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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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What are the alternative medicines of Clindamycin?

What antibiotics can be used as an alternative to clindamycin? I am allergic to penicillin and many of the 'mycin' drugs. I have had what was called z-pack (the time release med) and didn't have problems with it. It was prescribed due to an irrigation of an abcessed tooth. I take meds for ulcerative colitis and fear, after reading about the clindamycin, it is not going to work well. I sm going out of town tomorrow for several days and don't want to have to worry about the possibility of extreme diarrhea. Alternative suggestions, PLEASE.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016
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I have gone through your query and can understand your concerns..

As per your complain diarrhea can occur as a side effect with any of the antibiotics as antibiotics can disrupt the good bacteria of intestines along with harmful bacteria leading to disturbances in the functioning of intestines..

You can take Cephalosporin group of antibiotics checked by a Physician that it does not cause adverse effects and your body is compatible with it..

It is however temporary side effect and will resolve once the antibiotic intake is stopped..
I would suggest you to take proton pump inhibitor like Pantoprazole or Omeprazole empty stomach in the morning till you are taking antibiotics..
You should also take plenty of fluids and oral rehydration solution..
Take Loperamide or Furazolidone to control loose motions..
Take more of probiotics like Yoghurt as it will help in retaining god bacteria..
Take more of cereals, banana, yoghurt and rice in diet..
In case if the symptoms worsen consult your treating physician and get evaluated..

Hope this helps..

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