Antirobe (Pharmacia and Upjohn), Antirobe Aquadrops (Pharmacia and Upjohn), Cleocin (Pharmacia)
What is this medication used for
Clindamycin is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections caused by susceptible organisms. It is most often used to treat deep wounds, bone infections, abscesses and infections of the mouth.
Clindamycin is a prescription medication available as capsules and oral solution.
How this medicine should be used
Clindamycin is FDA approved for use in dogs only; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to use clindamycin in cats. The usual dose for dogs is 2.5mg-5mg/pound every 12 hours. The usual dose for cats is 5-10mg/pound every 24 hours. The actual length of treatment depends on the specific condition and the response to treatment.
What are the side effects
The side effects of clindamycin may include vomiting and diarrhea.
What special precautions are there
This medication should not be used in animals allergic to it or lincomycin. Use with caution when given with neuromuscular blocking agents (usually administered pre-op). Do not use in animals with kidney or liver disease. Clindamycin may be given with or without food. Nursing puppies or kittens may develop diarrhea since the medication passes in the milk. Periodic liver and kidney tests should be performed if the pet is on this medication for more than one month.
In the event of an overdose
Contact your veterinarian or veterinary emergency room. Symptoms of overdose may include vomiting, loss of appetite, and weight loss.
How should I store this medication
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed. Store medication at room temperature, away from excess heat, light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Keep out of the reach of children and pets.