Last update: Jan. 15, 2020


Very Low Risk for breastfeeding

Safe. Compatible.
Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

Less than 10% of Clindamycin as cream and less than 30% as ovule reaches the blood plasma.

On the other hand, clindamycin is excreted in non-significant level intro breast milk with only few cases of enterocolitis due to disturbance of intestinal flora in breastfed infants who cured spontaneously after discontinuation of drug.

The American Academy of Pediatrics rates it as compatible with breastfeeding.

See below the information of this related product:


We do not have alternatives for Clindamycin-Vaginal since it is relatively safe.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.


Main tradenames from several countries containing Clindamycin-Vaginal in its composition:


Variable Value Unit
Oral Bioavail. 90 %
Molecular weight 425 daltons
Protein Binding 94 %
VD 2 l/Kg
Tmax 1 hours
T1/2 2,4 hours
M/P ratio 0,5 -
Theoretical Dose < 0,2 mg/Kg/d
Relative Dose < 0,6 %
Ped.Relat.Dose < 1 %


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