Parenteral Manual

Clindamycin phosphate

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Original Date: 
August 2005
Revised Date: 
April 2017
  • Treatment of serious infections due to sensitive anaerobic or gram positive bacteria
  • Bacterial endocarditis prophylaxis for dental and upper respiratory procedures in penicillin-allergic patients.
Reconstitution and Stability: 
  • Stable at room temperature
  • Vial available as 150 mg/mL solution
  • Vial stable 7 days refrigerated once punctured
  • Refrigeration may cause crystallization, which resolubilizes upon warming to room temperature.
  • Infusions of 6 and 12 mg/mL in D5W and 0.9% NaCl stable for 22 days at room temperature, 54 days refrigerated

- Solutions Compatible: dextrose up to D10W, 0.9% NaCl, ringer's lactate

- Additives/Above Cassette Compatible: gentamicin, KCl (up to 100 mmol/L)

- Y-site Compatible: morphine, TPN

- Incompatible: aminophylline, tobramycin


(For approved routes of administration by nursing personnel, refer to Policy for the Administration of Intravenous Medications.)


Usual dose: < 600 mg

IV Direct


IV Intermittent Infusion

Usual dilution: 12 mg/mL
Infusion time: 30-60 minutes
Infusion rate: do not exceed 30 mg/minute

IV Continuous Infusion YES




(For neonatal dosages, refer to Neonatal IV Drug Manual.)


  • 25-30 mg/kg/day IV ÷  Q 8 hours (Maximum: 1800 mg/day)
  • Severe Infection: 40 mg/kg/day ÷ Q 6 -8 hours (Maximum: 2700 mg/day)  - such as necrotizing fasciitis
  • Refer to CHEO guidelines for - Prevention of Bacterial Endocarditis
                                              - Antimicrobials for Surgical Prophylaxis


  • Usual dose: 1.2-2.7 g/day IV ÷ Q 6-12 hours

    Dosing Interval in hepatic impairment:

  • Half-life increases in moderate to severe liver dysfunction; dosage reductions are recommended; consult Pharmacy for guidelines.
Potential hazards of parenteral administration: 
  • Thrombophlebitis, local erythema, pain and swelling may occur at injection site
  • Hypersensitivity reactions - urticaria and rash
  • Occasional pain or abscess formation after IM injection
  • Hypotension and cardiopulmonary arrest may occur during rapid IV administration; infusion rate should not exceed 30 mg/min
  • Elevation of serum transaminases, transient leukopenia and eosinophilia
  • Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea and pseudomembranous colitis have occurred
  • Does not cross blood-brain barrier even in the presence of inflamed meninges
  • Discontinue if severe diarrhea occurs; pseudomembranous colitis may develop even up to several weeks following discontinuation of therapy
  • Monitor changes in bowel frequency, CBC, liver and renal function tests

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