Clindamycin is used to treat serious MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) infections. Advanced infections occur when this infection was not diagnosed early and spreads in the body.
Physicians choose this antibiotic after determining the strain that will respond to treatment with clindamycin. MRSA is a bacteria infection that is resistant to many antibiotics, but not all antibiotics.
Treatment is most effective when administered after early diagnosis.
Clindamycin can be used to treat a MRSA infection. Doses can be applied topically, administered orally, or intravenously. Treatment will depend on the location of the infection and how serious it is. It’s important to follow the dosage instructions and take the complete course of antibiotics to avoid a more serious infection. Clindamycin is used to treat CA-MRSA (community acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). It is useful in treating soft tissue, bone, and joint infections. Early treatment prevents the infection from causing permanent damage and prevents it from spreading.
This antibiotic must be prescribed by a healthcare professional. Unfortunately clindamycin resistant bacteria are being found on the west coast and spreading east. The trade names, that Clindamycin is known by includes the following:
- Duac (combination product)
- BenzaClin (combination product)
- Clindoxyl (combination product)
- Acanya (combination product)
- Ziana (combination product)
In addition to MRSA, the antibiotic, clindamycin is also used to treat the following:
- Severe acne
- Toxic Shock Syndrome
Clindamycin may be chosen for treatment for children and pregnant women.
Allergic To Clindamycin
MRSA sufferers who are allergic to clindamycin or lincomycin (Bactramycin, L-Mycin, Lincocin) cannot be treated with this antibiotic. Sufferers with kidney disease, liver disease, an intestinal (colitis, Crohn’s disease) or a history of asthma, eczema, or allergic skin reaction may not be candidates for treatment with clindamycin. Proper monitoring of side effects will be required during treatment because some side effects like diarrhea may be a sign of a new or worsening infection. Other side effects include the following:
- Watery or bloody diarrhea
- Minimal or no urination
- Flu like symptoms
- Skin rash with severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness
- Bruising and excessive bleeding
- Fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash
Serious effects include change in bowel movements, nausea, severe stomach ache, joint pain, vaginal itching or discharge, irritation in throat, or skin rash with itching. A healthcare professional should be contacted to evaluate any side effects.
Even when MRSA is treated with surgery, antibiotic treatment will still be needed. There are alternative antibiotics that are used to treat this bacterium depending on the promptness of diagnosis and the type of strain that a person is infected with. The best way to avoid an infection is to avoid the direct contact with people who have an infection, a surface that has been bacteria on it, and to maintain a strong immune system.
Knowing the MRSA Symptoms and signs of will help you to get an early diagnosis so that antibiotic treatment can be started with clindamycin or other antibiotic.