WHAT CLINDAMYCIN CAPSULES ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR
Clindamycin 150 mg capsules, hard (called Clindamycin capsules in the rest of this leaflet) belong to a group of medicines called antibiotics. Antibiotics are used to treat infections. Clindamy-cin capsules are used to kill certain serious bacterial infections.
BEFORE YOU USE CLINDAMYCIN CAPSULES
Do not use Clindamycin capsules:
If you have been told you are allergic (hypersensitive) to clindamycin (the active ingredient in Clindamycin capsules), lincomycin (another antibiotic) or to any of the ingredients of Clindamycin capsules .
Take special care with Clindamycin capsules:
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking your medicine
• If you have diarrhoea or usually get diarrhoea when you take antibiotics or have ever suffered from problems with your stomach or intestines.
If you develop severe or prolonged or bloody diarrhoea during or after using Clindamycin capsules tell your doctor immediately since it may be necessary to interrupt the treatment.
This may be a sign of bowel inflammation (pseudomembranous colitis) which can occur following treatment with antibiotics.
• If you suffer from problems with your kidneys or liver.
• If you suffer from asthma, eczema or hayfever.
• If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars.
Taking other medicines
Some medicines can affect the way Clindamycin works, or Clindamycin itself can reduce the effectiveness of other medicines taken at the same time. Make sure your doctor knows if you are taking any medicines listed here:
• Erythromycin, an antibiotic used to treat infections.
• Muscle relaxants used for operations or hospital procedures.
• Oral contraceptive pills. You should use extra contraception such as condoms whilst taking Clindamycin capsules and for seven days after your last dose of Clindamycin capsules.
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Using Clindamycin capsules with food and drink
The capsules may be taken either before or after a meal.
If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant you should contact your doctor before taking Clindamycin capsules. The effects of Clindamycin capsules on the unborn child are not known.
Tell your doctor if you will be breast feeding while taking Clindamycin capsules as the active substance in this medicine may be passed into breast milk.
Your doctor will decide if Clindamycin capsules are appropriate for you. It is not likely that a nursing infant will take in very much of the active substance from the milk it drinks. However, if your baby gets bloodstained diarrhoea or shows any signs of illness, tell your doctor at once. You should stop breast-feeding if this happens.
Driving and using machines
No effects have been reported on the ability to drive or use machines after taking Clindamycin capsules.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Clindamycin capsules Clindamycin capsules contain lactose, a type of sugar. If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicine.
HOW TO USE CLINDAMYCIN CAPSULES Always use Clindamycin capsules exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor if you are not sure.
Please read the back of this leaflet.
Adults and the elderly
The usual dose is 1 S0 ring -4-93 mg (1-3 capsules) every six hours. depending oh the severity of your infection.
(Children over 1 month)
The usual dose in children is between 3 and 6 mg per kg of body weight every six hours, depending on the severity of the infection. Your doctor will workout the number of capsules that your child should have.
Long Term use of Clindamycin capsules
Your doctor will decide if you are taking Clindarnycin capsules for a long time and may arrange regular liver, kidney and blood tests. Do not miss these check-up with your doctor.
Long term use can also make you more likely to get other infections that do hot respond to Clindarnycin capsules treatment.
If you take more Clindamycin capsules than you should
If you accidentally take too many clindamycin capsules contact your doctor at once or go to the nearest hospital casualty department, Take the labelled medicine package with you, whether there are any Clindamycin capsules left or hot. Do not take any more capsules until your cloctor tells you to.
If you forget to take Clindamycin capsules
If you forget the dose just a few hours late, take it straight away. If it is nearly time for your next dose miss out the forgotten one. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop takng Clindamycin capsules
If you stop taking the medicine too soon your infection may come back again or get worse. Do not stop taking Clindamycin capsules LIrkle5s your doctor tells you to. If you have any further questions on the use of this product, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Clindarroydn capsules can cause side effects. although not everybody gets them.
Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of the following side effects;
• severer persistent or bloody diarrhoea (which may be associated with stomach pain or fever). This is an uncommon side effect Mich may occur after treatment with antibiotics and can be a sign of serious bowel inflammation
• signs of a severe allergic reaction such as sudden wheeziness, difficulty in breathing. swelling of eyelids, face or lips, rash or itching (especially affecting the whole body),
• blistering arid peeling of large areas of skin, fever, cough, feeling unwell and swelling of the gums, tongue or lips.
• yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice)
Other possible side effects may include effects on your:
▪ Nervous system: Impaired Sense of taste ▪ Skin: Reddening of the skin, skin rash, red itchy bumps on your skin (hives)
• Stomach and intestines: Throat ulcers, sore throats feeling sick, being sick, stomach pain and diarrhoea
▪ Mood system: Reduced numbers of blood cells (shown on blood tests) which may cause bruising or bleeding or weakening of the immune system
• Liver Function; Shown by blood tests
• Genital area; Inflammation of thevagina
If any of the side effects get serious, or it you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet.
please tell your doctor or pharmacist
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse
This includes any possible side effects hot listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www..mhrargov.ukNellowcard By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
HOW TO STORE CUNDAMYCIN CAPSULES
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use Clindamycin capsules after the wiry date which is stated on the carton and the blister foil.
The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not store above 30degreeC .
Store in the original package in order to protect from light.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste.
Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required.
These measures will help to protect the environment.