Clinacin® (clindamycin)

Active ingredient


Drug description

It is an antibiotic of the lincosamide family.


This product is used in small animals to treat various bacterial infections.


Unless otherwise advised by a veterinarian, do not use this antibiotic in animals that are susceptible to lincomycin, if it is a newborn or pregnant female, or if suffering from hepatic (liver) or renal (kidney) disease.

Please discuss with a veterinarian or consult the product monograph for more information regarding contraindications.

Side effects

The most common side effects are gastrointestinal disturbances such as vomiting or diarrhea.

In addition, the tablet may irritate the esophagus during its passage, especially if it is administered without water. The inflammation created can thicken its walls and reduce its size. Consequently, regurgitations can develop.

Also, the bitter taste of the medication can make cats salivate. Dogs may have blood in their stools.

Please see the product monograph for additional possible side effects.

Recommended monitoring

Make sure that the animal's condition improves and that it does not suffer from any side effects.

The veterinarian in charge of the animal may want to do regular blood tests to check the condition of his liver and kidneys, especially if the drug is administered for long periods of time.

Drug interactions

Clinacin® may interfere with the effectiveness of some other medications if used at the same time. You can ask your veterinarian which ones.

Please also notify the veterinarian if your pet is already taking any medication(s) before starting treatment with Clinacin®. This will allow him or her to make sure that they are compatible.


Store at room temperature.


At least 6 ml of water should be given to cats after giving them the tablet. This reduces the risk of the drug irritating the esophagus.

Keep out of the reach of children and animals.

Do not stop the treatment until the end, as this may cause bacterial resistance against this antibiotic to develop. The prescription must be finished, even if the symptoms have disappeared.

If side effects occur and are severe, worsening or persisting, please contact a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Formulations available

This medication is available in tablets.