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Lincomycin

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By Medicover Hospitals / 17 Dec 2020
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What is Lincomycin?

Lincomycin is an antibiotic which is used to treat several bacterial infections. Lincomycin is used only for severe infection. This medication will not treat viral infection such as common cold and flu. Lincomycin helps in killing bacteria by interfering with the ability of bacteria to produce essential proteins necessary for them to survive.

  1. Lincomycin Uses
  2. Lincomycin Side Effects
  3. Precautions
  4. Lincomycin Warnings
  5. Frequently Asked Questions
  6. Citations

Lincomycin Uses:

  • Lincomycin is used to treat bacterial infections.
  • Lincomycin is used for treating infections of the skin like acne and soft tissues.
  • Lincomycin is also used for post-operative infections.
  • Lincomycin helps in stopping bacteria from growing and also prevents the infection from growing.

Lincomycin Side Effects:

Some of the common side effects of Lincomycin are:

  • Stomach pain
  • Vomiting
  • Vaginal itching or discharge
  • Mild itching or rash
  • Dizziness

Some of the serious side effects of Lincomycin are:

  • Severe stomach pain
  • Blisters or ulcers in the mouth
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Jaundice

If you have any of these serious symptoms immediately contact your doctor for further assistance. In any case, due to Lincomycin if you get any kind of reactions in your body try avoiding it.

A doctor advised you to take the medicines by seeing your problems and the benefits of this medicine are greater than the side effects. Majority of the people who use this medicine don’t show any side effects. Get medical help immediately if you get any serious Lincomycin side effects.

Precautions:

Before taking Lincomycin, talk to your doctor if you’re allergic to any medications. Lincomycin may contain some inactive ingredients which can cause allergic reactions or any other problems.

Talk to your doctor if you are having the following problems:

  • Kidney disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Stomach Disease
  • Asthma
  • Severe allergies

How to take Lincomycin?

Lincomycin is injected in the muscle or as an infusion into the vein. The doctor will give you the first dose and will say you about the proper use of Lincomycin. Lincomycin should be injected slowly in the vein, the infusion will take 1 hour to complete. The medicine should be taken for the prescribed length of time, even if your symptoms are improving quickly.

Dosage:

Forms- Lincomycin injection (300 mg/mL)

  • Intramuscular Adults:Injected 600 mg every 24 hours. For severe infections, 600 mg injected in every 12 hours.
  • Pediatric Patients:Patients of 1 month or older can be injected 10 mg/kg every 24 hours. In serious infections, 10 mg/ kg can be given every 12 hours.
  • IV Adults:600 mg in every 8 to 12 hours.

Missed dose:

The skipped dose causes no problem. But with some medication, it won’t work if you don’t take the dosage on time. If you miss a dose some sudden chemical change may affect your body. In some cases, your doctor would advise you to take the prescribed medicine as soon as possible if you have missed the dose.

Overdose:

Overdose of a drug can be accidental. If you have taken more than the prescribed Lincomycin tablets there is a chance of getting a harmful effect on your body’s functions. Overdose of a medicine can lead to some medical emergency.

Warnings for serious health conditions:

Pregnancy:

There is no proper study on Lincomycin if it is safe for pregnant women or not.

Breastfeeding:

Lincomycin can excrete small amounts to breasts milk. So proper caution should be taken if you’re breastfeeding.

Storage:

Direct contact with heat, air and light may damage your medicines. The exposure of medicine may cause some harmful effects. The medicine must be kept in a safe place and out of children’s reach.

Mainly the drug should be kept at room temperature between 68ºF and 77ºF (20ºC and 25ºC).

Before taking Lincomycin consult your Doctor. In case if you face any problems or get any side effects after taking Lincomycin, rush immediately to your nearby hospital or consult your doctor for better treatment. Carry your medications always in your bag while travelling to avoid any immediate emergencies. Follow your prescription and follow your Doctor advice whenever you take Lincomycin.

Lincomycin vs Clindamycin

Lincomycin Clindamycin
Lincomycin is an antibiotic which is used to treat several bacterial infections. It is used only for severe infection. This medication will not treat viral infection such as common cold and flu. Clindamycin is an antibiotic. People use antibiotics to treat bacterial infections. Antibiotics, including clindamycin, do not work against virus-related infections.
It is used to treat bacterial infections. Clindamycin is also sometimes used to treat acne and is used with other medicines to treat anthrax and malaria.
It is used for treating infections of the skin like acne and soft tissues. Sometimes it is used to treat ear infections, tonsillitis, pharyngitis, and toxoplasmosis when these conditions cannot be treated with other medicines.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • It is used to treat bacterial infections.
  • It is used for treating infections of the skin like acne and soft tissues.
  • Lincomycin is also used for post-operative infections.
  • It helps in stopping bacteria from growing and also prevents the infection from growing.
Lincomycin is a narrow-spectrum antibiotic which works against Gram-positive and cell wall-less bacteria.
Some of the serious Lincomycin side effects are:
  • Severe stomach pain.
  • Blisters or ulcers in the mouth.
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Low blood cell counts
Lincomycin and Clindamycin are bacteriostatic and inhibit protein synthesis.

Citations:

  • Lincomycin, https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00253-003-1545-7"
  • Lincomycin Side Effects,https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0038092X05001015
  • Lincomycin Tablets, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00032719608000803