Clindamycin is a lincosamide antibiotic used for the treatment of bacterial infections. This drug may be given to patients who are allergic to penicillin.
Topical clindamycin is used to help control acne. This drug may be used other medicines that are used on the skin or taken by mouth for acne. This drug requires a prescription.
2 What to Know Before Using
Before taking this drug, the risks and benefits for your body should be discussed with your healthcare provider. Inform your healthcare provider for any allergic reactions to these drugs or any other drugs, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.
Carefully read the label of non-prescription drugs for any possible allergic reaction or contraindications. There are no studies reporting pediatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of clindamycin in children. Studies in the elderly have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of this drug.
Care must be given to the elderly patients while taking this drug as they are more likely to develop colitis. The teratogenic effects of this drug have not been determined. Adverse effects have been reported in pregnant animals but adequate studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus.
There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when taking this drug during breastfeeding. Discuss with your healthcare professional the potential risks and benefits before taking this drug while breastfeeding.
Drugs should not be taken together to prevent any interactions but in necessary cases inquire your healthcare provider regarding the adjustments in dosage or any other necessary precautions to prevent any unwanted side effects.
Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other drugs such as Amifampridine, Erythromycin, Atracurium, Cyclosporine, Metocurine, or Tubocurarine. Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with magnesium is associated with an increased risk of certain side effects. Your healthcare professional can give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco. Inform your healthcare provider for any other medical problems such as atopic syndrome, diarrhea, liver disease, short stomach or bowel, or meningitis.
Thoroughly wash the affected areas with warm water and soap, rinse well, and pat dry before applying this drug. Apply the drug to the whole area usually affected by acne, not just to the pimples themselves as this will prevent any further breakouts.
Washing with a mild, bland soap 2 or 3 times a day is enough and avoid washing the acne-affected areas too often as this may dry your skin and worsen your acne. Apply this drug for the full time of treatment to ensure proper drug therapy and prevent any recurrences.
After washing or shaving, it is best to wait 30 minutes before applying this medicine as the alcohol in it may irritate freshly washed or shaved skin. Do not use near heat, near open flame, or while smoking as this drug contains alcohol and is flammable.
Follow the instructions as directed in the label or as advised by your healthcare provider. Prevent any contact in the eyes, nose, or mouth, or on other mucous membranes to avoid any irritation. Contact emergency medical services immediately if this drug contacts these areas. Prolonged uses of this drug may cause your skin to become too dry or irritated.
The dose of this drug will be variable for different patients. The directions on the label or the prescription by your healthcare professional should be followed. The dosage of this drug you take depends on the medical problem for which you are using this drug.
Adults and children 12 years of age and over using the foam form should apply once a day to areas affected by acne. Use and dose in infants and children up to 12 years of age must be determined by your healthcare professional. Adults and children 12 years of age and over using topical dosage forms should apply two times a day to areas affected by acne.
Use and dose in infants and children up to 12 years of age must be determined by your healthcare professional. A missed dose should be taken as soon as possible. However, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule if it is almost time for your next dose.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing. Keep out of the reach of children. Dispose any outdated or expired drugs and ask your healthcare professional for the proper disposal of the drugs.
4 Precautions to Take
Consult with your healthcare professional if your condition does not improve or if it becomes worse within 6 weeks. It usually takes 8 to 12 weeks before full improvement is seen. If you are prescribed with other topical drugs to be applied to the skin along with this drug, it is best to apply them at different times to prevent your skin from becoming too irritated.
Consult with your healthcare professional if your skin becomes unusually dry, even with normal use. This drug may cause diarrhea. Consult with your healthcare professional first before taking any anti-diarrheal medicine as this drug may make the diarrhea worse or make it last longer.
Only diarrhea drugs containing attapulgite (e.g., Kaopectate, Diasorb) may be taken for mild diarrhea. Other kinds of diarrhea medicine (e.g., Imodium A.D. or Lomotil) should not be taken. Consult with your healthcare professional if the mild diarrhea continues or gets worse.
It is best to use only water-based cosmetics but the use cosmetics should not be too heavy or too often as these cosmetics may make your acne worse. Consult with your healthcare professional for any other concerns
5 Potential Side Effects
Side effects may vary for each individual and prompt medical attention should be given if they occur. Inform you healthcare provider immediately if you experience symptoms such as abdominal or stomach cramps, pain, and bloating, diarrhea, which may also be bloody fever, increased thirst, nausea or vomiting, unusual tiredness or weakness, weight loss, skin rash, itching, redness, swelling, or other sign of irritation.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. Ask your healthcare professional about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects persists, or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional.
If any of the following side effects persists, or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional. Report any side effects to the FDA hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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