Compare Cleocin vs. daptomycin

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Topical treatment for acne.

Cleocin T (Clindamycin Phosphate) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as a generic. If you're taking the vaginal form, you have to avoid sex and tampons for the period your doctor tells you to. The topical form can cause skin sensitivity and irritation.

3.5/ 5 average rating with 115 reviewsforCleocin
Treats bacterial infections.

Cubicin (daptomycin) is an antibiotic that's usually only given in the hospital for serious infections. It can be given at home, but you will have to be taught how to inject it correctly.

Upsides
  • Available in generic.
  • Topical form treats acne.
  • Available in different oral forms: tablet, capsule, and suspension.
  • Available in forms to treat skin infections and vaginal infections.
  • Used to treat many types of bacterial infections.
  • Less resistance seen in bacteria to this antibiotic. Your doctor may run tests to see which antibiotics will kill the bacteria causing your infection.
  • Can be taken with or without food.
  • Cubicin (daptomycin) is good at treating severe and complicated bacterial infections.
  • It is able to kill bacteria that have resistance to other antibiotics.
  • Most people who take Cubicin (daptomycin) have few side effects.
  • You usually only need to take it once a day.
Downsides
  • Have to take the oral forms with a full glass of liquid or with food since it can cause irritation in your stomach and esophagus.
  • If you're taking the vaginal form, you have to avoid sex and not use tampons for the period your doctor tells you to.
  • If you're allergic to aspirin, your doctor may have to prescribe an alternate.
  • If you have to take live vaccines, talk to your doctor when to take them since Clindamycin can make it less effective.
  • If you're taking the topical form, it can cause sensitivity and irritation.
  • Cubicin (daptomycin) is usually only given for extremely serious infections that haven't responded to other antibiotics.
  • Cubicin (daptomycin) can cause muscle aches and weakness, which can lead to kidney problems.
  • You might need to have more blood tests done while taking Cubicin (daptomycin).
  • Like most antibiotics, it is common to have diarrhea when taking this medicine.
  • While Cubicin (daptomycin) is generic, it is usually very expensive.
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Used for
Dosage forms
  • Topical
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Foam
  • Vaginal cream
  • Vaginal suppository
  • Injection
  • Injection
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Reviews
115 reviews so far
57%
saidit'sworth it
43%
saiditworked well
19%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Cleocin T (Clindamycin Phosphate) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
9possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
    5%
  • Headache
    5%
  • Rash
    4%
  • Abnormal liver tests
    3%
  • Muscle damage
    3%
  • Dizziness
    2%
  • Urinary tract infection
    2%
  • Low blood pressure
    2%
  • Shortness of breath
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Diarrhea
  • Liver damage
    • History of liver disease
  • Rash
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  • Allergic reaction
    • Allergy to antibiotics
  • Muscle pain & kidney damage
    • History of kidney problems
    • Taking statins to lower cholesterol
  • Pneumonia
    • Taking Cubicin (daptomycin) for at least 2 to 4 weeks
  • Nerve damage
  • Diarrhea
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