The oral forms of clindamycin actually contain clindamycin hydrochloride (Cleocin®). The other forms (such as the IV form, skin products, and vaginal products) come in the phosphate form. Clindamycin hydrochloride is a type of antibiotic used to treat a variety of different infections.
As a lincosamide antibiotic, the medication works by interfering with the bacteria's ability to make proteins. Without these proteins, bacteria are unable to grow and multiply.
A few different clindamycin hydrochloride products are currently available, including:
Cleocin Hydrochloride Capsule [package insert]. New York, NY: Pfizer, Inc.;2007 June.
Cleocin Phosphate Injection Solution [package insert]. New York, NY: Pfizer, Inc.;2005 November.
Cleocin Vaginal Ovules [package insert]. New York, NY: Pfizer, Inc.;2005 November.
Clindamycin Phosphate Solution, Gel, and Lotion [package insert]. Melville, NY: E. Fougera & Co.;2005 February.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed April 10, 2009.
Clindamycin. Drug Facts and Comparisons. Drug Facts and Comparisons 4.0 [online]. 2009. Available from Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. Accessed April 10, 2009.
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