Clindamycin for Tooth Infections: What to Know

Clindamycin is a drug used to treat infections caused by bacteria such as strep throat, gonorrhea, and tuberculosis. It works by killing or inhibiting the growth of these germs. Clindamycin is commonly known as clarithromycin (a brand name) and it comes in tablets, capsules, liquids, creams and ointments. It is available over the counter (OTC).

The FDA approved clindamycin for use in children under 12 years old with mild to moderate cases of acute otitis media (ear infection) and adults up to age 65 years with severe cases of chronic otitis media. The drug is not recommended for children younger than 2 years old or infants less than 6 months old.

Clindamycin may cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever and rash. If taken within two weeks of surgery, it can increase the risk of bleeding.

How long does clindamycin last?

Clindamycin lasts from four to eight days and is usually effective after just one dose. However, some people need more time before their symptoms improve completely. Some people experience no improvement at all while others have complete relief from their symptoms.

What is Clindamycin?

Clindamycin is an antibiotic that is used to treat many different types of infections caused by bacteria. It can be taken by mouth, intravenously or topically (on the skin).

This drug may be used to treat acne, chest/pulmonary infections, skin infections, intestinal infections and others. If you are using clindamycin to treat an infection, use this medication for the full course of treatment even if you start to feel better after a few days.

Clindamycin may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of Clindamycin?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

swelling, itching, redness, or oozing where clindamycin is applied;

ringing in your ears;

nausea, vomiting, stomach pain;

itching, loss of appetite;

pale skin, feeling light-headed; or

fever, chills, body aches.

Less serious side effects may include:

mild diarrhea;

mild nausea, vomiting;

vaginal itching or discharge; or

dry skin.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect.

You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where can I get more information about Clindamycin?

More information

Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

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