Clindagel (Clindamycin) Dosage and Side Effects
CLINDAGEL is an antibiotic that fights bacteria. CLINDAGEL topical (for the skin) is used to treat severe acne in adults and children who are at least 12 years old.
Warnings and Precautions
You should not use CLINDAGEL if you have ulcerative colitis or enteritis (inflammation of your intestines), or if you have ever had severe diarrhea caused by antibiotic medicine.
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to clindamycin or lincomycin, or if you have:
•inflammation of your intestines (also called enteritis);
•ulcerative colitis; or
•if you have ever had severe diarrhea caused by antibiotic medicine.
CLINDAGEL is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant.
It is not known whether CLINDAGEL passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.
Do not use this medication on a child younger than 12 years old without the advice of a doctor.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Although the risk of serious side effects is low when CLINDAGEL is applied to the skin, side effects can occur if the medication is absorbed into your bloodstream.
Stop using CLINDAGEL and call your doctor at once if you have:
•severe redness, itching, or dryness of treated skin areas; or
•severe stomach pain, diarrhea that is watery or bloody.
Common side effects may include:
•mild burning or itching;
•mild dryness of treated skin; or
•redness or other irritation.
Interactions with this medication
It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied CLINDAGEL. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Proper Use of this medication
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Do not take by mouth. CLINDAGEL topical is for use only on the skin. Do not use this medicine on open wounds or on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or irritated skin. If this medicine gets in your eyes, nose, mouth, rectum, or vagina, rinse with water.
CLINDAGEL topical is usually applied once per day. Follow your doctor's instructions.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.