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12.19 Clindamycin (Cleocin)

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Generic Name

Clindamycin

Trade Name

Cleocin

Indication

Skin infections, respiratory tract infections, septicemia, intra-abdominal infections,
osteomyelitis

Action

Bacteriostatic: inhibits protein synthesis

Therapeutic Class

Anti-infectives

Pharmacologic Class

Lincosamide

Nursing Considerations

• Arrhythmias, pseudomembranous colitis, diarrhea, phlebitis
• Monitor bowel function
• Assess for infection, obtain cultures prior to therapy
• Monitor liver function tests
• Monitor CBC

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