Generic Name: clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide (KLIN-da-MYE-sin/BEN-zoe-il per-OX-ide)
Brand Name: BenzaClin
Benzaclin gel is used for:
Benzaclin gel is an antibiotic and drying agent combination. It helps to reduce acne through its antibacterial, peeling (keratolytic), and drying actions on the skin.
Do NOT use Benzaclin gel if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Benzaclin gel or to lincomycin
- you have a history of inflammation of the colon caused by antibiotics or certain other stomach or bowel problems (regional enteritis or ulcerative colitis)
- you are using a product that contains erythromycin
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Benzaclin gel:
Some medical conditions may interact with Benzaclin gel. 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 stomach or bowel problem
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Benzaclin gel. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Erythromycin because it may decrease Benzaclin gel's effectiveness
Ask your health care provider if Benzaclin gel 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 Benzaclin gel:
Use Benzaclin gel as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Use Benzaclin gel on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it.
- Before applying Benzaclin gel to the affected areas, gently wash and rinse the skin with warm water and pat dry. Apply a thin film of medicine to the affected skin and rub in as directed by your doctor. Wash your hands immediately after using Benzaclin gel.
- Continue to use Benzaclin gel even if your condition improves. Do not miss any doses.
- If you miss a dose of Benzaclin gel, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Benzaclin gel.
Important safety information:
- Certain acne products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can rarely cause serious and sometimes life-threatening allergic reactions or severe irritation. Before first use, you may need to follow certain steps to make sure you do not have an allergic reaction. Use Benzaclin gel as you were told by your doctor or read the package label. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
- Benzaclin gel is for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes, nose, mouth, and other mucous membranes. If you get Benzaclin gel in your eyes, rinse them immediately with cool water.
- Benzaclin gel may bleach hair or colored fabric. Avoid getting Benzaclin gel in your hair or on your clothes.
- Once you begin using Benzaclin gel, it may take several weeks before you begin to see improvement. If your condition does not improve or if it becomes worse, check with your doctor.
- Talk with your doctor before you use any other topical acne medicines or cleansers on your skin.
- Do not use Benzaclin gel for other conditions at a later time.
- Benzaclin gel may cause you to become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Benzaclin gel. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
- Long-term or repeated use of Benzaclin gel 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.
- Be sure to use Benzaclin gel 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.
- A serious form of diarrhea (pseudomembranous colitis) may rarely occur with the use of Benzaclin gel. This may develop while you use Benzaclin gel or within several months after you stop using it. Contact your doctor right away if stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools occur. Do not treat diarrhea without first checking with your doctor.
- Benzaclin gel should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Benzaclin gel while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk after topical use. Do not breast-feed while using Benzaclin gel.
Possible side effects of Benzaclin gel:
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:
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); bloody stools; peeling of the skin; severe or persistent diarrhea; stomach cramps or pain.
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. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Benzaclin gel may be harmful if swallowed.Proper storage of Benzaclin gel:
Store Benzaclin gel at room temperature, below 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Do not freeze. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep tightly closed. Throw away any unused portion after 3 months. Keep Benzaclin gel out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Benzaclin gel, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Benzaclin gel 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.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Benzaclin gel or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Benzaclin gel. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Benzaclin gel. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Benzaclin gel.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.