Your healthcare provider will recommend a dose of clindamycin based on several factors, such as the type and severity of your infection, the particular product, and other medical conditions you may have. Dosages for children are calculated based on weight. It is important to not miss a dose or stop taking this antibiotic earlier than your healthcare provider recommends, as bacterial resistance may develop.
The dose of clindamycin your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The particular clindamycin product
- The type and severity of your infection
- How you respond to the medication
- Other medications you are taking
- Your weight (for children)
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
For clindamycin capsules, the usual dosage for adults ranges from 150 mg to 450 mg every six hours, depending on the particular infection. For the injectable form, typical doses range from 1200 mg up to 2700 mg total per day, divided into two to four smaller doses per day. The maximum capsule dosage is 1800 mg per day; the maximum injectable dosage is 4800 mg per day. For serious infections, clindamycin is often combined with other antibiotics.
For acne treatment, lotion, gel, foam, or solution clindamycin products are usually applied to the skin once a day. For bacterial vaginosis, cream or suppository clindamycin products are inserted vaginally once daily before bedtime.
For preventing endocarditis in some at-risk patients before certain procedures, the recommended dose of clindamycin is 600 mg (either capsule or injectable form) shortly before the procedure. It should be noted that the medication is not officially approved for this use.
Amounts for children are calculated based on weight.