Cleocin Vaginal

1 What is Cleocin Vaginal?

Brand: Cleocin Vaginal, ClindaMax, Clindesse

Generic: Clindamycin

Clindamycin is a lincosamide antibiotic used for the treatment of certain vaginal infections. It kills the bacteria by inhibiting their protein synthesis. This drug will not work for vaginal fungal  or yeast infections. 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.

3 Proper Usage

Observe proper hand washing before applying this drug. Avoid getting this drug into your eyes. Immediately rinse your eyes with large amounts of cool tap water if this drug gets into your eyes. Consult with your healthcare professional if this happens. 

Use clindamycin vaginal cream exactly as directed in the label or as prescribed by your healthcare professional. To fill the applicator if you are not using a pre-filled applicator Remove cap from the tube. Screw one of the applicators onto the tube. 

Always use a new applicator. Never use one that has been used before. Squeeze the medicine into the applicator slowly until it is full. Remove the applicator from the tube. Replace the cap on the tube. To insert the vaginal cream using the applicator Relax while lying on your back with your knees bent. Hold the full applicator in one hand. Insert it slowly into the vagina. 

Stop before it becomes uncomfortable. Slowly press the plunger until it stops. Withdraw the applicator. The drug will be left behind in the vagina. Throw the applicator away after use. Take this drug for the full time of treatment to ensure complete drug therapy and prevent any recurrences. 

Continue using this drug even if your menstrual period starts during the time of treatment. 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 teenagers who are not pregnant with bacterial vaginosis  are given one applicatorful (100 milligrams) inserted into the vagina once a day, usually at bedtime, for three or seven days while adults and teenagers who are pregnant are given one applicatorful (100 milligrams) inserted into the vagina once a day, usually at bedtime, for seven days. 

Use and dose in children 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. This drug may cause dizziness. Be careful in using this drug before you driving, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous. 

Inform your healthcare professional if this happens as it could be a symptom of a serious condition that needs to be diagnosed diagnosed and treated. Wear a minipad or sanitary napkin to prevent this drug from getting on your clothing. 

Refrain from using tampons since they may soak up the drug. Proper hygiene is also recommended. Wear only freshly washed panties daily and wear only cotton panties prevent any irritation. Refrain from having sexual intercourse while you are using this drug as this may reduce the strength of the medicine. 

Also, refrain from using latex contraceptive products such as condoms, diaphragms, or cervical caps for 72 hours after stopping treatment with vaginal clindamycin cream. This drug contains oils that weaken or harm the latex products, causing them to not work properly to prevent pregnancy. 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 any other symptoms. 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.