Clindamycin is a type of antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections. It works by stopping the growth and spread of bacteria in your body. Clindamycin may be used to treat a variety of different types of bacterial infections, including some that are caused by germs that can cause earaches or sinus infections, such as gonorrhea or streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat). Clindamycin is also used to treat certain sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as chlamydia and hepatitis B infection caused by hepatitis B virus; however, you should check with your doctor before taking clindamycin if you have kidney problems, history of kidney stones or are currently taking NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen).
The following conditions may be treated with clindamycin:
- Infections caused by certain types of bacteria such as gonorrhea and pneumonia (respiratory infections)
- Bacterial vaginosis (BV)