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Clindamycin

Drug Details

  • Drug Name: Clindamycin
  • Common Name: Antirobe®
  • Drug Type: Antibiotic, Anti-protozoal
  • Used For: Bacterial infections
  • Species: Dogs, Cats
  • Administered: Oral liquid, 25mg tablets, 150mg capsules
  • How Dispensed: Prescription only
  • FDA Approved: Yes

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General Description

 

Clindamycin is an antibiotic used to prevent and treat bacterial infections in pets. It is also effective in treating some protozoal diseases including Toxoplasma. This drug is mostly used to treat diseases of the skin, mouth, bone, and respiratory tract. It is most effective against gram-positive bacteria, which are characterized by their lack of outer membrane and thin peptidoglycan layer.

 

How It Works

 

Clindamycin works mostly by stopping growth of bacteria, although it does sometimes kill the bacteria. Clindamycin halts bacterial growth by inhibiting protein synthesis in the cell.

 

Storage Information

 

Tablets and capsules are to be kept in a tightly sealed container at room temperature. Oral liquid (reconstituted powder) is to be kept at room temperature. Some formulations may only be good for 14 days after mixing, read the drug label carefully.

 

Missed Dose?

 

Give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give your pet two doses at once.

 

Side Effects and Drug Reactions

 

Clindamycin may result in these side effects:

 

  • Allergic reaction (labored breathing, hives, etc)
  • Vomiting
  • Severe diarrhea (may contain blood)
  • Loss of appetite


Clindamycin may react with these drugs:

 

  • Opiates
  • Chloramphenicol
  • Erythromycin
  • Loperamide

 

USE CAUTION WHEN ADMINISTERING THIS DRUG TO PREGNANT PETS OR PETS WITH KIDNEY OR LIVER DISEASE

 

DO NOT USE CLINDAMYCIN IN RABBITS, GUINEA PIGS, OR RODENTS