Clindamycin cream

Pronunciation

Generic Name: clindamycin (KLIN-da-MYE-sin)
Brand Name: Clindesse

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 certain bowel problems (eg, ulcerative colitis, Crohn disease) or a history of a certain type of severe diarrhea (Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea [CDAD])

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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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 diarrhea or bowel problems

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.

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with clindamycin cream. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • Clindamycin cream is for vaginal use only.
  • Wash your hands before and after using clindamycin cream.
  • Clindamycin cream comes with 1 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. Insert all of the cream into the vagina. Remove the applicator from the vagina and throw it away.
  • Only 1 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 get clindamycin cream in your nose or mouth, or on your skin. If you get it in any of these areas, rinse with cool tap water.
  • Do not have sexual intercourse or use other vaginal products, such as tampons or douches, for at least 7 days after 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 rubber or latex products such as condoms and diaphragms. Do not use these products within 5 days of using this product. They may not prevent pregnancy or protect against HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
  • 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 (eg, vaginal fungal 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.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you use clindamycin cream before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Clindamycin cream should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN who have not had their first menstrual period; 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 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:

Back pain; constipation; headache.

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); diarrhea; increased or painful urination; new or worsening vaginal itching, burning, bleeding, pain, swelling, or discharge; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin.

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. Clindamycin cream may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of clindamycin cream:

Store clindamycin cream between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Avoid temperatures above 86 degrees F (30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Protect from freezing. Do not use clindamycin cream past the expiration date on the package. Keep clindamycin cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • 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.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take clindamycin cream 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 clindamycin cream. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to clindamycin cream. 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 clindamycin cream.

Issue Date: April 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.2.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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.

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