Also known as: Cleocin, Cleocin HCl, Cleocin Pediatric, Cleocin Phosphate
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clindamycin: 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): 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.
clindamycin: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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clindamycin: 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: 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: 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: 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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clindamycin: Dr prescribed clindamycin for an infection. Did not know that laying down after a dose of this would feel like your insides were burning up. Worst heartburn I have had. Of course this was due to the fact that I was trying to be diligent and take them every 8 hrs. causing me to take them in the middle of the night. Good to know that others have this problem. Like others, I was scared I was having a heart attack.
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Review by LingLing88 (taken for less than 1 month):
clindamycin: I was just prescribed this medication yesterday and started to take it today. I have a very nasty urinary tract infection including bacterial vaginosis. I am very anxious when it comes to taking these kind of medications for I haven't taken them before. After a day to decide to take it, I man up and took it. No side effects and it works like a charm! One hour later I felt so much better. I didn't feel like I had to constantly go to the bathroom and no pressure on my bladder, I was so relieved. I would recommend anyone who suffers UTI and Bacterial Vaginosis to give this a try.
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clindamycin: I had a tooth abscess for a about a month. It's been really persistent. Today was my first day on the 150mg clindamycin. The swelling and hot feeling on my face went away within 3 hours after taking the pill. I'm eating probiotics and much oatmeal with molasses etc. I'm drinking my water and not laying down after taking the pills. I would rate it a 10 for speed and effectiveness, but the stuff can be so scary and dangerous, I cannot give it a 10. So far so good.
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Cleocin (clindamycin): I have had a staph infection for some time I was on Bactrim and Ceflexicin for 10 days and they seemed to work, until I was out of medication. I was then prescribed Cleocin, I have been on it for a week and just shy of that week I started to have side effects. I have never before had any side effect from any medication prescribed, so this was quite a shock.
Cleocin seemed to be working on my infection but I had to discontinue it's use early. I had the worst case of heart burn that would hit me in waves of pain never before had I experienced that type of pain, the inside of my mouth became very raw.
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clindamycin: I can not yet tell you if this works or not for my tooth infection. HOWEVER, what I can tell you is to NEVER NEVER LAY DOWN AFTER TAKING THIS MEDICINE FOR AT LEAST 30 MINUTES. I did last night, and thought I was having a heart attack. I had major chest pains. WORST HEART BURN I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED!
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clindamycin: So far I have taken 4 pills. I have had some stomach rumbling and a few light pains. I felt a little bit lightheaded a couple of times and a little bit of head pain but other than that its not too bad. My doctor gave me this for an abscessed tooth and I have not had to take any pain medicine today so I guess the clindamycin is already working. I have a little bit of tooth pain but it is bearable. I do eat toast before my first pill and a full meal with the second and something light with the third one. I will check back when I finish the medicine to let you know if things change.
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clindamycin: I got stung by a wasp and got a terrible secondary infection. The clindamycin cleared up the infection, but the heartburn and stomach ache I got as a result was almost worse than the infection. I had to constantly take Tums and Pepto-Bismol to fight off the nausea and heartburn.
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