Generic Name: clindamycin (KLIN-da-MYE-sin)
Brand Name: Clindesse
Clindesse cream is used for:
Treating vaginal infections caused by certain bacteria.
Clindesse cream is a topical lincomycin antibiotic. It works by slowing the growth of certain bacteria.
Do NOT use Clindesse cream if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Clindesse 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.
Before using Clindesse cream:
Some medical conditions may interact with Clindesse 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 Clindesse cream. Because little, if any, of Clindesse cream is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
Ask your health care provider if Clindesse 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 Clindesse cream:
Use Clindesse cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- An extra patient leaflet is available with Clindesse cream. Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
- Clindesse cream is for vaginal use only.
- Wash your hands before and after using Clindesse cream.
- Clindesse 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 Clindesse 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 Clindesse cream is required. If you forget to use Clindesse cream, use it as soon as you remember.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Clindesse 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 Clindesse 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 Clindesse 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 Clindesse 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 Clindesse 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 Clindesse 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 Clindesse cream before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Clindesse 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 Clindesse cream while you are pregnant. It is not known if Clindesse cream is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Clindesse cream, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Clindesse 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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Back pain; constipation; headache.
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. Clindesse cream may be harmful if swallowed.Proper storage of Clindesse cream:
Store Clindesse 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 Clindesse cream past the expiration date on the package. Keep Clindesse cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Clindesse cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Clindesse 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 Clindesse 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 Clindesse cream. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Clindesse 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 Clindesse cream.
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.