• Clindamycin cream is used to treat certain types of vaginal infection.
  • The most common side-effects are itching and irritation.
  • If you develop diarrhoea during treatment with this cream, report it to your doctor straight away.

About clindamycin cream for vaginal use

Type of medicine Antibiotic cream
Used for Treatment of bacterial vaginosis (infection of the vagina) in women
Also called Dalacin®
Available as Cream

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common condition of the vagina caused by an overgrowth of various bacteria. The main symptom of BV is a vaginal discharge. Clindamycin cream is applied into the vagina and works by killing the bacteria causing the infection.

Clindamycin is also used to treat bone and joint infections, and is available as a skin preparation to treat acne. There are two separate information leaflets available for these called Clindamycin and Clindamycin (topical) respectively.

Before using clindamycin cream

Before using clindamycin cream make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows:

  • If you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • If you have an inflammatory bowel disorder (such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis).
  • If you have ever had severe diarrhoea after taking an antibiotic, or if you have had an allergic reaction to any other medicine.
  • If you are using any other vaginal preparation including those available to buy without a prescription.

How to use clindamycin cream

  • Before starting this treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside the pack.
  • Use clindamycin cream exactly as directed by your doctor.
  • Clindamycin cream is for use in the vagina only.
  • Use one applicator full (approximately 5 grams) of cream in the vagina at bedtime. A course usually lasts 3-7 consecutive days. Your doctor will tell you how many days you should apply the cream for.

Getting the most from your treatment

  • This cream may cause damage to condoms and diaphragms, so do not rely on these for contraception during treatment.

Can clindamycin cream cause problems?

Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.

Common side-effects What can I do if I experience this
Irritation and itching This should improve as your infection is treated and you get used to the cream

Important: If you develop diarrhoea, contact your doctor for advice before you apply any more cream.

If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this cream, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

How to store clindamycin cream

  • Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
  • Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.