What should I know about Cleocin I.V. before taking it?

Cleocin I.V. should not be used to treat meningitis because it does not get into that area enough to kill the bacteria. Do not stop administration of the medication prior to doctor's orders. If you do, the infections may return and be more resistant to the medication later. It's not known whether Cleocin I.V. is safe to take during the first trimester of pregnancy. Pregnant women should receive Cleocin I.V. in the first trimester only if clearly needed. This medication may be passed to an infant by breastfeeding, so either the antibiotic or the breastfeeding should be discontinued. Cleocin I.V. also may cause serious skin reactions, so tell your doctor right away if you develop any rashes, peeling or other skin symptoms. 

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