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Are Clindamycin And Clarithromycin Different From Each Other?

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Posted on Wed, 8 Nov 2017
Question: I have been prescribed clarithromycin because I am allergic to clindomycin and amoxicillin. Is it different to clindomycin?
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (30 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
it is a different class of antibiotic, totally different drug family

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

These are different types of antibiotics, they belong to different drug classes.

Amoxicillin is a penicillin antibiotic

Clarithromycin is macrolide.

Clindamycin is a lincosamide.

Different classes of antibiotics have a different structure, mechanism of action, types of bacteria that they are effective against, different side effects, dosing.

I hope this helps,, feel free to ask any other questions
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Are Clindamycin And Clarithromycin Different From Each Other?

Brief Answer: it is a different class of antibiotic, totally different drug family Detailed Answer: HI, thanks for using healthcare magic These are different types of antibiotics, they belong to different drug classes. Amoxicillin is a penicillin antibiotic Clarithromycin is macrolide. Clindamycin is a lincosamide. Different classes of antibiotics have a different structure, mechanism of action, types of bacteria that they are effective against, different side effects, dosing. I hope this helps,, feel free to ask any other questions