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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Is Clyndamycin safe for an elderly man?

Is Clyndamycin okay for an elderly person ( 96 yo) who could be seen at risk for CDIF? He is not in a hospital or Nursing HOme - he still walks, takes Eloquis etc. He has an infection in a cyst and his PCP has prescribed it but we have been warned about CDIF . He sees a dermatologist soon to have the cyst removed. thanks
Tue, 27 Feb 2018
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Hi & Welcome.
Yes, it may be given under close monitoring.

Clostridium difficile induced diarrhea has been associated with the use of nearly all antibacterial agents, including Clindamycin and may range in severity from mild diarrhea to fatal colitis.

Clindamycin can be given safely to elderly person under careful monitoring for change in bowel frequency. He should consult his treating PCP if he gets three or more watery stools a day and symptoms lasting more than two days or if he developes fever, severe abdominal pain or cramping, or blood in the stool.

There's no harmful interaction between the antiobitoic Clindamycin and 'blood thinner' Eloquis hence can be given as prescribed.

Hope these answer your queries.
Best regards.
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