Generic Name: Lincomycin (lin koe MYE sin)
Brand Name: Lincocin
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Aug 27, 2019.
- Diarrhea is common with antibiotics. Rarely, a severe form called C diff–associated diarrhea (CDAD) may happen. Sometimes, this has led to a deadly bowel problem (colitis). CDAD may happen during or a few months after taking antibiotics. Call your doctor right away if you have stomach pain, cramps, or very loose, watery, or bloody stools. Check with your doctor before treating diarrhea.
- This medicine must only be used for very bad bacterial infections, and when other drugs cannot be used. Talk with the doctor to be sure that the benefits of lincomycin are more than the risks.
Uses of Lincomycin:
- It is used to treat bacterial infections.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Lincomycin?
- If you have an allergy to lincomycin, clindamycin, or any other part of lincomycin.
- If you are allergic to lincomycin; any part of lincomycin; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you are using any products that have erythromycin.
- If you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with lincomycin.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take lincomycin with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Lincomycin?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take lincomycin. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Have your blood work checked if you are on lincomycin for a long time. Talk with your doctor.
- Do not use longer than you have been told. A second infection may happen.
- If you are 65 or older, use lincomycin with care. You could have more side effects.
- This medicine has benzyl alcohol in it. Benzyl alcohol may cause very bad and sometimes deadly side effects in newborns or infants. If you have questions, talk with the doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using lincomycin while you are pregnant.
How is this medicine (Lincomycin) best taken?
Use lincomycin as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- It is given as a shot into a muscle or as an infusion into a vein over a period of time.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Call your doctor to find out what to do.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Not able to pass urine or change in how much urine is passed.
- Yellow skin or eyes.
- Mouth irritation or mouth sores.
- Ringing in ears.
- Very bad irritation where the shot was given.
- Fever or chills.
- Sore throat.
- Feeling very tired or weak.
- Pale skin.
- Any unexplained bruising or bleeding.
- Vaginal itching or discharge.
- Chest pain or pressure.
- Very bad dizziness or passing out.
- A very bad skin reaction (Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis) may happen. It can cause very bad health problems that may not go away, and sometimes death. Get medical help right away if you have signs like red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin (with or without fever); red or irritated eyes; or sores in your mouth, throat, nose, or eyes.
What are some other side effects of Lincomycin?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Stomach pain.
- Feeling sleepy.
- Irritation where the shot is given.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Lincomycin?
- If you need to store lincomycin at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about lincomycin, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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- Drug class: lincomycin derivatives
Other brands: Lincocin