Lincomycin - Drug InformationGeneric Name : Lincomycin | Pronunciation : LIN-koe-MYE-sin
Why it is 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 it is not to be taken (Contraindications):Hypersensitivity.
Pregnancy Category :
Category C :Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Dosage & When it is to be taken :
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 it should be taken :It comes in various forms such as injection, syrup, capsules, gel to be taken as directed by a physician.
Warnings and Precautions :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.
Side Effects :
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.