Lincomycin

Lincomycin capsules

What are Lincomycin capsules?
LINCOMYCIN (Lincocinreg;) is an antibiotic or antiinfective. It treats serious blood, lung, skin, tissue or pelvic infections caused by bacteria. Generic lincomycin capsules are not available.

What should my health care professional know before I receive Lincomycin?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • diarrhea
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • ulcerative colitis
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to lincomycin, clindamycin, other medicines, food, dyes or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should this medicine be used?
Take lincomycin capsules by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take at regular intervals. It is best to take lincomycin on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating. Take the capsules with a full glass of water. Do not lie down for 1-2 hours after taking lincomycin to avoid irritation to your throat. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Finish the full course of medicine prescribed by your prescriber or health care professional even if you feel better. Do not stop using except on your prescriber’s advice.

What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What drug(s) may interact with Lincomycin?

  • azithromycin
  • chloramphenicol
  • clarithromycin
  • clindamycin
  • erythromycin
  • kaolin
  • oral contraceptives (birth control pills)

Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

What side effects may I notice from receiving Lincomycin?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • difficulty breathing
  • diarrhea that is watery or severe
  • pain on swallowing
  • stomach pain or cramps
  • skin rash
  • unusual bleeding or bruising

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • itching in the rectal area
  • nausea, vomiting

What should I watch for while taking Lincomycin?
Tell your prescriber or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve in a few days.

Call your prescriber or health care professional if you get diarrhea. Do not treat yourself. Some diarrhea medicine will make the diarrhea worse.

If you have to have surgery, tell your prescriber or health care professional that you are taking lincomycin.

Where can I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.

Store at room temperature between 15-30 degrees C (59-86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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Copyright 1996-2014 Cerner Multum, Inc. Version: 16.02.
Revision date: July 5, 2011
Last revised: by David A. Scott, M.D.

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