Lincomycin - Drug Information

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General Information on Lincomycin

Generic Name : Lincomycin

Pronunciation : LIN-koe-MYE-sin

Latest prescription information about Lincomycin. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y40.8 | Therapeutic Classification : Antibiotics

Why is Lincomycin Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a lincosamide antibiotic, prescribed for certain types of bacterial infections.  It stops the production of essential proteins that block bacterial surveillance.

When should Lincomycin not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category C :

Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus and there are no appropriate studies in pregnant women, but potential benefits may allow the use of the drug in pregnant women despite the potential for risks.

What is the dosage of Lincomycin?

Adult: PO- Serious anaerobic infections- 500 mg 3-4 times/day.
IV- Serious anaerobic infections- 0.6-1 g 2-3 times/day. Max: 8 g/day.
IM- Serious anaerobic infections- 600 mg 1-2 times/day. Max: 8 g/day.
Topical- Acne- As 2% gel: Apply as directed.
Subconjunctival- Serious anerobic infections- in dose equiv to 75 mg.

How should Lincomycin be taken?

It comes in various forms such as injection, syrup, capsules, gel to be taken as directed by a physician.

What are the warnings and precautions for Lincomycin?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of gastrointestinal disease, liver, kidney problems, any allergy, asthma, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
• Take full course of treatment.
• Avoid long-term use of this medication; otherwise it will cause secondary infection.

What are the side effects of Lincomycin?

  Gastrointestinal: Inflammation of tongue/mouth/colon, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and itching in anus.
  Blood: Decreased blood cell counts.
  Hypersensitivity: Swelling in the extremities.
  Skin: Skin rash, hives and vaginal inflammation.
  Liver: Jaundice and abnormal liver function tests.
  Genitourinary: Elevation of blood urea nitrogen, low output of urine and/or protein in urine.
  Heart: Low blood pressure.

What are the other precautions for Lincomycin?

Monitor complete blood counts, liver and kidney functions regularly while taking this medication.

What are the storage conditions of Lincomycin?

Oral, Injection, Subconjunctival: Store this medication in controlled room temperature (20-25°C).

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