Compare Sivextro vs. Cleocin

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

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Sivextro (tedizolid)

Prescription only

Cleocin (clindamycin)

Prescription only
Treats bacterial infections.

Sivextro (tedizolid) has a more convenient, daily dosing and shorter course of therapy, but is more expensive than other medicines that work just like it.

Treats acne.

Cleocin (clindamycin) is proven to be effective at treating acne when combined with another acne medicine and is available in a variety of formulations.

3.5/ 5 average rating with 115 reviewsforCleocin
Upsides
  • Taken once daily.
  • Full course of treatment is shorter compared to other anti-bacterials (6 days vs. 7-14 days).
  • May cause less stomach and bone marrow effects than Zyvox (linezolid)
  • Available in generic.
  • Comes in different formulations (gel, solution, lotion, foam) to fit your preferences.
  • Works well for the kind of acne that causes large, red, and swollen pimples.
Downsides
  • Available as brand version only so can be expensive.
  • Foam formulation can cause headaches.
  • You will likely have to use another acne medicine along with Cleocin (clindamycin) since it is not as effective by itself.
  • Is only preferred for mild to moderate acne. If you have severe acne your doctor will most likely prescribe an oral medication.
  • If you only have comedonal acne (small skin-colored bumps on the skin) without any red, swollen pimples, your doctor may give you an alternative medicine.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Gel
  • Foam
  • Solution
  • Lotion
Price
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Reviews
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115 reviews so far
57%
saidit'sworth it
43%
saiditworked well
19%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
5possible side effects
  • Nausea
    8%
  • Headache
    6%
  • Diarrhea
    4%
  • Vomiting
    3%
  • Dizziness
    2%
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9possible side effects
  • Dryness
    23%
  • Oiliness/Oily skin
    18%
  • Redness
    16%
  • Burning
    11%
  • Burning/Itching
    11%
  • Peeling
    11%
  • Itching
    11%
  • Burning where applied
    6%
  • Headache
    3%
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Risks and risk factors
  • New infection
    • Taking Sivextro (tedizolid) for a long time
  • Development of drug-resistant bacteria
    • Using Sivextro (tedizolid) for a long time
  • Low white blood cells
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  • Skin irritation
    • Using other medicines or products that irritate the skin
    • Eczema
    • Extreme temperatures (hot or cold)
  • Severe diarrhea and stomach cramps
    • Using Cleocin (clindamycin) for a long time
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