Clindamycin (KLIN-da-MYE-sin)Brand Name:
Clindamycin Cream is used for:
Treating vaginal infections caused by certain bacteria.
Clindamycin Cream is a topical lincomycin antibiotic. It works by slowing the growth of certain bacteria.
Do NOT use Clindamycin Cream if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Clindamycin Cream or to lincomycin
- you have Crohn disease, antibiotic-associated colitis, or ulcerative colitis
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Clindamycin Cream:
Some medical conditions may interact with Clindamycin Cream. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have a gastrointestinal (bowel) disease or diarrhea
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Clindamycin Cream. Because little, if any, of Clindamycin Cream is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
Ask your health care provider if Clindamycin Cream may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Clindamycin Cream:
Use Clindamycin Cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Clindamycin Cream is for vaginal use only.
- Wash your hands before and after using Clindamycin Cream.
- Clindamycin Cream comes with one prefilled applicator. Do not remove the tip from the applicator before using. Do not use the applicator if the tip has been removed. Do not warm the applicator before using.
- To use Clindamycin Cream, hold the applicator firmly and pull the ring back to fully extend the plunger. Gently insert the applicator into the vagina as far as it will comfortably go. Push the plunger to release the cream. Remove the applicator from the vagina and throw it away.
- Only one dose of Clindamycin Cream is required. If you forget to use Clindamycin Cream, use it as soon as you remember.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Clindamycin Cream.
Important safety information:
- Avoid contact with the eyes. Burning and irritation can occur. If contact does occur, rinse the eye with large amounts of cool tap water.
- Do not have sexual intercourse or use other vaginal products, such as tampons or douches, while using Clindamycin Cream.
- Use a sanitary napkin rather than a tampon to prevent staining of clothes and bed linens.
- This cream contains mineral oil that may weaken latex products such as condoms and diaphragms. Therefore, do not use these products within 5 days of using this product. They may not provide adequate birth control and you may become pregnant.
- Be sure to use Clindamycin Cream for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The bacteria could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
- Long-term or repeated use of Clindamycin Cream may cause a second infection. Tell your doctor if signs of a second infection occur. Your medicine may need to be changed to treat this.
- If severe diarrhea, stomach pain or cramping, or bloody stools develop during treatment or within several months after treatment with Clindamycin Cream, check with your doctor or pharmacist right away. Do not treat it without first checking with your doctor.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Clindamycin Cream while you are pregnant. It is not known if Clindamycin Cream is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Clindamycin Cream, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Clindamycin Cream:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Fungal infection; genital itching or burning; inflammation or pain; vaginal discharge.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blood or mucus in stools; diarrhea; new or worsening vaginal or vulvar itching; painful sex; stomach cramps or pain; white vaginal discharge.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Clindamycin Cream may be harmful if swallowed.Proper storage of Clindamycin Cream:
Store Clindamycin Cream at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store in a tightly-closed container away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Protect from freezing. Keep Clindamycin Cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Clindamycin Cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Clindamycin Cream is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Clindamycin Cream. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
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