Generic Name: lincomycin (LIN-koe-MYE-sin)
Brand Name: Lincocin
Mild diarrhea is common with antibiotic use. However, a more serious form of diarrhea (pseudomembranous colitis) may rarely occur. This may develop while you use the antibiotic or within several months after you stop using it. Contact your doctor right away if stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools occur. Do not treat diarrhea without first checking with you doctor.
Lincomycin is used for:
Treating serious infections caused by certain bacteria.
Lincomycin is a lincomycin antibiotic. It works by stopping the production of essential proteins needed by certain bacteria to survive.
Do NOT use lincomycin if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in lincomycin or to lincomycin
- you have meningitis, Crohn disease, antibiotic-associated colitis, or ulcerative colitis
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using lincomycin:
Some medical conditions may interact with lincomycin. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have diarrhea, intestinal problems, liver problems, kidney problems, or asthma
- if you have a decreased or lack of allergic response
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with lincomycin. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Nondepolarizing muscle relaxants (eg, vecuronium) or succinylcholine because their actions and the risk of their side effects may be increased by lincomycin
- Erythromycin because it may decrease lincomycin's effectiveness
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if lincomycin may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use lincomycin:
Use lincomycin as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Lincomycin is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be using lincomycin at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. Be sure you understand how to use lincomycin. Follow the procedures you are taught when you use a dose. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
- Do not use lincomycin if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
- Lincomycin works best if it is taken at the same time each day.
- To clear up your infection completely, take lincomycin for the full course of treatment. Keep taking it even if you feel better in a few days.
- Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
- If you miss a dose of lincomycin, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use lincomycin.
Important safety information:
- Lincomycin only works against bacteria; it does not treat viral infections (eg, the common cold).
- Be sure to use lincomycin for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The bacteria could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
- Long-term or repeated use of lincomycin may cause a second infection. Tell your doctor if signs of a second infection occur. Your medicine may need to be changed to treat this.
- Lincomycin has benzyl alcohol in it. Do not use it in NEWBORNS or INFANTS. It may cause serious and sometimes fatal nervous system problems and other side effects.
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you take lincomycin before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Lab tests, including liver function, kidney function, and complete blood cell counts, may be performed while you use lincomycin. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Use lincomycin with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially diarrhea. Monitor carefully for changes in bowel frequency.
- Use lincomycin with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 1 month old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using lincomycin while you are pregnant. Lincomycin is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking lincomycin.
Possible side effects of lincomycin:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Diarrhea; infrequent urination; nausea; pain or irritation at the injection site; vomiting.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blood or mucus in stools; decreased urine; difficulty swallowing; dizziness; red, swollen, or blistered skin; severe or continuing diarrhea; stomach pain/cramps; swelling of hands, eyes, or throat; yellowing of skin or eyes.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of lincomycin:
Store lincomycin at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep lincomycin, along with needles and syringes, out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about lincomycin, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Lincomycin is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take lincomycin or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about lincomycin. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to lincomycin. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using lincomycin.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
More lincomycin resources
- lincomycin Oral, Injection Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information
- lincomycin Concise Consumer Information (Cerner Multum)
- Lincomycin Prescribing Information (FDA)
- Lincomycin Professional Patient Advice (Wolters Kluwer)
- Lincocin Monograph (AHFS DI)
- Lincocin Prescribing Information (FDA)