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If you have a bacterial infection, your dose of Cleocin will depend on several factors, such as the particular product, other medications you are taking, and the type and severity of your infection. This prescription medicine comes in several forms, including a lotion, gel, solution, capsule, cream, suppository, and injection. Do not stop taking Cleocin without your healthcare provider's approval.

An Introduction to Dosing With Cleocin

The dose of Cleocin® (clindamycin) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • The type and severity of your infection
  • How you respond to the medication
  • The particular Cleocin product
  • Other medications you are taking
  • Your weight (for children)
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
     
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
 

Cleocin Dosage Guidelines

For acne treatment, Cleocin lotion, gel, or solution are usually applied to the skin once a day. For bacterial vaginosis, Cleocin cream or suppository products are inserted vaginally once daily before bedtime.
 
For Cleocin capsules, the usual dose for adults ranges from 150 mg to 450 mg every six hours, depending on the particular infection. The maximum dosage for the capsules is 1800 mg per day.
 
For the injectable form, typical doses usually range from 1200 mg up to 2700 mg total per day, divided into two to four smaller doses per day. The maximum injectable dosage is 4800 mg per day.
 
For serious infections, Cleocin is often combined with other antibiotics.
 
For preventing endocarditis in at-risk people before certain procedures, the standard Cleocin dosage is 600 mg (either capsule or injectable form) shortly before the procedure. It should be noted that this medication is not officially approved for this use.
 
Dosages of Cleocin for children are calculated based on the child's weight. Make sure your healthcare provider has a current weight for your child.
 
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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
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