What is clindamycin-tretinoin topical?
Clindamycin is an antibiotic. It fights bacteria in the body.
Tretinoin is a form of vitamin A. It reduces the amount of oil released by oil glands in your skin, and helps your skin renew itself more quickly.
The combination of clindamycin and tretinoin is used to treat severe nodular acne in adults and children who are at least 12 years old.
Clindamycin and tretinoin topical may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
Although this medicine is applied to the skin, your body may absorb enough clindamycin to cause serious side effects.
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to clindamycin (Cleocin, Clina-Derm, Clindets), or tretinoin (Renova, Retin-A, Tretin-X), 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.
Before using clindamycin and tretinoin topical, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have a history of stomach or intestinal disorders. You may not be able to use the medication, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment.
FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
Do not wash the treated area for at least 1 hour after applying tretinoin topical. Avoid the use of other skin products on the treated area for at least 1 hour following application of tretinoin topical.
Avoid using skin products that can cause irritation, such as harsh soaps, shampoos, or skin cleansers, hair coloring or permanent chemicals, hair removers or waxes, or skin products with alcohol, spices, astringents, or lime. Do not use other medicated skin products unless your doctor has told you to.
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.
Avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays (sunlamps or tanning beds). Clindamycin and tretinoin topical can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and sunburn may result. Use a sunscreen (minimum SPF 15) and wear protective clothing if you must be out in the sun.
Your skin may be more sensitive to weather extremes such as cold and wind. Protect your skin with clothing and use a moisturizing cream or lotion as needed.
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Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. Symptoms of a clindamycin and tretinoin topical overdose may result if you absorb this medicine through your skin by applying too much of it. Symptoms of a clindamycin overdose may include watery or bloody diarrhea.
Use the medication as soon as you remember the missed dose. 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.
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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 this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- severe redness, burning, stinging, or peeling of treat skin areas; or
- diarrhea that is watery or bloody.
Continue using this medicine and talk with your doctor if you have any of these less serious side effects:
- mild itching, stinging, or dryness of treated skin;
- temporary lightening or darkening of treated skin; or
- stuffy nose, sore throat, cough.
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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Before using clindamycin and tretinoin topical, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:
- erythromycin topical (Akne-Mycin, Emcin Clear, Eryderm, Erygel, Erythra-Derm, Ery-Sol, and others); or
- erythromycin taken by mouth (E.E.S., E-Mycin, Ery-Tab, E-Mycin, Robimycin, and others).
If you are using any of these drugs, you may not be able to use clindamycin and tretinoin topical, or you may need dosage adjustments or special tests during treatment.
There may be other drugs not listed that can affect clindamycin and tretinoin topical. 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.
Ziana, clindamycin-tretinoin topical, and tretinoin-clindamycin topical
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