Also known as: Cleocin, Cleocin HCl, Cleocin Pediatric, Cleocin Phosphate
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clindamycin for Bacterial Infection: All I can say is I had two teeth pulled 6 days ago, by the 2nd day I had a horrible taste in my mouth, a constant headache, and pain in my gums while on pain killers. I went to the ER and the Dr prescribed 300 mg every 6 hours. So 4 days now on the medicine and pain killers and my gums still hurts and I still have a headache? I have been prescribed this medicine in the past and it normally works with no side effects. I have no idea why am I still in pain, while the pain killers do not make it go away, it makes the pain tolerable so I can do my every day things.
Cleocin (clindamycin) for Bacterial Infection: Tooth infection. After taking 5 of the 28 pills I had the worst heartburn of my life and could not even lay down. After 10 of them I ended up in the ER with chest pains, excruciating heartburn, diarrhea, and the itchiest hives from head to toe. They were however very effective at clearing up the infection which in turn reduced the pain in my mouth significantly. So for me, where tooth pain is almost intolerable it was a trade off I accept.
Just an FYI to all on this medication. Diarrhea is the way you body gets rid of toxins. That is how you know your antibiotic os working.. The side effects of nausea and heartburn can be mangable. But diarrhea is actually a good sign that the end is near and you will be feeling better. If it gets to be too much and you are dehydrated then you should think about stopping the medication. I would recommend this medication to help with all indicated infections.
clindamycin for Bacterial Infection: I was prescribed clindamycin for a mouth (not tooth) infection. I won't know if it worked until I am done with it and the infection stays gone. The side effects have been a bummer! Horrible heartburn, fatigue and nausea. The heartburn is manageable with lots of water and huge bottle of tums. Kefir has helped too. I want the infection to buzz off but this stuff is a drag. I have never had an antibiotic beat me up like this
clindamycin for Bacterial Infection: Was prescribed clindamycin today for an abscessed tooth. I am waiting to get a root canal down on a bottom molar (2 weeks from now!). During my waiting process, my tooth became infected. Had tried amoxocillin, which failed... And then the right side of my face started to swell and that's when the PAIN became so bad I ran to the emergency room. I took my first pill a couple of hours ago but haven't noticed a difference. Haven't had any heartburn or any other side affect. I took some oxycodone and ibuprofen about 20 minutes ago, I think it's starting to help. I hope this works! Keeping my fingers crossed. I can't take one more day of this terrible, excruciating, head-banging on walls-throwing objects across room PAIN!
clindamycin for Skin Infection: Took clindamycin, two 150 mg every 6 hrs for 7 days. I was hesitant to take this because I've had C. diff before from taking Cipro several months ago. I had cellulitis from bee stings and I had no side effects from taking clindamycin...except to make sure to have food in your tummy when taking this because it does give heartburn if your tummy is empty. Other than that, I am thankful that I had no side effects from this. I'm sorry to hear those who are extremely sensitive to this strong antibiotic but it has surely helped cute my cellulitis.
clindamycin for Bone infection: Taking clindamycin has been difficult for me. It's caused nausea, diarrhea, and stomach pain. But it's also been the only thing to clear up my jaw bone infection. They gave me 2 other types of antibiotics before this and neither helped. If you can endure the unpleasant side effects, it's a good medicine for it.
clindamycin for Skin Infection: It works fine for me. It squashed cellulitis of the face. My doctor says it was most likely an MRSA bacteria and that most infections of this type are these days. Side effects are mild diarrhea, some abdominal pain, and unnatural taste in mouth for about 2 hours after taking. The taste is not repulsive to me; it is easily tolerated.
clindamycin for Skin Infection: I have cellulitis on the neck and face. This disease can be very dangerous and must be treated very quickly and aggressively. I was told by urgent care to go to the ER, which I did and received the I.V. version-for 1/2 an hour, and released. Then, I took the oral version at 300mg 4 X daily for 7 days. I am on day 5. It gave me mild diarrhea. I changed my diet to something that's easy to digest and it's better now.
My rash and the pains on my head are gone almost completely. I am still very scared about day 8 when I stop taking these pills. The doctor says I should be fine so I have to believe it.
clindamycin for Aspiration Pneumonia: I had what a couple of doctors believed to be a necrotizing abscess in my pleural cavity, possibly as a result of the severe pneumonia I was suffering. After 3 days in hospital on strong IV antibiotics and fluids, my vital signs were perfect, but I was still coughing and exhausted.
An Infectious Disease specialist came to see me after the pulmonary specialist and a surgeon came to tell me their (differing) takes on my diagnosis, and he believed the abscess was actually aspiration pneumonia. He disconnected my IV antibiotics, prescribed Clindamycin in pill form, and sent me home. Sure enough, as promised, within 2 weeks, the "abscess" had completely disappeared from my x-rays without any invasive procedure.
clindamycin for Bacterial Infection: Dr gave me this prescription for a tooth that was abscessed. The swelling had intensified after taking a hot shower which made it look like I had a softball in my jaw. The pain from it was utterly unimaginable and I was popping Vicodin and Tylenol 3s like skittles.
I did hear this particular antibiotic is linked to causing a specific disease in the colon because antibiotics do not discriminate when it comes to bacteria. Good or bad it has to go.
However, after taking my first dose of this and a ibuprofen, the pain literally disappeared within 30 minutes. It was amazing. I cried, then went to sleep.
No terrible side effects other than soft stool.
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clindamycin for Bone infection: If it weren't for clindamycin. I would not know what to do, it is a life saver from all the pain or unbearable comfort. I am reading the reviews, but it seems like people forget to suggest to drink lots of water; I always remember to drink lots of water with antibiotics because if you do not, you will feel like your insides are getting parched, and I think that is from the medicine. Sometimes I get occasional runny stomach, but not bad enough to where I had to stop because if it is constant you will have to tell the doctor and stop the pills, but I recommend this to anyone.
clindamycin for Bacterial Infection: I didn't notice the heartburn until the second day of taking the medicine and it wasn't really too bad until the fourth.. that's when I decided to read the label. Here's the thing with this one, I think the main problem is the capsule and our tendency to take medicine just before going to bed - with this one that is very bad! I can take pretty much any pill without water (I wasn't doing that), I almost *never* get heartburn and it took me a while to figure out what was going on. Reading the pill container label it specifically tells you - do not lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking this. That should be your first warning that this one doesn't go down easily. So drink plenty of water with it and be prepared for the burn.
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clindamycin for Bacterial Infection: I was prescribed 300mg, 4 times a day for 10 days for a tooth abscess. I too felt the "burn", but my burn was immediately after taking the capsule. I could feel the burn as it went down my esophagus. What I found relieved it was drinking at least 8oz of water with the pill, and then topping it off with a few spoonfuls of yogurt.
No more burn as it went down, no more stomach upset.
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clindamycin for Deep Neck Infection: I was prescribed this medication to treat a serious glandular infection in my neck. An allergy to penicillin made Clindamycin the most effective choice, despite the potential of fairly serious side effects. I followed the dosing instructions, making sure that I took it with something in my stomach (I ate a 1/2 portion of oatmeal porridge 30 minutes before each pill); walked around for a 1/2 hour after taking it; had either an active culture yogurt drink or 1/2 cup of plain yogurt 2 hours after each dose to help restore the bacteria in my gut. I only had minor loose bowel movements at about day 4 and had excellent results in combating the infection.
clindamycin for Bacterial Infection: I took clindamycin for two days before my extraction of my wisdom tooth and then two days after, I had some heart burn feeling and I was taking it with food. I'm tired of taking antibiotics and have to deal with the aftermath of flora being screwed up in my system for weeks. So, I decided to stop taking it. I went to my MD and they gave me something equally strong and effective, but gentle on the digest system.
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clindamycin for Bacterial Infection: I started to take this medicine on a Friday and last night (Monday night) I woke up in the middle of the night had the worst chest pain that I have ever experienced in my life. I have never felt pain like this that has actually scared me into feeling that I need to call 911. I eventually drank a lot of water and it helped me feel so temporary relief. Managed to fall back asleep but when I awoke this morning the pain is still there. Not as serious, but I gave my doctor a call and they recommended taking Tums. I took the Tums and the pain is not so severe but I'm pretty nervous to take these pills now. Can't say if its helped my infection yet because I have to go back to the doctors for a follow up for that to be determined.
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clindamycin for Bacterial Infection: Had an awful infection along my right side of my gum line, including a tooth that was abscessed. I have terrible side effects to almost any antibiotic so I was not very impressed having to take it. I started the medicine yesterday, and drank it with tons of water, made sure I didn't lay down for almost an hour and also took acidophilus. I had no issues whatsoever, however this morning after taking the first dose I started with heartburn, I've also noticed an odd taste in my mouth. I took Pepcid and hope that will help knock the heartburn back a bit. Seems to have been improvement with the abscess already so I hope this is as bad as it gets. In comparison to the toothache, I'll take the heartburn. Drink plenty of water!
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Review by Took for chronic sinus infection (taken for less than 1 month):
clindamycin for Sinusitis: I've had this ongoing sinus infection for 2 months (or more) and been given 2 different prescriptions that didn't work. It felt like my head would explode. I took this and my pain started to subside after 24 hours and after 48 hours I felt like a normal human being again for the first time in a long time. I can't believe how great this worked. Took the entire dose, 4 times a day for 9 days. No side effects either. I guess some people get heartburn, but I didn't.
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clindamycin for Bacterial Infection: Was prescribed the meds for a tooth infection after the first part of root canal (just had pulp removed due to inflammation but not the roots). Took my first dose before bed, woke up the next morning feeling wonderful. I have not suffered from the heartburn or anything. My tooth really feels great, no pain, all the tartar left on my teeth have started to fall off while brushing, and I can notice a big difference in my overall health. It does make me extremely sleepy and nauseous though. I believe it is worth it. The tooth pain was so bad I could not talk, close my mouth, or even drink. Even hurt to swallow my own saliva. I will recommend this antibiotic for anyone that has a weak immune system already. DO NOT USE TOBACCO WHILE USING THIS MED.
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Review by Baseball~Mom3 (taken for less than 1 month):
clindamycin for Bacterial Infection: Just took my first dose and got in the shower and immediately felt severe heartburn. Worst heartburn ever. It made my ears hurt. I thought I was dying. I had to tell my 7 year old if something happens and you can't wake me up call 911 and tell them our address. It was that bad. I drank a full bottle of water after seeing what everyone else said and the heartburn is still there but not severe anymore. I didn't even lay down before the heartburn started so now I'm scared to go to bed in case it gets bad again.
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clindamycin for Bacterial Infection: I had a horrible infection affecting my whole left side gum line. The pain was terrible. My Dentist prescribed Amoxicillin and it didn't touch the infection. He then prescribed Clindamycin 300mg every 6 hours. Within a couple of days the pain was so much better but the side effects are a nightmare. I have diarrhea, stomach cramps, bloating & dizziness. I've been watching for C. Diff but I think I just have diarrhea. This medicine is taking care of my infection but I can't wait until it's done so I will feel better. I recommend it.
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clindamycin for Bacterial Infection: I started taking this medication and my experience was not good. Having said that, I figured out that if you chew gum this helps tremendously cut down on the awful taste in the mouth that this medication is known to cause. I also take it with plenty of water and food. My stomach is not too happy but I am only taking it for seven days.
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