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Most Commonly Used

Clindamycin 1% Topical Gel
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Clindamycin 300mg Cap
Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Inc, a Sun Pharma Company
Pill Identification: RX693 RX693 
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Clindamycin 1% Topical Gel
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Clindamycin 1% Lotion
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Clindamycin 150mg Cap
Aurobindo Pharma USA Inc.
Pill Identification: C 39 
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Common Side Effects of Clindamycin
Before you start taking clindamycin, talk with your doctor about any allergies or medical conditions you may have. Also be sure to give your doctor a complete list of all the medicines you are taking. Tell your doctor about any over-the-counter products or herbal supplements that you are taking, so your doctor can check for any interactions with clindamycin. In addition, let your doctor know if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breast-feeding.

Clindamycin can cause dangerous bacteria to grow in the large intestine. If this happens, you could develop diarrhea that is serious or, in some cases, a condition called colitis. Colitis is an inflammation of the large intestine. It can be a life-threatening condition. Colitis does not always happen right away. It could occur several months after you finish taking clindamycin.

Talk with your doctor if you have had problems with your intestine in the past. Your doctor will want to prescribe the best antibiotic to treat your infection. Contact your doctor immediately if you have watery or bloody stools, diarrhea, stomach cramps, or fever. If you have any of these other side effects of clindamycin, you should also call your doctor right away:

  • A skin rash, itching, hives, or swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Pain with swallowing
  • Yellowing of the eyes or skin
  • Red, blistering, or peeling skin, including inside your mouth
  • Extreme weakness
Common side effects of clindamycin that do not usually need medical help unless they are severe or become worse include:

  • Itching in the rectal or genital area
  • Joint pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Stomach pain
Patients who have taken clindamycin have also reported other side effects including white patches in the mouth and vaginal symptoms, such as burning, itching, swelling, or thick, white discharge. Let your doctor know if these side effects of clindamycin are severe or do not go away while you are taking clindamycin.