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Clindamycin - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Clindamycin cause?

Common side effects include:

  • ​Diarrhoea
    • Drink plenty of water with oral rehydration salts to replenish your fluids and electrolytes.
    • If you experience any of the following severe symptoms, stop taking clindamycin and seek medical advice immediately:
        • Develop a fever or experience persistent diarrhoea, abdominal pain
        • Very watery or loose stools
        • Blood or pus in your stools
  • Nausea, vomiting, metallic or unpleasant taste in your mouth
    • Take clindamycin with or after food.
  • Heartburn, pain/burning sensation at the back of throat, stomach discomfort
    • Take clindamycin with a full glass of water. Take small but frequent meals, avoid spicy foods.

Very rarely, clindamycin may injure the liver. Stop this medication and seek medical advice immediately if you develop any of these symptoms:

  • Dark-coloured or tea-coloured urine
  • Light coloured stools
  • Severe abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following.

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medicine immediately and see your doctor.

Before taking Clindamycin , what precautions must I follow?

​Inform your healthcare professional if:

  • You are allergic to clindamycin, lincomycin or any of the other ingredients of this medication.
  • You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding. Risks and benefits regarding the use of clindamycin should be discussed with your doctor.
  • You are taking any other medications, including supplements, traditional medications and herbal remedies.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Clindamycin ?

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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