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Clindamycin

Clindamycin is used in the treatment of soft tissue infections, dental infections and bone infections caused by susceptible strains of bacteria. It is available as 150mg capsules and as drops containing 25mg/1ml. The drops should be stored at room temperature. The usual dose in dogs is 2.5-5mg/pound by mouth every 12 hours. The usual dose in cats is 5-10mg/pound by mouth once a day.

Generic Name
Clindamycin (klin-da-my’-sin)

Manufacturer
Various

Brand Name(s)
Antirobe (Pharmacia and Upjohn), Antirobe Aquadrops (Pharmacia and Upjohn), Cleocin (Pharmacia)

What is this medication used for
Clindamycin is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections caused by susceptible organisms. It is most often used to treat deep wounds, bone infections, abscesses and infections of the mouth.

Availability
Clindamycin is a prescription medication available as capsules and oral solution.

How this medicine should be used
Clindamycin is FDA approved for use in dogs only; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to use clindamycin in cats. The usual dose for dogs is 2.5mg-5mg/pound every 12 hours. The usual dose for cats is 5-10mg/pound every 24 hours. The actual length of treatment depends on the specific condition and the response to treatment.

What are the side effects
The side effects of clindamycin may include vomiting and diarrhea.

What special precautions are there
This medication should not be used in animals allergic to it or lincomycin. Use with caution when given with neuromuscular blocking agents (usually administered pre-op). Do not use in animals with kidney or liver disease. Clindamycin may be given with or without food. Nursing puppies or kittens may develop diarrhea since the medication passes in the milk. Periodic liver and kidney tests should be performed if the pet is on this medication for more than one month.

In the event of an overdose
Contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room. Symptoms of overdose may include vomiting, loss of appetite, and weight loss.

How should I store this medication
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed. Store medication at room temperature, away from excess heat, light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Keep out of the reach of children and pets.

This information sheet is for educational purposes only and is intended to be a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise and professional judgment of your veterinarian. The information is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. You should always consult your own veterinarian for specific advice concerning the treatment of your pet.

The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, allergic reactions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for your pet. It is not a substitute for a veterinary exam, and it does not replace the need for services provided by your veterinarian.

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