What is Clindamycin?

Clindamycin is an antibiotic. It may be taken orally but also comes in a topical form that is used on the skin.

What does Clindamycin Treat?

Clindamycin is used topically to help treat and control acne. It may also be used for other skin problems. Clindamycin comes in the following forms:

  • Gel/jelly
  • Foam
  • Lotion
  • Pad
  • Solution

How to Use Clindamycin

Before using this medicine, wash the treatment area thoroughly, and allow it to dry completely. Apply the medicine to the entire area affected, not just to the pimples. This will help control further breakouts. It is best to wait 30 minutes after washing or shaving before applying this medicine to avoid any irritation.

It is important to avoid washing the treatment area too often since it can dry out the skin and make your condition worse. Using a mild soap two the three times daily should be enough unless you have oily skin.

For best results, avoid any missed doses and use the medicine for the full treatment time. If you stop using the medicine too soon, your symptoms will return.

Precautions of Clindamycin

Before using this medication, speak to your doctor about any allergies you have. Also inform your doctor of any medications or supplements you are using, as well as any medicated skincare products since these may interact with clindamycin.

Do not use this medicine near heat, open flame, or while smoking. It contains alcohol and is flammable.

This medication can cause the skin to become unusually dry. If this occurs, speak to your doctor.

Side Effects of Clindamycin

Common side effects include:

  • Dryness, scaliness, or peeling of skin
  • Stinging or burning feeling
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Irritation

Rare side effects such as unusual tiredness, increased thirst, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, and bloating should be reported to your provider immediately.

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