Generic Name: clindamycin phosphate
Drug Class: lincomycin antibiotic
Cleocin Gel Indications
Cleocin Gel is a topical prescription gel used to treat acne. It also helps treat acne lesions. This may also be given for diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, and pseudomembranous colitis. This should not be prescribed for infections to which the cause is unknown or yet to be identified.
Warnings & Dosage
Cleocin Gel Warnings and Precautions
Do not administer this prescription drug if you have a known allergy to clindamycin, lincomycin, or any Cleocin Gel ingredients the topical solution may contain. It is important to watch out for symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including difficulty breathing, swelling in the face or neck, severe dizziness, swollen lymph nodes, hives, or itchy skin. Get medical help right away if you have any symptoms listed above.
This topical medication may be contraindicated for people with a history of chronic asthma, hay fever, and intestinal diseases. Also, because of possible drug interactions, you should discuss all the prescription medications, OTC medications, supplements, and herbal products you are taking.
Elderly patients who are advised to use this gel should use it with caution. The skin can become more fragile or sensitive as we grow older. Always look out for signs of swelling or skin blisters while using this product.
Pregnant moms should use this topical medication only if extremely necessary, as it is not yet known if it can cause harm to unborn babies. Nursing mothers should take care to avoid accidental infant ingestion if they apply the product to their chest. You must discuss all the possible risks with your doctor before deciding to use this product.
There is no interaction established when taking alcohol at the same time.
Cleocin Gel Dosage Forms
This is available in Cleocin Gel 10 mg clindamycin per gram topical gel. This is also available in Cleocin topical solution and topical lotion.
Cleocin Gel Mechanism of Action
The exact mechanism of this topical gel is not fully known yet. However, this product is known to be effective in stopping the growth of bacteria to carry out vital functions. It binds with the 23S RNA of the 50S subunit of the bacteria. It then inhibits the bacteria protein synthesis at the ribosomal level. This lincomycin is known to have a bacteriostatic action which means that it could prevent the growth of bacteria.
How to Use Cleocin Gel
Before starting your Cleocin Gel treatment, it is necessary to read the information leaflet or medication guide given by a healthcare professional. It is important that you have a complete understanding of the uses and directions of the medication before taking it.
This gel must only be administered on the skin. This is usually prescribed once to twice a day or as directed by your physician. Make a dosing schedule. It is best to use this drug at equal intervals. Do not increase or decrease your Cleocin Gel dosage, and do not use it more frequently than advised. Do not discontinue the drug abruptly unless advised by a healthcare professional.
Step-by-step guide on how to use Cleocin Gel
- Thoroughly wash your hands before applying this topical gel.
- Cleanse the affected area of the skin using a mild cleanser and pat it dry.
- Dispense a small amount of gel onto your fingers.
- Using your fingers, apply the product to the affected area and spread it evenly. Allow it to absorb before applying other products, especially on your face.
- Once you are done, wash and dry your hands again.
Cleocin Gel Side Effects
Mild & Common Side Effects:
- Mild burning on the skin
- Oily skin
- Skin peeling
Severe Side Effects:
- Severe irritation
- Skin blisters
- Persistent redness
- Blood in the stool
- Persistent diarrhea
- Abdominal pain
- C. difficile infection
Note that this is not a full/complete list of the side effects of Cleocin Gel.
When side effects become severe or persistent, contact your doctor immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How much does Cleocin Gel cost in Canada?
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What is Cleocin Gel used for?
Cleocin Gel (clindamycin phosphate) is used to treat acne outbreaks. This includes mild to moderate acne and propionibacteria acnes. It can also be used to treat bacterial infections, but it should not be used in treating any viral infection or fungal infection.
How fast does Cleocin Gel work?
This antibiotic gel may start to work after 1 to two days of proper use. However, it may take a couple of days or weeks before you notice improvements in your condition. You must keep using this antibiotic regularly, but avoid administering it more frequently or longer than prescribed to avoid the destruction of beneficial bacteria.
Does Cleocin Gel decrease sebum?
This lincomycin antibiotic does not work on sebaceous glands and does not appear to decrease sebum production. Its action focuses on stopping or slowing bacteria growth, which helps treat and prevent acne.
Does Cleocin Gel treat bacterial vaginosis?
Generally, lincosamides antibiotics are effective in treating BV or bacterial vaginosis. You may use Cleocin Vaginal Cream for this condition. This is specifically formulated to cure bacterial vaginosis and help manage its symptoms.
Can I buy Cleocin Gel over the counter?
This vaginal gel is a prescription drug. You need to have a valid prescription before purchasing from any pharmacy. Do not use this medication unless prescribed.
Can you apply moisturizer after Cleocin gel?
You can apply a gentle moisturizer after applying Clindamycin gel. You’ll feel less irritation and dryness.
Is there an alternative for Cleocin Gel?
At present, there are no available alternatives that are similar to this topical gel. If this product is not working for you, you should inform your healthcare provider or doctor to be able to discuss other treatment options. Do not use other medications without the advice of your physician.
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