Q. A dentist prescribed clindamycin for my tooth infection and swelling. It did clear the infection, but one week after completing the clindamycin I developed awful diarrhea.
The pharmacy warning sheet I received with the prescription mentioned this serious side effect as a possibility. A culture confirmed I have a C. diff infection and I was put on metronidazole.
The diarrhea got a little better, but six days after completing the treatment the C. diff was back again full force. I have been on another 14 days of metronidazole trying to get rid of this problem.
If this antibiotic doesn’t cure the infection, my doctor says there is only one other antibiotic to try.
Needless to say, I won’t accept any more clindamycin prescriptions.
A. Clindamycin disrupts the balance of bacteria in the digestive tract and it can create conditions that allow Clostridium difficile (C. diff) to flourish. This infection can be very hard to treat.