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Clindamycin - Dosage and How to Use

How should Clindamycin be used?

​Oral Clindamycin

  • Clindamycin should be taken with or after food together with a full glass of water.
  • Complete the course of antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor. Incomplete treatment may cause the infection to recur.
  • Do check with your healthcare professional before stopping your medication.

Topical Clindamycin (Gel, Lotion)

  • Wash and dry your hands before and after using the medicine.
  • Clean and dry the area that you will be applying clindamycin on. Apply a thin layer of the medicine.
  • Topical clindamycin is usually applied 1 to 2 times a day. Follow your doctor's instructions.
  • Avoid your eyes, nose, mouth and lips when you apply clindamycin on your skin. Wash with water if the medicine gets into any of these areas. Avoid applying onto broken or irritated skin as it can worsen the skin condition.
  • It may take up to 3 months to see the effects of this medicine for acne. Do not stop using it even if you do not see results immediately.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

​If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your usual timing. Do not take two doses at the same time to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

Clindamycin - Additional Information


  • Updated on 7/31/2021 12:00:00 AM
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup
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