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DALACIN 2% CREAM

Active substance(s): CLINDAMYCIN / CLINDAMYCIN PHOSPHATE

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Dalacin ® 2% Cream

Ref: 1559/220915/1/F

(clindamycin phosphate)
Patient Information Leaflet
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start
using this medicine
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor
or your pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not
pass it onto others. It may harm them, even if their
symptoms are the same as yours.
• If any of the side effects get serious, or if you
notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet,
please tell your doctor or your pharmacist.

Taking other medicines
Dalacin Cream may affect other medicines taken at
the same time. Please tell your doctor if you are
taking erythromycin (an antibiotic) or have recently
taken any other medicines including medicines
obtained without a prescription.

Your medicine is called Dalacin 2% Cream but will
be referred to as Dalacin Cream throughout the
leaflet.

Pregnancy
The use of Dalacin Cream in the first three months
of pregnancy is not recommended as there is
insufficient evidence of safety. Tell your doctor
before using this medicine if you are pregnant or
think you may be pregnant. If you are pregnant the
cream should only be used after careful discussion
with your doctor who will decide if this treatment is
appropriate for you.

In this leaflet:
1 What Dalacin Cream is and what it is used
for
2 Before you use Dalacin Cream
3 How to use Dalacin Cream
4 Possible side effects
5 How to store Dalacin Cream
6 Further Information
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What Dalacin Cream is and what it is
used for

Dalacin Cream is a vaginal cream. It contains
clindamycin phosphate which is an antibiotic.
It is used in the treatment of bacterial vaginosis
(a bacterial infection of the vagina).

2

Warfarin or similar medicines – used to thin the
blood. You may be more likely to have a bleed. Your
doctor may need to take regular blood tests to check
how well your blood can clot.

Breast-feeding
Tell your doctor if you will be breast-feeding while
using Dalacin Cream as the active substance in this
medicine may be passed into breast milk. Your
doctor will decide if Dalacin Cream is suitable for
you. Although it is not likely that a nursing infant will
take in very much of the active substance from the
milk it drinks, if your baby gets bloodstained
diarrhoea or shows any signs of illness, tell your
doctor at once. You should stop breast-feeding if
this happens.
Driving and using machines
No effects on the ability to drive or use machines
have been seen with Dalacin Cream.

Before you use Dalacin Cream

Do not use Dalacin Cream
If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to clindamycin,
lincomycin or to any of the other ingredients in this
cream.
Do not use if you suffer with a history of
inflammatory bowel disease or antibiotic-associated
colitis.

Important information about some of the
ingredients of Dalacin Cream
Dalacin Cream contains propylene glycol and
cetostearyl alcohol which may cause local skin
irritation and inflammation.
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How to use Dalacin Cream

Take special care with Dalacin Cream
Before taking this medicine make sure that your
doctor knows if you have diarrhoea or usually get
diarrhoea when you take antibiotics. If you develop
severe or prolonged or bloody diarrhoea during or
after using Dalacin Cream tell your doctor
immediately since it may be necessary to interrupt
the treatment. This may be a sign of bowel
inflammation (pseudomembranous colitis) which can
occur following treatment with antibiotics.

Always use Dalacin Cream exactly as your doctor
has told you. You should check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure how to use this
cream.

Dalacin cream is not recommended for use in
children.

Always wash your hands before using the cream.

As with all vaginal infections, sexual intercourse
during treatment with Dalacin Cream is not
recommended. Dalacin Cream may weaken
condoms and diaphragms. Do not rely on condoms
or contraceptive diaphragms when using this
medicine for 72 hours following treatment. The use
of other vaginal products such as tampons or
douches (vaginal washes) during treatment with the
cream is not recommended.

The usual dose is one applicator full (approx 5
grams), which should be placed into the vagina
each night at bedtime for seven consecutive nights.
Your doctor may recommend a shorter, three day
course of treatment depending on your symptoms.

Insertion:
Remove the cap from the
tube.
Screw one of the
disposable plastic
applicators supplied on to
the tube where the
cap has been removed.

Holding the tube from the bottom, squeeze
gently and force the cream into the applicator.
When the plunger stops moving, the applicator is
full.
Unscrew the applicator and replace the cap
on the tube.
Lie on your back, firmly
grasp the applicator
barrel, and insert gently
into the vagina as far
as possible without
causing discomfort.
Still holding the barrel,
slowly push the plunger
until it stops and all the cream has been
expelled.
Carefully withdraw the applicator and dispose of it. It
is preferable to wrap it in paper before disposal in a
waste container. Do not try to flush it down the toilet.

Uncommon side effects (likely to occur in less than
1 in 100 patients):
• Effects on your nervous system: dizziness,
vertigo, headaches.
• Effects on your stomach and intestines:
heartburn, nausea (feeling sick), vomiting,
diarrhoea, stomach pain and constipation.
If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice
any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell
your doctor or pharmacist.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report
side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
www. mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side
effects you can help provide more information on the
safety of this medicine.
5

How to store Dalacin Cream

Wash your hands well after applying the cream.
If you use more Dalacin Cream than you should
Tell your doctor. Do not use any more cream until
your doctor tells you to.
If you swallow Dalacin Cream
If you or somebody else swallows some Dalacin
Cream contact your doctor. The cream is not likely
to cause any harm but your doctor will be able to
give you advice on what to do.
If you miss a dose of Dalacin Cream
If the forgotten dose is just a few hours late, use it
straight away. If it is nearly time for your next
application, miss out the forgotten one. Do the next
application at the normal time. Do not use double
the amount but carry on using your Cream at the
usual times.
If you stop taking Dalacin Cream
Sometimes you may feel better after only a few days
treatment. Even if you do feel better, do not stop
using the cream until you have completed the full
course of treatment.
If you have any further questions on how to take this
product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Dalacin Cream can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.
Tell your doctor immediately if you:
• develop severe, persistent or bloody diarrhoea
(which may be associated with stomach pain or
fever). This is an uncommon side effect which may
occur after treatment with antibiotics and can be a
sign of serious bowel inflammation.
• experience an allergic reaction or skin reaction
such as hives or a measles-like rash. These are
very rare side effects.

• Do not store above 25°C.
• Do not freeze.
• KEEP OUT OF THE SIGHT AND REACH OF




CHILDREN.
Do not use Dalacin Cream after the expiry date
which is stated on the tube and carton label. The
expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
If your medicine becomes discoloured or shows
any signs of deterioration, ask your pharmacist
who will advise you what to do.
Medicines should not be disposed of via water
waste or household waste. Ask your pharmacist
how to dispose of medicines no longer required.
These measures will help to protect the
environment.

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Further Information

What Dalacin cream contains
The active substance is clindamycin phosphate.
Each 1g of cream contains 20mg clindamycin
(as phosphate).
The other ingredients sorbitan stearate,
polysorbate 60, propylene glycol, stearic acid,
cetostearyl alcohol, cetyl palmitate, liquid paraffin
and benzyl alcohol and purified water.
What Dalacin creame looks like and contents of
the pack
Dalacin Cream is a white, semi solid cream.
Each tube contains either 40g of cream.
Manufacturer and Licence Holder
Manufactured by Pfizer Manufacturing Belgium N.V.,
Puurs, Belgium and is procured from within the EU
and repackaged by the Product Licence Holder:
Lexon (UK) Limited, Unit 18, Oxleasow Road, East
Moons Moat, Redditch, Worcestershire, B98 0RE
is a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc.

POM PL 15184/1559
Leaflet revision date: 22/09/15

Very common side effects (likely to occur in more
than 1 in 10 patients):
• Effects on your genital area: irritation of the
vagina or cervix

Blind or partially sighted?
Is this leaflet hard to see or read?
Phone Lexon (UK) Limited,
Tel: 01527 505414 for help.
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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