Clindamycin And Joint/muscle Aches

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Tracey Says:
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I've been on Clindamycin 150mg x3, 3 times a day to treat SI Joint MRSA. I've taken this for 11months. I started jogging (I use to be an elite marathon runner) 3 months ago. No problems.. just the typical shin splints and common running injuries. During the past month I'm experiencing weakness in legs and extream soreness in my calf muscles, to a degree that I can only walk for 10min. My hospital checkups are 3months apart and I'm supposed to be on antibiotics for at least 1yr. I've decided to stop taking antibiotics yesterday, due to the pain. I've read on forums of cases that Clindamycin can cause muscular and joint pain. Is this true??

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Verwon Says:

Hello, Tracey! How are you?

Yes, the FDA does list muscle and joint pain as being possible side effects of this antibiotic, along with nausea, dizziness, headache, and diarrhea.

However, given that you've had MRSA, it would be best to inform your doctor, so they can prescribe an alternative antibiotic.

Have things improved, at all?

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Tracey Says:
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It's taken a few weeks but the muscular pain and weakness is slowly disappearing, since being off antibiotics/clindmycin
I'm running again and on track to getting back to "normal"
It's such a relief.
Thank you.

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Lynn Says:
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Hi Tracy, I read your post. I am an elite athlete and was on clindamycin for two weeks for tooth infection. I developed muscle tightness, weakness, spasms, cramps. Also some minor tingling. The calves are affected most. I didn't think much about the symptoms until I started to train again and I couldn't bc of severe weakness, spasms, and feeling like cramping and pain.
I have been able to pick things up slightly over the past 5 weeks. How long was it before you felt 100 %.
Did you have twitching and spasms too? I can't get definitive answers from doctors.

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Whendi Says:
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Verwon (# 1) --

I'm on Clindamyacin for a severe tooth infection. My calf muscles hurt so bad im limping. It's really bad. I think I should get a new antibiotic.

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Lynn Says:

Whendi (# 4) --

Since my post last July I had found a doctor that knew something about these rare symptoms from some antibiotics. It was nice to find a dr. that acknowledged what was happening and gave good advice and outlook. It took a few months to function normally in everyday life without many symptoms, but it took months of slow progression back to the level of athletic training and competition I used to be at. I am nearly 100% now.

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Bebe Says:
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Yes. I recently had a surgery that requires me to take two weeks of Clindamycin. The first week, no problem. Week two I only made it two full days before I couldn’t get out of bed. The pain started in my wrist and worked it’s way all the way up my arm and in both legs and flutes. Such immense pain! I took two Benadryl and called my doctor. He had me stop taking it and here I am recovering. I haven’t had any pain since I stopped, just aches like a sore feeling from a workout.

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Dave Says:

Bebe (# 6) --

Have you recovered from the aches and pains since April? I'm having similar issues after a couple days of Clindamycin HCL, along with other issues.

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