For what conditions or diseases is this medication prescribed?
Topical clindamycin is used to treat acne. Clindamycin belongs to a class of medications called lincomycin-type antibiotics. It acts by slowing or stopping the multiplication of bacteria that cause acne and by decreasing inflammation.
How should this medicine be used?
The presentations of topical clindamycin are: foam, gel, solution (liquid), lotion and pad (cotonete) that are administered via the skin (on the skin). In general, the foam and a gel mark (Clindagel) are applied once a day. The solution, lotion, pads and gel of most brands are applied twice a day. Apply topical clindamycin more or less at the same time every day. Carefully follow the instructions on the prescription label and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain anything you do not understand. Use topical clindamycin as directed. Do not increase or decrease the dose or apply it more often than indicated by your doctor.
Topical clindamycin should only be applied to the skin. Do not take this medication, or allow it to enter your eyes, nose, mouth or vagina. If the medicine gets into your eyes, nose or mouth, or if it penetrates any skin abrasion, rinse it with plenty of cold water.
It is likely that the medication comes with instructions for use. Read these instructions carefully and follow them to the letter. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about how to apply topical clindamycin.
Shake the lotion well before each use to evenly mix the medication.
The pads should be used only once. Do not remove the pad from its metal foil bag until you are ready to use it. Discard the pad after using it once.
The foam is flammable. Keep away from the flames and never smoke while applying the foam and for a while after applying it.
What other uses does this medication have?
Sometimes this medication is prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Before using topical clindamycin,
- Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to clindamycin, lincomycin (Lincocin), or any other medications.
- Tell your doctor if you have or have had asthma, eczema (sensitive skin that is often irritated or itchy) or allergies.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while on topical clindamycin therapy, call your doctor.
- If you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using topical clindamycin.
- Keep in mind that abrasive or medicated soaps and skin products that contain alcohol can worsen the side effects of topical clindamycin. Consult your doctor about the skin care products you plan to use during treatment with topical clindamycin.
What do I have to do if I forget to take a dose?
If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your normal medication schedule. Do not apply extra medication to make up for the missed dose.
What are the possible side effects of this medication?
Topical clindamycin may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- dryness or peeling of the skin
- Itching or stinging of the skin
- redness of the skin
- oily skin
- appearance of more pimples and / or pimples
Some Side Effects Can Be Serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
- watery or bloody stools
- stomach cramps
Topical clindamycin may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.