Bactramycin Side Effects

Generic Name: lincomycin

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of lincomycin. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Bactramycin.

Not all side effects for Bactramycin may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

For the Consumer

Applies to lincomycin: capsule, solution

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by lincomycin (the active ingredient contained in Bactramycin). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking lincomycin:

More common
  • Abdominal or stomach cramps and pain (severe)
  • abdominal tenderness
  • diarrhea (watery and severe), which may also be bloody
  • fever
Less common
  • Skin rash, redness, and itching
  • sore throat and fever
  • unusual bleeding and bruising

Note: Some of the above side effects may also occur up to several weeks after you Stop taking lincomycin.

Some of the side effects that can occur with lincomycin may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

More common
  • Diarrhea (mild)
  • nausea and vomiting
  • stomach pain
Less common
  • Itching of rectal or genital (sex organ) areas

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to lincomycin: compounding powder, injectable solution, oral capsule


Gastrointestinal side effects have included glossitis, stomatitis, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (up to 49%), colitis, pruritus ani, pseudomembranous colitis (up to 14%), and metallic taste in mouth (4%).


A 19-year-old male patient, who had received 2 previous intramuscular injections of lincomycin (the active ingredient contained in Bactramycin) at the age of 17 years and 1 intramuscular injection 2 weeks prior, reported that a few minutes after his fourth intramuscular injection of lincomycin he noticed a tingling sensation around his face and mouth. The patient's symptoms progressed to bright red to blue-violet skin discoloration, injection of the bulbar conjunctivae, and swelling of his face, neck, and ears. The patient recovered without incident after receiving adrenaline and betamethasone intramuscularly followed by oral prednisone with an antihistamine.

Hypersensitivity reactions have included angioneurotic edema, serum sickness, and anaphylaxis, with rare instances of erythema multiforme, some resembling Stevens-Johnson syndrome. At least one case of face, ears, and neck swelling and bulbar conjunctival injection have been reported.


Hematologic side effects have included neutropenia, leukopenia, agranulocytosis, thrombocytopenia, and thrombocytopenic purpura. There have been rare reports of aplastic anemia and pancytopenia; however, causality could not be determined.


Dermatologic side effects have included skin rashes, urticaria, and rarely, exfoliative and vesiculobullous dermatitis.


Hepatic side effects have included jaundice and abnormalities in liver function tests; however, causality could not be determined.


Renal side effects have included rare instances of azotemia, oliguria, and proteinuria.


Cardiovascular side effects have included rare cases of cardiopulmonary arrest and hypotension after lincomycin (the active ingredient contained in Bactramycin) was administered intravenously too rapidly. In these cases, the affected patients subsequently tolerated slow infusions of lincomycin. A study that looked at multiple large dose administration of lincomycin found that when the doses were appropriately diluted and administered more slowly, cardiovascular changes did not occur.

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have included neuromuscular blockade.


Genitourinary side effects have included vaginitis.


Local side effects have included infrequent reports of pain following intramuscular administration.


Other side effects have included tinnitus and vertigo.

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