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What is Dalacin C?
Dalacin C is an antibiotic that contains the active ingredient clindamycin. Clindamycin kills a wide range of bacteria and parasites by preventing them from producing proteins that are essential to them. Without these proteins the bacteria and parasites cannot grow, replicate and increase in numbers. This treats the infection and reduces symptoms such as pain and fever. Dalacin C can be used in people who are allergic to penicillin and is usually reserved for treating infections when treatment with other antibiotics has not been effective. Dalacin C is a prescription-only medicine.
What is Dalacin C used for?
Dalacin C is used for treating bacterial infections and infections with certain parasites, including:
- Pneumonia, sinus infection, acute bronchitis and other respiratory infections;
- Skin infections;
- Infections of the bone and joints;
- Infections of the abdominal cavity;
- Bacterial vaginosis.
How to use Dalacin C
Dalacin C capsules should be swallowed whole with a full glass of water. They should be taken at the same time each day to avoid missing any doses. Dalacin C can be taken with or without food. It is important to finish the entire course, even if you feel better. Stopping too soon may cause the infection to return. Dalacin C is usually prescribed as a 7 to 14-day course. For more information, see the package leaflet.
Dalacin C is available in two strengths: 150 mg and 300 mg. Strength, length of treatment and daily dose must be determined by a doctor. For most infections the recommended adult dose is:
- 150 to 450 mg every six hours.
Children may need to be given an adjusted dose. Do not exceed the recommended dose and read the package leaflet closely before use.
Medicines may cause side effects. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with Dalacin C:
- Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, stomach ache, vomiting, diarrhoea). Consult a doctor if you experience severe diarrhoea;
- Fungal infection of the mucous membranes (vagina, mouth). Consult a doctor if you experience this side effect;
- Skin reactions such as rash and itching.
For more information on possible side effects, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Dalacin C
Dalacin C is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to clindamycin or any other ingredient in this medicine;
- You are taking a broad-spectrum antibiotic called erythromycin.
Consult a doctor on the use of this medicine if you have a history of inflammation of the large intestine, a decreased kidney of liver function or are sensitive to allergies. Be sure to inform your doctor of any medicines you are taking to avoid drug interactions. The doctor will have a list of medicines that you should avoid mixing Dalacin C with.
Dalacin C should be used with caution and only under medical supervision in women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy. Dalacin C should not be used by breastfeeding women unless otherwise advised by a doctor. Dalacin C does not interact with alcohol or affect your ability to drive safely.