May 10, 2019

Lincomycin

A souvenir from a bright PhD student who had bought this off the counter at a pharmacy in a neighbouring country.

When I did pharmacology in medical school decades ago, we were taught that this antibiotic was not commonly used because side effects (like antibiotic-associated diarrhea) were frequent. One would be hard pressed to find this antibiotic in Singapore today. A derived (and safer) compound – clindamycin – is regularly prescribed in Singapore for skin/soft tissue infections particularly in those allergic to penicillin.

Lincomycin is now commonly used in food animals, both for the treatment of infections as well as growth promotion.

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About hsuliyang

I am an infectious diseases physician based in Singapore.

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Antimicrobial resistance, Antimicrobial stewardship, Public Health

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