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Potentially Serious Problems With Clindamycin

Serious Side Effects

Some clindamycin side effects, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
 
  • Severe or bloody diarrhea (which may occur with any clindamycin product and can occur while taking the medication or even several weeks after stopping it)
 
  • Yellow skin (jaundice), which may be a sign of liver problems
 
  • Low blood pressure or cardiac arrest (usually if the IV form is given too quickly)
 
  • Signs of kidney problems, such as an unexplained decrease in urine production
 
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
 
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing.
 

Final Thoughts on Clindamycin Side Effects

You may experience some or none of the side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking the drug or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to clindamycin, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
 
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