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is zosyn the same as clindamycin?

48 yr male, severe tooth abcess. has heart disease.

Related Topics: Heart Disease, Tooth
 

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No, those are two different antibiotics. Zosyn is a combination of two medications -- the antibiotic piperacillin and the medication tazobactam, which helps the antibiotic work better and lessen the likelihood that the bacteria is resistant to the antibiotic. Clindamycin is a completely different antibiotic. Zosyn is given in the vein whereas clindamycin can be taken as a pill (also can be given in the vein). Both antibiotics could be helpful in treating a tooth abscess depending on the bacteria causing the abscess.

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