Cleocin Phosphate


What is Cleocin Phosphate?

Common Brand(s): Cleocin

This medication is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.

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

This medication should not be used to treat meningitis.


  • inhaled anthrax
  • gastrointestinal anthrax
  • anthrax septicemia
  • meningitis due to anthrax
  • erysipelas
  • streptococcal septicemia
  • staphylococcal septicemia
  • sepsis caused by anaerobic bacteria
  • actinomycosis
  • gas gangrene caused by Clostridium perfringens
  • Clostridium perfringens empyema
  • babesiosis
  • toxoplasmosis
  • Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia
  • prevention of bacterial endocarditis
  • pneumococcal pneumonia
  • streptococcal pneumonia
  • staphylococcal pneumonia
  • anaerobic pneumonia
  • anaerobic lung abscess
  • diverticulitis of gastrointestinal tract
  • anaerobic peritonitis
  • intra-abdominal anaerobic abscess
  • anaerobic tubo-ovarian abscess
  • anaerobic pelvic cellulitis
  • anaerobic endometritis
  • postsurgical vaginal cuff anaerobic infections
  • Staphylococcus aureus skin and skin structure infection
  • skin and skin structure Streptococcus pyogenes infection
  • skin and skin structure anaerobic infection
  • anaerobic joint infection
  • Staphylococcus aureus osteomyelitis
  • cutaneous anthrax
  • encephalitis due to toxoplasmosis
  • pediatric fever without a source
  • acquired immunodeficiency syndrome with toxoplasmosis
  • diabetic foot infection
  • severe malaria

Usage Instructions

This medication is given by injection into a vein or muscle as directed by your doctor, usually 2 to 4 times a day. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. In children, the dosage is also based on weight.

If you are giving this medication to yourself at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.

Give ampicillin, phenytoin, barbiturates (such as phenobarbital), aminophylline, calcium gluconate, and magnesium sulfate separately from clindamycin. Do not mix together in the same IV fluid.

Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. Therefore, use this drug at evenly spaced intervals.

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

Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.


Consult the product instructions and your pharmacist for storage details. 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.