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Cleocin Vaginal Suppository (Generic Clindamycin Vaginal)

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Why is this medication prescribed?

Clindamycin is administered vaginally to treat bacterial vaginosis (an infection caused by an overgrowth of harmful bacteria in the vagina). Clindamycin belongs to the group of drugs known as lincomycin antibiotics. It stops or slows down bacterial growth, which is how it functions. It is not possible to use vaginal clindamycin to treat vaginal irritation brought on by chlamydia, trichomoniasis, or yeast infections.

How should this medicine be used?

Clindamycin for vaginal use is available as a cream to be applied to the vagina’s inside as well as a suppository to place in the vagina. The vaginal suppositories are typically administered once every day for three days straight, preferably before night. Most brands of vaginal cream should be applied once daily, ideally before night, for three or seven consecutive days. A single dose of one type of vaginal cream (Clindesse®) is often administered at any time of day. Use vaginal clindamycin at roughly the same time each day if you are taking more than one dose. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Use vaginal clindamycin precisely as advised. Use it only as directed by your doctor, neither more nor less often.

Only use of this drug is for vaginal use. Avoid applying the lotion to other parts of your body or swallowing the suppositories or cream. Avoid getting the cream in your eyes. If you do accidentally get cream in your eyes, make sure to thoroughly rinse them with cool water.

You will receive usage instructions with your prescription. Please carefully read and adhere to these instructions. If you have any queries regarding the administration of vaginal clindamycin, consult your physician or pharmacist.

Even if you feel better, continue using vaginal clindamycin until the prescription is finished. Your infection might not be entirely treated if you stop using vaginal clindamycin too soon or skip doses, and the bacteria might develop an antibiotic resistance.

Other uses for this medicine

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before using vaginal clindamycin,

  • If you have an allergy to clindamycin, lincomycin (Lincocin), or any other drugs, let your doctor and pharmacist know right once.
  • Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products that you are now taking or intend to use. Mention erythromycin if you can (E.E.S., E-Mycin, Erythrocin, others). Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD; disorder when the lining of all or part of the intestine is inflamed, irritated, or has ulcers) or severe diarrhoea brought on by an antibiotic should be disclosed to your doctor. Your physician could advise against using vaginal clindamycin.
  • If you have or have ever had any additional medical conditions, let your doctor know.
  • Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby.
  • You should be aware that some components of vaginal clindamycin may make condoms and vaginal diaphragms less effective latex or rubber contraceptives. When using the majority of vaginal clindamycin products, avoid using these devices during therapy and for at least 72 hours after treatment. You should wait at least 5 days following your treatment to utilise these devices if you’re utilising vaginal gel under the Clindesse® brand.
  • Inform your surgeon or dentist that you are using vaginal clindamycin if you are undergoing surgery, including dental surgery.
  • You should be aware that while receiving vaginal clindamycin treatment, you shouldn’t engage in vaginal activity or use vaginal items like tampons or douches.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

The missed dose should be taken as soon as you remember. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Vaginal clindamycin may induce negative effects. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • Mouth with white spots
  • Thick, white vaginal spotting
  • Vaginal swelling, burning, and itching
  • Painful, burning urination
  • Pelvic pain
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Back ache

Some adverse effects may be severe. Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these signs:

  • Stomach cramps or ache
  • Diarrhea
  • Red or watery stools
  • Fever
  • Blisters
  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Breathing or swallowing challenges

Other negative effects from vaginal clindamycin may also occur. If you experience any strange issues while taking this drug, call your doctor right away.

You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Keep it at room temperature and away from moisture and extreme heat (above 86 °F) (not in the bathroom). Avoid freezing.

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medications website at for additional information.

Although many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning.

In case of emergency/overdose

Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Moreover, information can be found online at Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.

Do not share your medication with anybody else. It’s likely that your prescription cannot be renewed. Call your doctor if, after using the vaginal clindamycin, you continue to experience signs of infection.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Cleocin® Vaginal Suppository
  • Clindesse® Vaginal Cream
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