ZINDACLIN 1% GEL
Active substance(s): CLINDAMYCIN PHOSPHATE
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 pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to 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 pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1. What Zindaclin is and what it is used for.
2. Before you use Zindaclin.
3. How to use Zindaclin.
4. Possible side effects.
5. How to store Zindaclin.
6. Further information.
1. WHAT ZINDACLIN IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Zindaclin is used to treat acne (spots). Zindaclin is an antibiotic that reduces the number of bacteria and stops the skin pores
becoming blocked and new spots forming. Zindaclin may also help to reduce the redness of the spots you already have.
It will take some time once you have started using Zindaclin before you see your acne improving.
What is acne?
Acne is an extremely common skin condition most common in adolescence, but not restricted to this stage of life.
During adolescence, glands in the skin produce extra grease in response to normal amounts of sex hormones in the body, and
this can cause blocked pores, resulting in blackheads. When this happens the pores are invaded by bacteria. The chemicals
produced by these bacteria go into deeper layers of the skin and produce red spots filled with pus.
2. BEFORE YOU USE ZINDACLIN
Do not use Zindaclin
• If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to the active substance clindamycin phosphate or any of the other ingredients
(See Section 6).
• If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to lincomycin another type of antibiotic.
Zindaclin should not be used by children under the age of 12 years.
Take special care with Zindaclin
• Before you use Zindaclin consult your doctor if you suffer from a condition known as inflammatory bowel disease or you
have had diarrhoea when you have taken antibiotics. If you do get diarrhoea, when using Zindaclin, you must stop using
it straight away and tell your doctor immediately.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or recently taken or used any other medicines, including medicines you
have bought without a prescription.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking or using any medicine.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or trying to become pregnant before using Zindaclin.
Clindamycin can pass into breast milk, even if you only use it on your skin, so you should not breast feed while using Zindaclin.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Zindaclin
This product contains about 20% ethanol. Each gram contains about 0.2g of alcohol.
3. HOW TO USE ZINDACLIN
Zindaclin must not be taken by mouth. It is for use on the skin only.
Always use Zindaclin as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
• You should use Zindaclin once a day. Wash as normal, rinse well and pat your skin dry. Apply a small amount of gel in a
thin layer to the whole of the area where you usually get the spots.
• It is important to replace the cap after you have used Zindaclin.
• apply Zindaclin to areas where you do not usually get spots.
• use Zindaclin in an attempt to stop you getting acne, it does not work that way.
• just dab Zindaclin onto individual spots.
• apply a thick layer of Zindaclin in any particular area as this will not get rid of the spots any quicker.
Take care to avoid your eyes, inside your nose or mouth when applying Zindaclin. If you accidentally put gel on these areas,
wash them straight away with plenty of water.
Successful treatment of acne can take several months. You may not see any effect of treatment for several weeks.
After that you should note a gradual but definite improvement but maximum benefit may take several months. You may need
to use more than one tube of Zindaclin during each course of treatment. Use Zindaclin for as long as your doctor tells you.
Try not to pick or squeeze spots as this can make your acne worse and even lead to scarring.
If you use more Zindaclin than you should
You do not need to worry, just wash your treated skin with plenty of water. Contact your doctor or your local hospital if you are
If you forget to use Zindaclin
Use it as soon as you remember and then continue to use as your doctor has told you. Do not apply a double dose to make up
for a forgotten application.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Zindaclin can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Common (affecting fewer than 1 in 10 but more than 1 in 100)
• Dry skin
• Redness of the skin
• Skin burning
• Irritation around eyes
• Worsening of acne
• Itchy skin
Uncommon (affecting fewer than 1 in 100 but more than 1 in 1,000)
• Painful skin
• Scaly rash
You can relieve these unwanted effects by using an oil free moisturiser on the affected area.
When clindamycin (the active ingredient in Zindaclin) is given by mouth or injection it has been known to cause inflammation
of the bowel, leading to diarrhoea with blood and mucus. This reaction is extremely rare when clindamycin is applied on the
skin. However, if you get diarrhoea with blood and mucus, stop using Zindaclin and contact your doctor.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, 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 ZINDACLIN
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Zindaclin does not require any special storage conditions.
Do not use Zindaclin after the expiry date which is stated on the tube and box after the abbreviation used for expiry date. The
expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines
no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Zindaclin contains
The name of your medicine is Zindaclin 1% Gel.
Zindaclin gel contains the active ingredient clindamycin phosphate. Each tube of gel contains 1.2% clindamycin
phosphate equivalent to 1% clindamycin. Zindaclin also contains propylene glycol, purified water, ethanol, zinc acetate,
hydroxyethylcellulose and sodium hydroxide.
What Zindaclin looks like and contents of the pack
Zindaclin is a white translucent gel.
Zindaclin is available in 15g or 30g laminate tubes with a seal covering the opening and a screw cap.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Crawford Healthcare Ltd, Kind Edward Court, King Edward Road, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 0BE, UK.
Dr. August Wolff GmbH & Co. KG, Arzneimittel, Sudbrackstrasse 56, 33611, Bielefeld, Germany.
Date of approval of this leaflet: July 2014
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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