An 8-year-old is prescribed clindamycin for the treatment of osteomyelitis. Which of the following symptoms indicates to the nurse that the patient is having a side effect of the medication?

Bitter or metallic taste

Explanation

• The most common side effects of clindamycin include diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.

• High doses, both oral and IV, can cause a metallic or bitter taste in the mouth.

Incorrect options:

• Constipation, tendon pain, and shortness of breath are not associated with clindamycin.

Visit our website for other NCLEX topics now!