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Generic name: lincomycin [LIN-koe-mye-sin]
Drug class: Lincomycin derivatives

What is Lincocin?

Lincocin, an antibacterial, is used for severe bacterial infections when penicillin is not effective.Lincocin should only be used for severe infections. Lincocin does not treat a virus infection, such as the cold.Lincocin can also be used in other ways not mentioned in this guide.

Side effects of Lincocin

If you experience symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as hives, difficulty breathing, swelling on your face or in your throat, or a severe reaction to the skin (fever or sore throat with burning eyes, skin irritation, blistered and peeling skin, or red or purple rash), seek emergency medical attention.The overgrowth of bacteria that are normally harmless in the intestines can be caused by antibiotic medicine. Even months after the last dose of antibiotics, this can cause mild to severe diarrhoea. Untreated, this condition can cause life-threatening intestinal issues.

Lincocin can cause serious side effects. If you experience:

  • Severe stomach pain or diarrhea that is bloody or watery (even months after the last dose);
  • Little or no urination
  • Blisters or ulcers on your lips, red or swollen gingivae, difficulty swallowing
  • Jaundice
  • Low blood cell count—fever and chills; tiredness; skin sores. Easy bruising. Unusual bleeding. Pale skin. Cold hands and feet. Feeling light-headed.

This medication can cause diarrhoea in older adults, those with a medical condition, or those who are debilitated.

Side effects that are common include:

  • Diarrhoea, stomach pain;
  • Nausea, vomiting, swollen, or painful tongue;
  • Vaginal itching or discharge
  • Itching and rash that is mild
  • Ringing in the ears

There may be other side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report adverse effects, you can contact the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Similar/related drugs

Amoxicillin, Doxycycline, Ciprofloxacin, Ciprofloxacin for ophthalmic use, Cephalexin, Azthromycin, and the ophthalmic form of azithromycin


Antibiotics can lead to an overgrowth of bacteria that are normally harmless in the intestines. It can cause mild to severe diarrhoea months after you have taken your last dose of antibiotics. If you experience diarrhoea after or during your Lincocin treatment, call your doctor immediately.Stop using Lincocin if you have bloody or watery diarrhea. Call your doctor immediately. Never take anti-diarrhea medication unless you are told to by your doctor. If you stop the diarrhoea, it can worsen an intestinal infection.

Before you take this drug

Lincocin should not be used if you have an allergy to Lincocin or Clindamycin.

Tell your doctor before you receive Lincocin if you've had a history of an intestinal disorder, such as colitis ulcerative.

Tell your doctor about any of the following:

  • Asthma;
  • Colitis is an example of a digestive disorder.
  • Allergies severe;
  • Liver or kidney disease

Lincocin is not known to harm an unborn child. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant.Breast-feeding may not be possible while taking this medication. You should consult your doctor if you are concerned about any risks.

How to take Lincocin?

Lincocin can be injected directly into the muscle or infused into a vein. Your healthcare provider may give you your first dose and teach you how to use it properly.Lincocin is injected slowly into the vein and can take up to an hour.Lincocin can be injected into the eye. Before giving you the injection, your doctor will first use an eye-numbing medicine. This injection will be given in your doctor's clinic or office.Continue to take the medication even if you start feeling better right away. If you miss doses, it is possible to develop an infection that will not respond to medication. Lincocin does not treat viral infections such as the flu and a common cold.Diarrhoea that occurs during or shortly after Lincocin treatment should be reported to your doctor immediately.You may need to undergo frequent medical tests if you are using this medication long-term. Tell your surgeon if you plan to undergo surgery.Store it away from heat and at room temperature.Only use a needle or syringe once, and then store them in an "as sharps" container that is puncture-proof. Be sure to follow local or state laws on how to properly dispose of the container. Keep the container out of reach of pets and children.

What happens if I miss the dose?

If you miss a dosage, call your doctor to get instructions.

What happens if I overdose?

For poison assistance, call 1-800-222-1222 or get immediate medical help.

What should be avoided?

Antibiotics can cause diarrhea. This could be an indication of a new illness. Call your doctor if you experience diarrhoea that is bloody or watery before taking anti-diarrhoea medication. An intestinal infection can worsen if you stop the diarrhoea.

Interaction with other drug

Lincocin may be affected by other drugs, such as vitamins and herbal products.Tell your doctor about all medications you take, including those you start or stop using.