What is lincomycin hydrochloride used for?
Lincomycin is an antibiotic that fights bacteria. It is commonly used for treating severe bacterial infections. This medicine will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.
Lincomycin may also be used for other purposes, ask your doctor for more information.
How should I take lincomycin hydrochloride?
Lincomycin is given as an injection at your doctor’s office, hospital, or clinic. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
How do I store lincomycin hydrochloride?
Lincomycin hydrochloride is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store lincomycin hydrochloride in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of lincomycin hydrochloride that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush lincomycin hydrochloride down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using lincomycin hydrochloride?
Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:
- You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
- You are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement.
- You have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances.
- You have diarrhea, intestinal problems, liver problems, kidney problems, or asthma.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There isn’t enough information about the safety of using lincomycin hydrochloride during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking lincomycin hydrochloride.
What side effects can occur from lincomycin hydrochloride?
Some side effects may occur when using this drug, such as:
- Abdominal or stomach cramps and pain (severe)
- Abdominal tenderness
- Diarrhea (watery and severe)
- Skin rash, redness, and itching
- Sore throat
- Unusual bleeding and bruising
- Stomach pain
- Itching of rectal or genital (sex organ) areas
- Nervous system
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with lincomycin hydrochloride?
Lincomycin hydrochloride may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
These products may include:
Does food or alcohol interact with lincomycin hydrochloride?
Lincomycin hydrochloride may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with lincomycin hydrochloride?
Lincomycin hydrochloride may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
Especially if you have:
- Intestinal problems
- Liver problems
- Kidney problems
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using lincomycin hydrochloride.
What is the dose of lincomycin hydrochloride for an adult?
Serious infections: The recommended dose is 600 mg IM every 24 hours.
More severe infections: The recommended dose is 600 mg IM every 12 hours or more often.
Serious infections: The recommended dose is 600 to 1000 mg IV every 8 to 12 hours; may need to increase dose for more severe infections.
Life-threatening infections: The recommended dose is up to 8 g IV per day, in divided doses
Maximum dose: The recommended dose is 8 g/day.
Subconjunctival injection: The recommended dose is 75 mg subconjunctivally once.
What is the dose of lincomycin hydrochloride for a child?
1 month of age:
Serious infections: The recommended dose is 10 mg/kg IM every 24 hours.
More severe infections: The recommended dose is 10 mg/kg IM every 12 hours or more often.
The recommended dose is 10 to 20 mg/kg IV per day, in divided doses (as for adults).
How is lincomycin hydrochloride available?
Lincomycin hydrochloride is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
- Vials (2ml, 10ml)
- Tablet 250mg, 500mg
- Capsule 250mg, 500mg
- Syringe 300 mg/2 ml and 600 mg/2 ml
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of lincomycin, call your doctor to find out what to do.
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Review Date: March 25, 2017 | Last Modified: March 25, 2017