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Clindamycin Swab

Pronunciation

Generic Name: clindamycin (KLIN-da-MYE-sin)
Brand Name: Examples include Cleocin T and Clindets

Clindamycin Swab is used for:

Treating acne. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Clindamycin Swab is a topical lincomycin antibiotic. It works by killing sensitive bacteria that cause acne and reducing the amount of free fatty acids that irritate the skin surface.

Do NOT use Clindamycin Swab if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Clindamycin Swab 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 Swab:

Some medical conditions may interact with Clindamycin Swab. 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 gastrointestinal (bowel) disease or diarrhea

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Clindamycin Swab. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Nondepolarizing muscle relaxants (eg, vecuronium) or succinylcholine because their actions and the risk of their side effects may be increased by Clindamycin Swab
  • Erythromycin because it may decrease Clindamycin Swab's effectiveness

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Clindamycin Swab 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 Swab:

Use Clindamycin Swab as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Clindamycin Swab is for topical use on the skin only.
  • Wash and completely dry the affected area.
  • Remove the pledget from the jar or foil wrapper just before use. Do not use a pledget from a foil wrapper that has a broken seal. With pledget, gently apply a thin film of medicine. You may use more than 1 pledget if necessary to completely cover the affected area. Wash your hands immediately after using Clindamycin Swab. Throw the pledget away after using.
  • Clindamycin Swab works best if it is used at the same time each day.
  • Continue to use Clindamycin Swab even if your condition improves. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of Clindamycin Swab, 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 Clindamycin Swab.

Important safety information:

  • Clindamycin Swab is for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes because burning or irritation can occur. If contact occurs with the eyes or sensitive surfaces (eg, scraped skin, mucous membranes), wash the area with cool tap water.
  • Clindamycin Swab may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
  • Several weeks may pass before you see improvement in your acne. Continue using Clindamycin Swab for the full time recommended by your doctor.
  • Be sure to use Clindamycin Swab 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.
  • If severe diarrhea, stomach pain or cramping, or bloody stools develop during treatment or within several months after treatment with Clindamycin Swab, check with your doctor or pharmacist right away. Do not treat it without first checking with your doctor.
  • Clindamycin Swab 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 Clindamycin Swab while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while using Clindamycin Swab.

Possible side effects of Clindamycin Swab:

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:

Dry skin; mild stinging after applying.

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; stomach pain; swelling, redness, burning, or peeling of the 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. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

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 Swab may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of Clindamycin Swab:

Store Clindamycin Swab at room temperature, between 68 to 77 degrees F (20 to 25 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Clindamycin Swab out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Clindamycin Swab, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Clindamycin Swab 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 Swab 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 Swab. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Clindamycin Swab. 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 Swab.

Review Date: November 3, 2016

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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