Generic Cleocin

As most of the patents for brand-name Cleocin products have expired, there are several generic versions of this medication available. Generic Cleocin is available in the form of capsules, vaginal cream, skin products, solutions, granules, and injections. However, there are no generic versions of the Cleocin HCl 75 mg capsules or the vaginal ovules.

Can I Buy Generic Cleocin?

Cleocin® (clindamycin) is a prescription antibiotic. It comes in several different forms and is used for a variety of different uses.
Brand-name Cleocin products are made by Pfizer, Inc. The patents for these medications have expired, and most are available in generic form.

Generic Cleocin Products

The following generic Cleocin products are available:
  • Clindamycin hydrochloride 150 mg capsules
  • Clindamycin hydrochloride HCl 300 mg capsules
  • Clindamycin phosphate 2% vaginal cream
  • Clindamycin phosphate 1% gel (for the skin)
  • Clindamycin phosphate 1% lotion (for the skin)
  • Clindamycin phosphate 1% solution (for the skin)
  • Clindamycin phosphate injection
  • Clindamycin pediatric granules for oral solution 75 mg per 5 mL.


The following Cleocin products are not available in generic form:
  • Cleocin HCl 75 mg capsules  
  • Cleocin 100 mg vaginal ovules.
At this time, it is unclear why no manufacturers have chosen to make a generic version of Cleocin HCl 75 mg capsules. Perhaps it is not financially feasible to do so. There is still one patent listed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Cleocin vaginal ovules, so it is possible that this particular product is protected from generic competition. The patent is currently set to expire in July 2020.
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