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Clindamycin by Lannett Company

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Trade Names:

Antirobe Aquadrops® Liquid
Antirobe® Capsules
Clinda-Guard™ Liquid
ClindaCure™ Liquid
Clindamycin Hydrochloride Drops
Clindamycin Hydrochloride Oral Drops
ClindaRobe™ Capsules
Clinsol® Liquid
Clintabs® Tablets

General Description:

This drug is an antibiotic that fights bacterial infections. Clindamycin is available in tablets, capsules, and as a liquid.

What is this drug?
  • A broad spectrum lincosamide antibiotic
  • Given by mouth
Reasons for prescribing:
  • To treat oral, deep skin, and bone infections
What dogs/cats should not take this medication?
  • Animals with allergies
  • Animals with liver or kidney disease
  • Animals that may be pregnant or nursing
  • Animals with a known hypersensitivity or allergy to this drug should not take this medication

Read and follow the prescription label carefully.

Give the exact amount prescribed and only as often as directed.

Discuss with your veterinarian if this medication is to be given with food.

Give this medication for as long as your veterinarian directs. Do not skip doses or stop giving the medication without consulting your veterinarian.

Your veterinarian may recommend periodic blood work to assess the kidneys and liver if this medication is given for longer than 30 days.

Dose adjustments may be made based upon these results and an assessment of how your dog or cat is responding clinically.

Call ahead for refills.

Ideally, give medication at the same time(s) daily.

What if a dose is missed?

If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.

What to tell/ask a veterinarian before giving medication?

Talk to your veterinarian about:

  • When your pet will need to be rechecked
  • What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this drug
  • What are the risks and benefits of using this drug

Tell your veterinarian about:

  • If your pet has experienced side-effects on other drugs/products
  • If your pet has experienced digestive upset now or ever
  • If your pet has experienced liver or kidney disease now or ever
  • If your pet has experienced any other medical problems or allergies now or ever
  • All medicines and supplements that you are giving your pet or plan to give your pet, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your pet's medications can be given together.
  • If your pet is pregnant, nursing or if you plan to breed your pet
Storage and Warnings:

Clindamycin hydrochloride should be stored in a childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.

Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.

Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.

Potential side effects:
  • This medication can affect the gastrointestinal system causing decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss
  • If these symptoms persist or you notice anything else unusual, contact your veterinarian
Can this drug be given with other drugs?
  • Yes, but possible interactions may occur when giving clindamycin hydrochloride in conjunction with: chloramphenicol and erythromycin
  • Do not give new food or medications without first talking to your veterinarian
  • If your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian

Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet receives more than the prescribed amount.

What else should I know?

Notify your veterinarian if your animal's condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.

As with all prescribed medicines, clindamycin hydrochloride should only be given to the pet for which it was prescribed.

It should be given only for the condition for which it was prescribed.

This is just a summary of information about clindamycin hydrochloride. If you have any questions or concerns about clindamycin hydrochloride or the condition it was prescribed for, please contact your veterinarian.

(Antirobe, Cleocin)

Common Drug Name

Common Brand Names
Antirobe (veterinary form) Cleocin (human form)
Generic products are available.

Store capsules and oral solution at room temperature in a tight, light resistant childproof container. Once the human-label oral suspension is reconstituted (the powder is mixed with water), store at room temperature (do not refrigerate) and use within 14 days.

Clindamycin is in the lincosamide class of antibiotics, and also kills some protozoa.
Dogs: It is used for the treatment of infections with certain bacteria, especially Staph; and protozoa, including Toxoplasma, Neospora, Babesia, and Hepatozoon.
Cats: It is used for the treatment of infections with certain bacteria and
Ferrets: It is used for the treatment of susceptible infections. 
Do NOT use clindamycin in rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, or hamsters since it will affect the normal bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract and possibly cause a fatal diarrhea.

Dose and Administration
Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian.
Use all of the medication prescribed. If not given the entire course of treatment, the infection may recur or worsen.
Duration of treatment depends on reason for and response to treatment.
If you miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to the regular schedule. Do not give 2 doses at once. 
This medication should only be given to the pet for whom it was prescribed.

Possible Side Effects
May see vomiting, diarrhea, or lack of appetite. Diarrhea may be bloody. Consult your veterinarian if you notice any of these side effects or if your pet does not show signs of improvement or worsens after several days of treatment.
If your pet experiences an allergic reaction to the medication, signs may include facial swelling, hives, scratching, sudden onset of diarrhea, vomiting, shock, seizures, pale gums, cold limbs, or coma. If you observe any of these signs, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Do not use in animals who are hypersensitive (allergic) to lincosamide antibiotics.
Use with caution in animals with liver or kidney disease.
Use with caution in atopic animals (pets with allergies that cause skin problems).
Clindamycin crosses the placenta, and it is advised not to use it in pregnant animals, although no detrimental results to fetuses have been reported.
Use with caution in lactating animals (female animals nursing their young). Clindamycin passes in the mother’s milk, so nursing puppies, kittens, or kits may develop diarrhea.
Use with caution in cats with toxoplasmosis in the lungs.
Consult with your veterinarian regarding the physical examinations and laboratory testing necessary if the medication is used longterm (more than 14 days in cats and ferrets, and 28 days in dogs).

Drug, Food, and Test Interactions
Consult your veterinarian before using clindamycin with vitamins and supplements, erythromycin or chloramphenicol, since interactions may occur.
No known food interactions.

Signs of Toxicity/Overdose
May see vomiting, lack of appetite, weight loss, or diarrhea.
If you know or suspect your pet has had an overdose, or if you observe any of these signs in your pet, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Keep this and all other medications out of the reach of children and pets.

This information may not cover all possible uses, directions, side effects, precautions, allergic reactions, drug interactions, or withdrawal times. Always consult your own veterinarian for specific advice concerning the treatment of your pet.


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