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Lincocin Side Effects

Generic Name: lincomycin

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

For the Consumer

Applies to lincomycin: injection solution

Along with its needed effects, lincomycin (the active ingredient contained in Lincocin) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking lincomycin:

Incidence Not Known

  • Abdominal or stomach pain or tenderness
  • black, tarry stools
  • blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
  • blurred vision
  • chills
  • clay-colored stools
  • confusion
  • cough
  • dark urine
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty with swallowing
  • dizziness dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
  • fast heartbeat
  • fever
  • headache
  • hives, itching, or rash
  • joint or muscle pain
  • loss of appetite
  • lower back or side pain
  • nausea
  • painful or difficult urination
  • pale skin
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • red skin lesions, often with a purple center
  • red, irritated eyes
  • severe abdominal or stomach cramps and pain
  • sore throat
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
  • sweating
  • tightness in the chest
  • ulcers, sores, or white spots in the mouth
  • unpleasant breath odor
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting of blood
  • watery and severe diarrhea, which may also be bloody
  • yellow eyes or skin

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

Incidence Not Known

  • Abdominal or stomach discomfort
  • continuing ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in the ears
  • feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
  • hearing loss
  • pain, redness, or hard lumps at the injection site
  • redness, swelling, or soreness of the tongue
  • sensation of spinning
  • sleepiness or unusual drowsiness

For Healthcare Professionals

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


The onset of pseudomembranous colitis symptoms has been reported during and after antibacterial therapy.

Esophagitis was reported with oral preparations.[Ref]

Frequency not reported: Glossitis, stomatitis, nausea, vomiting, abdominal distress, persistent diarrhea, enterocolitis, antibacterial-associated diarrhea and colitis, pruritus ani, pseudomembranous colitis, Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea, esophagitis[Ref]


Some hypersensitivity reactions occurred in penicillin-sensitive patients.

A 19-year-old male patient, who had received 2 previous IM injections of lincomycin (the active ingredient contained in Lincocin) at the age of 17 years and 1 IM injection 2 weeks prior, reported that a few minutes after his fourth IM injection 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 IM followed by oral prednisone with an antihistamine.[Ref]

Frequency not reported: Hypersensitivity reactions (such as angioneurotic edema, serum sickness, anaphylaxis); face, ears, and neck swelling[Ref]


Rare (less than 0.1%): Exfoliative and vesiculobullous dermatitis

Frequency not reported: Skin rashes, urticaria, pruritus, erythema multiforme (some resembling Stevens-Johnson syndrome)[Ref]


Rare (less than 0.1%): Aplastic anemia, pancytopenia

Frequency not reported: Neutropenia, leukopenia, agranulocytosis, thrombocytopenia, thrombocytopenic purpura[Ref]


Rare (less than 0.1%): Cardiopulmonary arrest

Frequency not reported: Hypotension[Ref]

Cases of hypotension after parenteral administration have been reported, especially after too rapid IV administration. Rare cases of cardiopulmonary arrest have been reported after this drug was administered IV too rapidly. In these cases, the affected patients subsequently tolerated slow infusions. A study that looked at multiple large dose administration of this drug found that when the doses were appropriately diluted and administered more slowly, cardiovascular changes did not occur.[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Jaundice, abnormal liver function tests (especially elevated serum transaminase)[Ref]


Rare (less than 0.1%): Renal dysfunction, azotemia, oliguria[Ref]


Rare (less than 0.1%): Proteinuria

Frequency not reported: Vaginitis[Ref]

Nervous system

Frequency not reported: Tinnitus, vertigo, neuromuscular blockade, metallic taste in mouth[Ref]


Frequency not reported:

-IM: Pain following injection, local irritation, pain induration, sterile abscess formation

-IV: Thrombophlebitis[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Bulbar conjunctival injection


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Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.