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Cleocin (Clindamycin)

Also Known as Dalacin C


Cleocin (Clindamycin)

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Cream 2%

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  • Product Details


    Cleocin (clindamycin) is used to treat certain bacterial infections of the respiratory tract, skin, blood, intra-abdominal, pelvis, and genital tract. 

    Cleocin is available in 75 mg, 150 mg, and 300 mg oral capsules.

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    4–5% (topical)

    Legal status


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    Elimination half-life

    2–3 hours

    Dosage (Strength)

    Cream 2%





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    Read the information that comes with your prescription and take Cleocin as your doctor has prescribed. Be sure to finish your course of antibiotics, even if you begin to feel better. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.


    Serious infections in adults: 150 mg to 300 mg by mouth every 6 hours. If the infection is more severe, the dose may be 300 mg to 450 mg by mouth every 6 hours.

    Serious infections in pediatric patients: 8 mg-16 mg/kg/day divided into three or four equal doses. If the infection is more severe, the dose may be 16 mg-20 mg/kg/day divided into three or four equal doses.

    Cleocin should be swallowed whole and taken with a full glass of water.

    Depending on the infection being treated, treatment may continue up to 10 days.


    The active ingredient in each Cleocin capsule is the antibiotic clindamycin. The 75 mg and 150 mg capsules also contain corn starch, FD and C blue no. 1, FD and C yellow no.5, gelatin, lactose, magnesium stearate, and talc. Titanium dioxide is also contained in the 150 mg capsules. The 300 mg capsules contain corn starch, FD and C blue no. 1, gelatin, lactose, magnesium stearate, talc, and titanium dioxide.


    Do not take Cleocin if you have an allergy to it or lincomycin.


    Cleocin has FDA Boxed Warnings regarding the risk of mild diarrhea to fatal colitis and overgrowth of Clostridium difficile (C. diff).

    • Before you start taking Cleocin for your bacterial infection, be sure to inform your doctor:
      • Of any medications you take
      • Your allergies
      • Your health history and medical problems
      • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding
    • Cleocin should not be used to treat meningitis.
    • Cleocin can cause kidney damage.
    • Cleocin can cause serious allergic reactions. Seek emergency care immediately if you have trouble breathing; swelling of your face, lips, or tongue; or skin reactions.

    Side Effects

    Cleocin can have side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It can also cause serious side effects like C. diff, skin rashes, kidney damage, and lab abnormalities. Contact your doctor immediately if you have troublesome or persistent side effects.

    You can buy Cleocin antibiotic online and with a valid prescription at a competitive price at Canada Pharmacy.


    1. Cleocin (clindamycin hydrochloride). New York, NY: Pharmacia & Upjohn Company LLC; 2022.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 10088

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