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Dalacin C

Dalacin C is a prescription-only antibiotic medicine that can treat serious bacterial infections of the blood, skin, etc. The medical term for Dalacin C is a bacteriostatic antibiotic.  Antibiotics are very commonly used to treat bacterial infections. They are not used to treat viral infections (colds, flu, sore throats). This form of medication prevents bacteria from spreading through the body by killing it or preventing its growth. The immune system can then destroy any remaining bacteria, which treats and destroys the infection. Antibiotics are usually prescribed when a doctor believes a bacterial infection is getting worse or is unlikely to clear up with other treatments.  Dalacin C is the brand name for clindamycin hydrochloride which kills bacteria  by stopping them from producing the proteins that they need to survive. Without these proteins, the bacteria’s growth is prevented so they cannot multiply.   Clindamycin hydrochloride belongs to the lincosamide group of medicines, which inhibit the growth of bacteria.  Bacteria are also referred to as germs. You cannot see bacteria, but they exist everywhere and they can exist in many different circumstances. Even though you cannot see them, bacteria cells can be extremely powerful and harmful. They can live inside the body and on surfaces.  There are different forms of bacteria, some are helpful to the body and some not. Good bacteria help us digest food, kill cells that can cause diseases and provide the body with vitamins. But bad bacteria, known as pathogenic bacteria, can reproduce in the body and give off toxins. These toxins can damage tissue and cause illness and disease.  Parasites are different from bacteria as they live on or off of their host (the human body). To survive they need a living host, they cannot survive alone as bacteria can.   Dalacin C can be used to fight harmful bacteria and parasites. If they cannot reproduce then the pain, fever and infection caused by a bacterial infection are reduced.  This medicine is sometimes used if treatment with other forms of antibiotics has not worked and can be used for people who are allergic to penicillin.  Penicillin is a commonly used antibiotic to also treat bacterial infections, but some people are allergic to it. If this is the case then Dalacin C can be used.  

Dalacin C is an antibiotic medicine that comes in the form of tablets. It is used to treat severe bacterial infections, often when another antibiotic medication has not been successful or if a person is allergic to penicillin.  

This medication contains the active ingredient clindamycin hydrochloride. It is suitable for adults and children over one month of age, but must only be taken as advised by a doctor. 

What is Dalacin C? 

Dalacin C is a prescription-only antibiotic medicine that can treat serious bacterial infections of the blood, skin, etc. The medical term for Dalacin C is a bacteriostatic antibiotic. 

Antibiotics are very commonly used to treat bacterial infections. They are not used to treat viral infections (colds, flu, sore throats). This form of medication prevents bacteria from spreading through the body by killing it or preventing its growth. The immune system can then destroy any remaining bacteria, which treats and destroys the infection. Antibiotics are usually prescribed when a doctor believes a bacterial infection is getting worse or is unlikely to clear up with other treatments. 

Dalacin C is the brand name for clindamycin hydrochloride which kills bacteria  by stopping them from producing the proteins that they need to survive. Without these proteins, the bacteria’s growth is prevented so they cannot multiply.  

Clindamycin hydrochloride belongs to the lincosamide group of medicines, which inhibit the growth of bacteria. 

Bacteria are also referred to as germs. You cannot see bacteria, but they exist everywhere and they can exist in many different circumstances. Even though you cannot see them, bacteria cells can be extremely powerful and harmful. They can live inside the body and on surfaces. 

There are different forms of bacteria, some are helpful to the body and some not. Good bacteria help us digest food, kill cells that can cause diseases and provide the body with vitamins. But bad bacteria, known as pathogenic bacteria, can reproduce in the body and give off toxins. These toxins can damage tissue and cause illness and disease. 

Parasites are different from bacteria as they live on or off of their host (the human body). To survive they need a living host, they cannot survive alone as bacteria can.  

Dalacin C can be used to fight harmful bacteria and parasites. If they cannot reproduce then the pain, fever and infection caused by a bacterial infection are reduced. 

This medicine is sometimes used if treatment with other forms of antibiotics has not worked and can be used for people who are allergic to penicillin. 

Penicillin is a commonly used antibiotic to also treat bacterial infections, but some people are allergic to it. If this is the case then Dalacin C can be used.  

When is Dalacin C used? 

Dalacin C is used to treat serious bacterial infections such as: 

  • Specific Pneumonias;  
  • Acute bronchitis;  
  • Sinus infections;  
  • Other respiratory infections; 
  • Infections of the bone and joints; 
  • Blood infections; 
  • Infections of the female reproductive system; 
  • Infections of the abdomen; 
  • Skin and soft tissue infections; 
  • Tooth abscesses; 

This medication is usually given when other antibiotics have not been effective, or when a person has a penicillin allergy. 

The above are only some of the infections that can be caused by the bacteria listed above. There are many other infections caused by bacteria that can be serious and are treated with antibiotic medication, such as Dalacin C. 

Sometimes Dalacin C is given to people prior to surgery to prevent infection at the site of the surgery. It is often used by dentists for this reason, particularly for people with heart conditions who are at risk of developing an inflammation of the heart lining, muscles and valves, known as endocarditis.  

How do you use Dalacin C? 

Dalacin C must be taken with a full glass of water. You should drink as much of the water as possible when you take the tablet to ensure it does not get stuck in your throat or cause irritation of the throat. 

It can be taken with or without food. However, taking this medication with food is preferable if it upsets your stomach. 

It is important to complete the full course of Dalacin C that your doctor has prescribed you, even if you begin to feel better. If you stop the medication too early the infection may return and you will have to start treatment again.  

What dosages are there? 

Dalacin C comes in 75mg and 150 mg capsules. 

The usual dose of Dalacin C for adults is: 

  • 150mg to 450mg (depending on what the doctor has prescribed and the severity of the infection) every 6 hours. 

If your bacterial infection is not clearing up after starting to take this medicine you should make an appointment to see your doctor. You should not take more Dalacin C than is prescribed.  

If you forget to take a Dalacin C capsule you can take it when you remember and then you should space out the remaining doses over the rest of the day. Never take a double dose as this could be dangerous. 

You must also complete the full course of medication to prevent recurrence of the infection. If the medicine is not used correctly a resistance to bacteria may develop, which means it cannot be killed. If this occurs, Dalacin C may not be effective if you use it again in the future. 

Resistance to bacteria can also happen if you take Dalacin C for a viral infection, such as a cold, as it is not intended to treat a virus. You should only take Dalacin C for bacterial infections. 

What are the side effects of Dalacin C? 

As with all medicines, there is the possibility of side effects when taking Dalacin C. These may include: 

  • Diarrhoea; 
  • Feeling or being sick; 
  • A thrush (fungal) infection of the mouth or genitals; 
  • Inflammation of the oesophagus (food pipe); 
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin); 
  • Reduced number of blood cells which can weaken your immune system or cause bruising of the skin; 
  • Impaired liver function; 
  • A skin rash and/or itching; 
  • A loss or reduced sense of taste. 

If you experience severe diarrhea when you take Dalacin C you should consult a doctor. This is because mild diarrhea can lead to CDAD (clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea) which is a serious condition.  

Not everyone will experience side effects when taking Dalacin C. 

If you are worried about any side effects when taking this medication you should talk to your doctor. 

When shouldn’t you use Dalacin C? 

You should not use Dalacin C if you: 

  • Are allergic to any of the ingredients listed in the packaging; 
  • Have ulcerative colitis or pseudomembranous colitis.  

Children under 1 month of age should not be given this medicine. 

If you are planning to become pregnant, pregnant or breastfeeding you should consult your doctor before taking Dalacin C. 

Dalacin C does not interact with alcohol, so you may drink in moderation when taking this medication.  

This medicine does not affect your ability to drive or operate machinery. 

Does Dalacin C interact with other medications? 

You should tell your doctor about any other medicines you are taking, including herbal medicines, before you start to take Dalacin C. 

Some medications that can change the effectiveness of Dalacin C are: 

  • Drugs called CYP3A4 inducers, such as rifampin 
  • Muscle relaxants used in operations; 
  • The anti-blood-clotting medicine Warfarin that is used to thin the blood. If you are taking this you must tell your doctor so they can decide whether to check your blood clotting time as you may be more likely to have a bleed while taking Dalacin C. 

The following should be noted: 

  • Dalacin C does not directly interact with the pill (hormonal contraceptive). However, if you experience vomiting or diarrhoea you should use an alternative method of contraception (as advised on the package leaflet of your pill – usually for 7 days after stopping taking Dalacin C) as you could be more likely to become pregnant. 
  • You may take painkillers such as Paracetamol or Ibruprofen when taking Dalacin C. 

Where can you buy Dalacin C? 

Dalacin C can only be prescribed by a doctor. You cannot buy it over the counter in a pharmacy. 

Can I get Dalacin C without a prescription?  

No, you cannot get Dalacin C without a prescription. 

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