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Clindamycin is a lincomycin antibiotic medication that can treat specific bacterial infections, including skin infections, upper and lower respiratory infections, pneumonia and bacterial vaginosis. It can also be applied to the skin to discourage the growth of the bacteria responsible for acne or folliculitis.
It’s the generic version of the brand name drugs Cleocin T, Clindacin Etz, Clindacin P, Clindagel and Evoclin.
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About Clindamycin (Generic Cleocin T)
How does it work?
Clindamycin is an antibiotic medication that works by stopping the growth of bacteria in the body. It does this by interfering with the bacteria's ability to make proteins—which they need to survive and multiply. This can help treat acne, folliculitis and other infections.
What does it treat?
Clindamycin treats various bacterial infections, including skin infections, respiratory infections, bone and joint infections and infections in the reproductive system. It helps fight off these infections by stopping the growth of bacteria to encourage healing. It’s often prescribed as a folliculitis treatment or acne treatment.
What forms does it come in?
Clindamycin is available in various forms, such as topical solutions, creams, lotions, swabs, foams, gels, capsules, and oral liquids. The form you get depends on the type of infection you have and the medical provider's prescription.
Please note that Clindamycin pills and oral liquids are not listed among the available options on the Dr. B platform at this time.
Clindamycin vs. Cleocin T
Clindamycin is the active ingredient in Cleocin T—a brand version of the same medication. Cleocin T usually comes as a lotion or gel. Both are antibiotic medications that can help treat skin conditions caused by bacteria.
How much will it cost?
Dr. B offers online consultations for $15—which is less than most copays. If a folliculitis prescription is appropriate, your out-of-pocket medication cost will depend on your insurance and where you decide to get your prescription filled. With a drug discount card, prices for Clindamycin Phosphate 1 % Topical Solution (60 mL bottle) start at $17.73.
* Prices shown with drug discount card applied. Price may differ depending on location.
Clindamycin Phosphate 1 % Topical Solution (60 mL bottle)*
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Clindamycin (Generic Cleocin T) prescription FAQ
What are the benefits of using Clindamycin (Generic Cleocin T)?
- Treats a variety of infections
- Reduces harmful bacteria
- Helps clear skin infections
- Promotes healing and recovery
Who should not use this medication?
- People allergic to Clindamycin or Lincomycin
- People with chronic asthma or hay fever
- People with ulcerative colitis
- People with liver problems
- People with kidney problems
- Pregnant people
- People hypersensitive to antibiotics
If you have any of these conditions, you may still be able to take this medication. Before starting this prescription treatment, discuss your health history with your medical provider. Some drug interactions may alter the efficacy of this treatment, so share any other medications you may be taking with your healthcare provider, too.
How do I use this medication?
Oral Clindamycin is taken by mouth, usually with water, once or several times a day. Topical Clindamycin lotions, creams and gels are applied directly to the cleaned skin of the affected area. A licensed provider will prescribe a specific dosage form and applicable instructions if you’re prescribed this medication.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of oral Clindamycin, take it as soon as you remember. But skip the missed dose if it’s close to your next scheduled dose. Don't take two doses at once. If you forget to apply a topical form, do so when you remember and continue with your regular schedule.
What happens if I use too much?
Taking too much oral medication might lead to unwanted side effects, like stomach discomfort. The topical form may be harmful if swallowed. If you have ingested the topical form—or have trouble breathing—immediately call your medical provider or local poison control center (800-222-1222).
Can I get Clindamycin (Generic Cleocin T) online?
Dr. B can help you get prescription treatment for folliculitis and acne online with a discreet $15 consultation. A licensed medical provider will review your information within three hours. If appropriate, they’ll send a prescription to your pharmacy of choice.
Medical information reviewed by Dr. Alison Gruen
Alison Gruen, MD is a board-certified dermatologist in New York City with over 18 years of experience. A clinician at heart, she happily devotes most of her time to the care of her patients. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University and received her MD degree from the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Gruen completed her dermatology residency at SUNY Downstate where she served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Kings County Doctor’s Day award for compassion in medicine. Currently Dr. Gruen is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.
Not everyone experiences side effects from the topical form of this medication. When they do happen, they’re often mild and often limited to the skin. Such mild skin side effects include:
- Oily skin
- Skin peeling
If you experience any of the above and they worsen with time, report the side effects to your health provider. Whether taken orally or topically, this antibiotic medication may cause abdominal pain or cramping, recurrent diarrhea or bloody, mucousy stools. Oral antibiotics may also cause the overgrowth of the C. difficile bacteria, which can create a severe intestinal condition.
If you experience any of the above, signs of an allergic reaction or new or worrying symptoms, stop taking the medication and immediately contact your medical provider.