: Antibiotics will reduce severity and spread of infection, but unless tooth is treated with root canal or extraction. Infection will come roaring back once meds are discontinued. See your Dentist. Don"t mix meds on your own. Dose and duration need to be monitored. ...Read more

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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I had clindamycin and amoxicillin prescribed for a tooth infection. Which would be best? My face is starting to swell.

I had clindamycin and amoxicillin prescribed for a tooth infection. Which would be best? My face is starting to swell.

Why both?: Which practitioner prescribed both antibiotics? If your face is starting to swell, please see your dentist immediately. Antibiotics alone will not solve your dental issues. ...Read more

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Had 7 d amoxicillin before my rct on infected tooth. Post rct, clindamycin causing bad heartburn. Is clinda stronger for infection. Can I go to amox?

Had 7 d amoxicillin before my rct on infected tooth. Post rct, clindamycin causing bad heartburn. Is clinda stronger for infection. Can I go to amox?

Talk to Dentist: Taking probiotics or eating yogurt with active cultures about 2 hours after taking each antibiotic may help to re-populate your digestive tract with "good" bacteria and reduce heartburn or other stomach distress, etc.

But talk to your dentist for their exact recommendation, considering your problem. ...Read more

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Been on 500mg3xday amoxicillin for tooth abscess was told to take 300mg clindamycin before root canal. I have aortic stenosis too. Can I mix the two?

Been on 500mg3xday amoxicillin for tooth abscess was told to take 300mg clindamycin before root canal. I have aortic stenosis too. Can I mix the two?

Proper advice-: The best answer to your question would be by a dentist who knows your complete medical and dental history and has already seen you. Please don't look for answers on the internet. We could only guess as to what you require and why. ...Read more

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Had week of amoxicillin before my root canal on infected abscess tooth. Post root canal, clindamycin causing bad side effect gerd/ sob. Any equivalen?

Had week of amoxicillin before my root canal on infected abscess tooth. Post root canal, clindamycin causing bad side effect gerd/ sob. Any equivalen?

There is: Normally clyndamycine is the drug of choice in this case where anaerobic bacteria is the cause of the abscess,
but there are alternatives in broad spectrum antibiotics, your dentist would be able to prescribe one for you.
Make sure you eat before taking your meds.
As that might help with digestive problems. ...Read more

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Tooth infection not gone after ten days on amoxicillin. Can I use clyndamycin now to get rid of.?

Tooth infection not gone after ten days on amoxicillin. Can I use clyndamycin now to get rid of.?

Ask your dentist: Antibiotics do not resolve tooth issues. Definitive dental treatment does. Please call for an appointment. ...Read more

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If you hypertension and mild heartburn, which antibiotics best to use for healing tooth root infection after root canal. Clindamycin or amoxicillin?

If you hypertension and mild heartburn, which antibiotics best to use for healing tooth root infection after root canal. Clindamycin or amoxicillin?

Either: Both can cause stomach distress, and each has indications and contraindications. Clindamycin is a great root canal antibiotic but has more stomach aftereffects than Amoxicillin and is used for those patient allergic to amoxicillin. ...Read more

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I took amoxicillin and 3 day zap know taking clindamycin 300 mg what is the chance do c diff?

I took amoxicillin and 3 day zap know taking clindamycin 300 mg what is the chance do c diff?

Wish can calculate: But certainly, more antibiotics significantly alter your gut microbial flora enough to allow C diff to propagate in your bowel & cause a problem if you happen to catch the bug.

The last remark is quite crucial, as most will acquire the infection in health care settings. Community-onset C diff is still uncommon. The key thing is to wash your hands with soap & water a practice I tell all my patient ...Read more

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If im allergic to amoxicillin can I take clindamycin?

Not same class: Someone allergic to amoxicillin (in penicillin class) is not considered at high risk for clindamycin allergy (not penicillin class). That does not guarantee that there will not be any reaction. When taking clindamycin, it is a good idea to eat yoghurt or take probiotics to prevent c. dif colitis (a bacterial infection of the colon due to the selective killing of beneficial bacteria). ...Read more

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Is clindamycin stronger than amoxicillin, at equal doses, to temporarily treat a periodontal abscess?

Not stronger,: Different. They tend to cover different bacteria. Dentists and oral surgeons may prefer clindamycin for the organisms in the mouth. Better coverage than say amoxicillin. Sometimes it may be only a personal preference. ...Read more

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I was prescribed amoxicillin and clindamycin by 2 different dentist for an abcess. Can I take the clindamycin after already taking Amox same day?

I was prescribed amoxicillin and clindamycin by 2 different dentist for an abcess. Can I take the clindamycin after already taking Amox same day?

Yes you can: And you need to get definitive treatment of the infection. Antibiotics just temporize the infection but do not solve the problem. ...Read more

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I always get boils and one time they gave me medicine to take for them. I have one now and I went in my medicine cabinet and I have amoxicillin and clindamycin. Which one is for them?

I always get boils and one time they gave me medicine to take for them. I have one now and I went in my medicine cabinet and I have amoxicillin and clindamycin. Which one is for them?

Caution: I would choose Clindamycin over Amox as I suspect you have MRSA. ... BUT it is very unwise to take old medicines and left over meds means you didn't complete the original treatment. Not taking the full course of antibiotics only partially treats the germ - kills the weak ones and teaches the strong ones to fight harder next time. Soon the meds may not work. See your MD to get full course again.
http://www. Cdc. Gov/mrsa/ ...Read more

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I was prescribed clindamycin for my toothache but it's not working I went to a dentist today they prescribed me amoxicillin if I took the clindamycin at 4 pm can I switch to amoxicillin?

I was prescribed clindamycin for my toothache but it's not working I went to a dentist today they prescribed me amoxicillin if I took the clindamycin at 4 pm can I switch to amoxicillin?

Antibiotics: Yes it's OK to switch but best to speak to dentist who is treating you. Understand that antibiotics alone will not resolve problem and therefore no antibiotic and any dose may alone get you out of pain. Cause of dental problem needs to also be addressed/treated! ...Read more

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Can I take amoxicillin or clindamycin together?

Can I take amoxicillin or clindamycin together?

Yes: You can take Amoxicillin and Clindamycin at the same time if indicated by the type of infection and the infecting bacteria species. ...Read more

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What the difference between amoxicillin and clindamycin?

What the difference between amoxicillin and clindamycin?

Different spectra: Amoxicillin and Clindamycin are both antimicrobials used to treat bacterial infections. (antibiotics.)
they have different uses based either on the known sensitivity of a given bacteria or based on the place in the body where the infection is located and the predicted (educated guess) most likely bacteria to cause that infection. ...Read more

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What's the difference between clindamycin and amoxicillin?

Diff mechanism: Different spectrum and action. Amox is in the same family as penicillin. Usually used in dental as a first line of drug because it has a fairly broad spectrum (gram + and -) and kill bacteria well. Clindamycin is usually used as a second line. It is great for those patients that are allergic to penicillin. Or, if you want better gram - and anaerobic coverage. It is bacterial-static, however. ...Read more

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Would it be safe to take one 500mg amoxicillin 2 hours after taking two 150mg clindamycin?

Clinda+Amoxicillin: Was these meds prescribed by one or two physicians? Usually it is a GOOD idea to let your doctors know what other meds you are currently on. Also need to know why are you taking antibiotics, site and nature of infection. Usually Ear Nose throat infection in that case they are both effective. No harm taking them 2 hours apart for a few days only. ...Read more

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I have taking amoxicillin 500 mg 3day speak 500 mg now clindamycin 300 mg. For 10 days how high is chance do c diff?

I have taking amoxicillin 500 mg 3day speak 500 mg now clindamycin 300 mg. For 10 days how high is chance do c diff?

Well...: There is no stats as to whom is going to develop C. Diff pathology with antibiotics. What is known is that nay antibiotics can cause it!
Chances are quite low
Do not panic ...Read more

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What are the chances (%) of getting c diff if you're immunocompromised and you're prescribed clindamycin for a root canal? (can't take amoxicillin)

What are the chances (%) of getting c diff if you're immunocompromised and you're prescribed clindamycin for a root canal? (can't take amoxicillin)

Somewhere 1-10%: The risks ranges about 1-10% and I cannot tell you the exact percentage for your case, but current literature suggests this range. Probiotics use during and cont after antibiotic uses for few more days has been shown to reduce diarrhea/c. Diff infection rate. It is quite treatable and so if u get it, consult doc quickly and u will be treated accordingly. Good luck. ...Read more

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It really seems to me that dentists guess whether one needs clindamycin or amoxicillin for infection. Why no bacterial testing done to really know?

Protocol: Antibiotic therapy follows a time tested methodology to eradicate dental infections. The usual antibiotics that are used almost always work. A culture takes time and costs money and is used when traditions methods are not effective. It's just not necessary for the average tooth infection, no more than a CAT scan is necessary for every ache and pain. ...Read more

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I have taken amoxicillin and z pack 3 day and now on clindamycin 500 what is the chance of c diff?

I have taken amoxicillin and z pack 3 day and now on clindamycin 500 what is the chance of c diff?

C. difficile: The risk if Clostridium Difficile infection is always increased with the use of antibiotics. Some antibiotics are more implicated than others. It is important for you and the doctor (s) prescribing the antibiotics to review the risks and benefits of ongoing antibiotic usage. Other factors that may increase your risk include prior C. difficile infection or recent hospitalization. ...Read more

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What antibiotic can be used for a 29 year old type 1 diabetic patient with acute tonsillitis? 1000 mg amoxicillin or clindamycin injection too much?

See below: It could be a viral infection and not need antibiotic treatment. If a test for strep throat is positive treatment with pen vk, Amoxicillin or an oral cephalosporin should work. The antibiotic needs to be taken for 10 days. Good luck. ...Read more

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Clindamycin vs. Amoxicillin. Which one is better for dental infection especially if you had used amox in the past. Concern is antibiotic resistance.?

It depends: Without a culture and sensitivity test, generally amoxicillin is drug of choice for dental infections provided there is no allergy to it. If ineffective after a couple of days, the spectrum of coverage can be enhanced by adding Flagyl or switching to clindamycin. ...Read more

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Hello Dr. Can I take Amoxicillin and Clindamycin together for treatment of folliculitis? Or would you recommend doxycycline and one of the above?

Hello Dr. Can I take Amoxicillin and Clindamycin together for treatment of folliculitis? Or would you recommend doxycycline and one of the above?

Overkill: Hopefully you're not self-medicating. Actually, infected follicles are more likely to be caused by pityrosporum yeasts, or if it's bacterial, treatment with local topical measures may be safer and wiser and more effective than a bazooka-gun antibiotic course. You're asking for C. difficile over a few infected hairs? Is it hidradenitis supurativa? A proper diagnosis & focused management is key. ...Read more

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My dentist gave me amoxicillin before the root canal for infection. Then my endodontist prescribed clindamycin after the root canal procedure. Which one should I take?

My dentist gave me amoxicillin before the root canal for infection. Then my endodontist prescribed clindamycin after the root canal procedure. Which one should I take?

Probably beneficial: Both antibiotics are beneficial for dental infections. If the infection was somewhat non-responsive to amoxicillin, switching the antibiotic to Clindamycin may be quite effective. ...Read more

Amoxicillin (Definition)

Amoxicillin is in the penicillin class of antibiotics. All penicillins are distinguished by the presence of a beta-lactam ring, and are known to kill bacteria by inhibiting synthesis (production) ...Read more


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