What is Cleocin?

Common Brand(s): Cleocin

Clindamycin is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. It is an antibiotic that works by stopping the growth of bacteria.

This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for virus infections (such as common cold, flu). Using any antibiotic when it is not needed can cause it to not work for future infections.


  • inhaled anthrax
  • gastrointestinal anthrax
  • post-exposure anthrax prevention
  • sepsis caused by anaerobic bacteria
  • bacterial sepsis
  • actinomycosis
  • chloroquine-resistant Plasmodium falciparum malaria
  • babesiosis
  • toxoplasmosis
  • Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia
  • acute bacterial otitis media
  • prevention of bacterial endocarditis
  • acute Streptococcus pneumoniae bacterial sinusitis
  • sinusitis
  • pneumococcal pneumonia
  • streptococcal pneumonia
  • staphylococcal pneumonia
  • anaerobic pneumonia
  • pleural empyema
  • anaerobic lung abscess
  • anaerobic peritonitis
  • intra-abdominal anaerobic abscess
  • infectious disease of abdomen
  • anaerobic tubo-ovarian abscess
  • anaerobic pelvic cellulitis
  • inflammatory disease of female pelvic organs
  • Bacteroides endomyometritis
  • Gardnerella vaginalis bacterial vaginosis
  • postsurgical vaginal cuff anaerobic infections
  • skin and skin structure infection
  • Staphylococcus aureus skin and skin structure infection
  • skin and skin structure Streptococcus pyogenes infection
  • skin and skin structure anaerobic infection
  • acne vulgaris
  • acute streptococcal pyogenes bacterial sinusitis
  • cutaneous anthrax
  • acute staphylococcal bacterial sinusitis
  • encephalitis due to toxoplasmosis
  • diabetic foot infection due to gram-positive bacteria
  • acquired immunodeficiency syndrome with toxoplasmosis
  • severe malaria

Usage Instructions

Take this medication by mouth with or without food, usually 4 times a day (every 6 hours), or as directed by your doctor. Take it with a full glass of water (8 ounces or 240 milliliters) unless your doctor directs you otherwise. Do not lie down for at least 10 minutes after taking this medication.

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. In children, the dose is also based on weight.

For the best effect, take this antibiotic at evenly spaced times. To help you remember, take this medication at the same time(s) every day.

Continue to take this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may result in a return of the infection.

Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.


Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.