When we talk about drugs, we must pay a lot of attention. In fact, when we plan to take a certain drug the medical advice and prescription are more than required. We should not self-medicate ourselves, especially when we want to treat an infection. This article is dedicated to a certain type of drug, namely an antibiotic. This is a category of pills, that should help us a lot but only if we know exactly what they can treat and which the proper dosages are. We can’t do this on our own, so it will be interesting for you to learn more about Clindamycin. As you can guess this is an antibiotic and in the following rows we will talk about its features, its uses, the recommended dosage and the side effects. If you are interested on this topic, and probably you are, you should continue your reading.
What is Clindamycin and what you should be aware of?
This is an antibiotic, which fights against certain infections caused by different bacteria. This is not antibiotic that treats common infections such as flu. It is used usually when you are dealing with something more serious than that. You might be interested how you should use this medicine. The answer is quite obvious. You should follow your doctor’ advices related to this issue. Also you should read the label where you can read many information about this drug. It can be found in various forms in pharmacies according with your needs. You can buy capsules, suppositories or you can buy it in liquid form, which will be administrated through injections.
The medical supervision is more than required during the treatment. In some situations, it is administrated only in hospitals but it can be administrated at home as well, but the visits to your doctor must be made much more often. You should make sure that you follow the instructions properly and for the period of time recommended because some people once they start feeling better they quit taking it and this is a bad decision. What happens if you do so? The bacteria that caused the infection you suffer from may develop a resistance to it and so you cannot be cured. Another thing that can cause such trouble is skipping dosage. In case you do that you should take it as soon as possible.
You should not take an overdose either. This means that if you remembered when the time for the next dose is near, you should continue the treatment without the forgotten dose. You must pay attention not to allow this to happen too many times. Due to its side effects that will be mentioned a bit later, you should be aware of some things before taking it. For example, you should not use it if you are allergic to its main substance. In case you had allergies in the past to others types of antibiotics you should request an allergy test before you start your treatment.
There are other things you should tell you doctor as well, so he can decide if Clindamycin is the best treatment for you. For example, if you know that you have liver illnesses, asthma, intestinal disorders, if you took other types of antibiotics etc. As you can see there is a lot of information that you should not leave out when you visit your doctor. You should not leave out a possible pregnancy either because this antibiotic is quite dangerous for the unborn child. Also, if you are breast feeding you baby you should not take Clindamycin.
Infections treated by Clindamycin
The most common uses of Clindamycin are to treat the vaginal infections. When it comes about these types of infections, both partners should be treated. Usually beside Clindamicyn you will be recommended to take other additional pills. Women will use the cream that must be used internal, which means in the vagina and men will take the pills. Beside the creams, women might have to use the suppositories.
Clindamycin should be used for acne treatment. It can be used as a cream or gel or you might have to ingest the pills as well, according with the type of acne issue that you are suffering of. Besides following the treatment, no matter which the infection may be, the patients should preserve a high level of hygiene. When you treat your acne with this type of medicine, you should avoid applying it on the eyes, lips or nose area. It can be quite disturbing and irritating.
Another, rather difficult infection that can be treated with this antibiotic is the staphylococcal infection. You might have heard about the staphylococcus aureus. It is a very resistant type of infection and not all antibiotics can do their job. This can be the case when it comes about Clindamycin as well.
Side effects of Clindamycin
When it comes about side effects, things can be quite unpleasant. If you read the label, you may be tempted not to even try it. Almost every drug has very dangerous side effects if they are not taken properly. If you talked with your doctor about all your health issues and he did all the necessary tests before prescribing you this drug, you should not be in any trouble during the treatment. Usually, it affects your stomach and your bowels. You can also notice urinary deficiencies. You may also notice flu symptoms, muscle weakness or jaundice. These are some of the most dangerous types of reactions, which should send you directly to your doctor and eventually stop the treatment.
The other more common side effects are nausea, vaginal itching or skin rashes. These types of reactions should not worry you or surprise you and they will not lead to ending the treatment in a sudden manner.
With all these things being said, you may know now more about this antibiotic, its uses and how you should take it. I will underline the idea that it should be taken only under medical supervision and not otherwise.