What is clindamycin topical?

Clindamycin is an antibiotic that fights bacteria in the body.

Clindamycin vaginal is used to treat vaginal infections caused by bacteria.

Clindamycin vaginal may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

Precautions

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to clindamycin or lincomycin (Bactramycin, L-Mycin, Lincocin, or if you have

  • colitis, Crohn's disease, or other intestinal disorder; or
  • if you have ever had severe diarrhea caused by using an antibiotic.

Before using clindamycin vaginal, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have any type of intestinal disorder. You may not be able to use clindamycin vaginal, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment.

FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. Clindamycin vaginal is sometimes used in pregnant women.

Clindamycin vaginal cream may contain mineral oil, which can weaken the latex rubber in a condom. This could result in breaking of the condom, and an unintended pregnancy could result. Avoid using a condom as a birth control method while you are using clindamycin vaginal and for at least 72 hours (3 days) after your treatment ends.

Clindamycin vaginal can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Avoid having sexual intercourse or using vaginal products such as tampons, lubricants, or douches while you are using this medication.

Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or has blood in it, call your doctor. Do not use any medicine to stop the diarrhea unless your doctor has told you to.

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Instructions

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

Symptoms of a clindamycin vaginal overdose may include diarrhea that is watery or bloody.

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and use the medicine at your next regularly scheduled time. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose. It is best to use the medication only at bedtime, or while you will be resting or lying down.

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Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using clindamycin vaginal and call your doctor at once if you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody.

Keep using clindamycin vaginal and talk to your doctor if you have any of these less serious side effects:

  • mild nausea or stomach pain;
  • constipation, gas;
  • vaginal itching, discharge, or pain; or
  • changes in your menstrual periods; or
  • mild skin rash or itching.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Interactions

There may be other drugs that can affect clindamycin vaginal. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

Other Names

C/T/S, Cleocin Ovules, Cleocin T, Clinda-Derm, ClindaMax, ClindaReach Pledget, Clindagel, Clindesse, Evoclin, clindamycin topical, Cleocin Vaginal, and Clindets Pledget

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