Clindamycin Hydrochloride Drops (Clindamycin)
What is Clindamycin Hydrochloride Drops (Clindamycin) used for?
Clindamycin Hydrochloride Drops (Clindamycin) is a topical antibiotic prescribed for the treatment of bacterial skin infections affecting dogs or cats. The medication operates by preventing or slowing the reproduction of bacteria cells allowing the immune system to eliminate the infection. It is commonly used to treat skin infections caused by staphylococci bacteria or for the cleaning of deep wounds or abscesses to reduce irritation, pain, and swelling. The veterinarian may also prescribe this medication for the treatment of other conditions that are not listed here.
How should I use Clindamycin Hydrochloride Drops (Clindamycin)?
Always follow the veterinarian's instructions while using Clindamycin Hydrochloride Drops (Clindamycin) to get the best results from treatment. The normal dosage is two daily administrations to the affected area of 2.5-15 mg per pound of body weight for a period of treatment lasting up to 28 days. These should be administered directly to the affected area and may be applied using a cotton swab. Thoroughly wash your hands following each administration to prevent the medication from prolonged exposure to your own skin or contact with the mucous membranes. Do not stop applying the medicine before being instructed to do so, even if the animal's symptoms seem to have disappeared, as the infection may not be gone and can return stronger or more resistant to treatment. Always ask the veterinarian any questions you have about using the medication to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Clindamycin Hydrochloride Drops (Clindamycin)?
The use of Clindamycin Hydrochloride Drops (Clindamycin) may cause side effects in some pets such as:
Stop using the medication and contact the veterinarian as soon as possible if any serious or worrying side effects occur including intense diarrhea that is bloody or watery, severe skin irritation, or signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, rashes, swelling, or difficulty breathing. These conditions may require reduced doses, reduced frequency of administration, or immediate medical attention in serious or life threatening cases to prevent further complications from occurring.
Clindamycin Hydrochloride Drops (Clindamycin) should only be used to treat dogs or cats and should not be administered to other types of animals or humans. It is suggested to bring your pet in for a medical check before beginning the use of this medication to ensure it does not have any underlying health conditions that may cause unexpected health problems during treatment.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by the veterinarian while using Clindamycin Hydrochloride Drops (Clindamycin). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the animal and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain pets, it is essential you always inform the veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or nursing, as well as if it has any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if it is taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if your pet has an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.