Veltin

1 What is Veltin?

Brand: Veltin, Ziana

Generic: Clindamycin and Tretinoin Topical

Veltin is used to treat acne. This drug kills bacteria by interfering with their protein synthesis and by keeping the skin pores clear. This drug requires a prescription.

2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Veltin, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. 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 and tretinoin 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 Erythromycin. 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 colitis, Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis.

3 Proper Usage

Proper usage of Veltin requires strict adherence to your doctor’s orders. To prevent any side effects, take this drug exactly as directed in the label or as prescribed by your healthcare professional. It may take several weeks or months before feeling the effects of this drug. 

Use this drug on the skin only and prevent it from getting into your eyes, mouth, nose, on the corners of your nose, vagina, or any areas that have cuts, scrapes, or burns. Rinse it off right away if this drug accidentally is applied into these areas. Follow the specific directions on the label or as prescribed by your healthcare professional. 

Proper hand and face washing is recommended before applying this drug. Apply just enough medicine to lightly cover the affected areas, and rub it in gently but well. A pea-sized amount is enough to cover the whole face. You should not wash your face too often, 2 or 3 times a day is enough. Washing your face too often may dry your skin and make the acne worse. 

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 with acne are advised to apply to the affected area(s) of the skin once a day, at bedtime. Use and dose in children younger than 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

Before using Veltin, there are some precautions you must take. Your health care provider should closely monitor the effectiveness of this drug as well as check for unwanted effects.

Unwanted effects can be detected using blood tests. Consult with your healthcare professional if your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse. 

This drug may cause severe watery or bloody 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. 

Consult with your healthcare professional immediately if you have symptoms serious skin reactions such as blistering, peeling, or loose skin, red skin lesions, severe acne or skin rash, sores or ulcers on the skin, or fever or chills while taking this drug. 

Contact emergency medical services immediately if symptoms of anaphylaxis such as rash, itching, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing, or any swelling of your hands, face, or mouth while you taking this drug. 

Consult with your healthcare professional before using any other drugs, rough skin cleansers, soaps, or products that contain alcohol, spices, or lime.

5 Potential Side Effects

Make sure you meet with your doctor in using Veltin to avoid unwanted potential side effects.

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. Report any side effects to the FDA hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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