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How does clindamycin work?

Clindamycin treats and prevents infections. It belongs to a class of drugs called antibiotics. These medications destroy bacteria in the body that cause infections. Clindamycin works by blocking protein production by the bacteria.  These proteins are needed in order for the bacteria to survive.

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