Can You Take Too Much Clindamycin?
is a prescription antibiotic. It is probably possible to overdose on clindamycin, although it is not clear exactly what to expect from an overdose. The specific effects would likely vary, depending on a number of factors, including the clindamycin dosage
, the particular form of the medication, and whether it was taken with any other medications or substances.
Seek immediate medical attention if you or someone else may have intentionally or accidentally taken too much clindamycin.
Effects of an Overdose With Clindamycin
In rats and mice, clindamycin overdoses were lethal. In the mice, seizures
were seen. It does appear, however, that overdoses are not particularly toxic to humans. It should be noted that an overdose of lincomycin, a similar antibiotic, has caused cardiac arrest. When clindamycin is administered intravenously (by IV), it can cause dangerously low blood pressure
or cardiac arrest if it is given too quickly. It is unknown if similar problems are also possible in the case of an overdose.
Treatment for a Clindamycin Overdose
If the overdose was taken by mouth, a healthcare provider may "pump the stomach" or administer certain medications to absorb the medication in the digestive tract, although this is not always necessary. Treatment will also involve supportive care, which consists of treating the symptoms that occur as a result of the clindamycin overdose.