Clindagel (Generic Clindamycin Topical)
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Why is this medication prescribed?
Clindamycin is applied topically to treat acne. Clindamycin belongs to the group of drugs known as lincomycin antibiotics. It reduces swelling and slows or stops the growth of the germs that cause acne.
How should this medicine be used?
Clindamycin for topical use comes in foam, gel, solution (liquid), lotion, and pledget (swab) forms. Typically, the foam and one type of gel (Clindagel®) are administered once daily. Most brands of gel, lotion, pledgets, and solution are all administered twice daily. Apply topical clindamycin every day at around the same time(s). Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Apply topical clindamycin as prescribed. Do not use more, less, or more frequently than advised by your doctor.
Clindamycin topical is only to be applied topically. Avoid getting the drug in your eyes, mouth, nose, or vagina, as well as swallowing it. If the drug does get on your broken skin, your eyes, nose, or mouth, rinse it away thoroughly with cool water.
Most likely, your drug will come with usage instructions. Please carefully read and adhere to these instructions. If you have any concerns regarding how to use topical clindamycin, speak with your physician or pharmacist.
Before each usage, thoroughly shake the lotion to combine the medication.
The pledgets may only be used once. A pledget should not be taken out of its foil pouch until you are prepared to use it. Once you’ve used a pledget once, throw it away.
The foam might burn. Avoid being near open fires and refrain from smoking both while applying the foam and for a short while after.
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 topical clindamycin,
- If you have an allergy to clindamycin, lincomycin (Lincocin), or any other medicines, notify your doctor right away.
- 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. Make sure to note any other skin-applied drugs, such as erythromycin (E.E.S., E-Mycin, and others). Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects.
- Inform your doctor if you have ever experienced severe diarrhoea brought on by antibiotics or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a disorder in which all or a portion of the intestinal lining is inflamed, irritated, or has ulcers. Your physician might advise against using topical clindamycin.
- If you have allergies, asthma, or eczema (sensitive skin that frequently gets itchy or irritated), let your doctor know.
- Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking topical clindamycin.
- Inform your surgeon or dentist that you are using topical clindamycin if you are undergoing surgery, including dental surgery.
- You should be aware that topical clindamycin side effects could become more severe if you use abrasive or medicated soaps or skin products that contain alcohol. During your topical clindamycin treatment, discuss the skin care items you want to use with your doctor.
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?
As soon as you realise you missed a dose, administer it. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. Applying more medication to make up for a missing dose is not advised.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Clindamycin used topically may have negative effects. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:
- Peeling or dry skin
- Itch or burn on the skin
- Skin’s rosiness
- Greasy skin
- New lesions or pimples
Some adverse effects can be very harmful. Call your doctor right away if any of these symptoms occur to you:
- Red or watery stools
- Stomach pain
Other adverse effects from topical clindamycin are possible. 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. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom). Avoid freezing. Clindamycin foam shouldn’t be heated above 120 °F (49 °C), and the container shouldn’t be punctured or burned.
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 Medicines website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.
As 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. http://www.upandaway.org
In case of emergency/overdose
Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Additionally, information can be found online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. 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. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.
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.