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Can you take clindamycin HCl for urinary tract infection?

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Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Never use leftovers!

If you are asking about using some Clindamycin now that you have left over from a previous prescription, no.
Clindamycin is a kind of antibiotic which can become harmful after its expiration date, and is usually not a first choice for a uti. If you think you have a uti, please see your doctor or an urgent care for appropriate testing and treatment.

In brief: Never use leftovers!

If you are asking about using some Clindamycin now that you have left over from a previous prescription, no.
Clindamycin is a kind of antibiotic which can become harmful after its expiration date, and is usually not a first choice for a uti. If you think you have a uti, please see your doctor or an urgent care for appropriate testing and treatment.
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Dr. George Klauber
Excellent & very appropriate answer in addition to the others. Thankyou
Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes you can

It is not a first line antibiotic for a UTI like Bactrim (same as generic trimethoprim-sulfa) or cipro (ciprofloxacin).
Or Macrodantin if UTI is confined to the bladder. Clindamycin, in my opinion is slightly less effective that the others, more expensive and has worse possible side effects of bloody diarrhea or jaundice. However may be indicated if your UTI is resistant to the 3 more commonly used antibiotics.

In brief: Yes you can

It is not a first line antibiotic for a UTI like Bactrim (same as generic trimethoprim-sulfa) or cipro (ciprofloxacin).
Or Macrodantin if UTI is confined to the bladder. Clindamycin, in my opinion is slightly less effective that the others, more expensive and has worse possible side effects of bloody diarrhea or jaundice. However may be indicated if your UTI is resistant to the 3 more commonly used antibiotics.
Dr. George Klauber
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David Miller
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends on the bug

There are a variety of bacteria that can cause uti, with the most common one being e.
Coli. Generally, treatment is specific for the bug most likely to be causing the problem. If your doc prescribed clindamycin, that's what you should take.

In brief: Depends on the bug

There are a variety of bacteria that can cause uti, with the most common one being e.
Coli. Generally, treatment is specific for the bug most likely to be causing the problem. If your doc prescribed clindamycin, that's what you should take.
David Miller
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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Prefer that you dont

Clindamycin(cleocin) is a very powerful third level antibiotic that we use for serious infections such as pelvic or kidney infections.
Moreover, for simple uti's it is substantial "overkill" and may encourage antibiotic resistance, so when it is needed for a serious infection it will not work.The cdc has asked md's to be frugal with unnecessary antibiotic use as we are running out of antibiotics.

In brief: Prefer that you dont

Clindamycin(cleocin) is a very powerful third level antibiotic that we use for serious infections such as pelvic or kidney infections.
Moreover, for simple uti's it is substantial "overkill" and may encourage antibiotic resistance, so when it is needed for a serious infection it will not work.The cdc has asked md's to be frugal with unnecessary antibiotic use as we are running out of antibiotics.
Dr. Wayne Ingram
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