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Generic Name: C/T/S

What is this medicine?

CLINDAMYCIN (KLIN da MYE sin) is a lincosamide antibiotic. It is used on the skin to stop the growth of certain bacteria that cause acne.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • kidney or liver disease
  • stomach problems like colitis
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to clindamycin, lincomycin, other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for external use only. Wash hands before and after use. Wash affected area and gently pat dry. Do not place the foam directly onto your hands or face. The warmth of your skin will cause the foam to melt. Place the desired amount directly into the cap or onto a cool surface. If the can feels warm or the foam seems runny, run the can under cold water. To apply, pick up small amounts of the foam with your fingertips and gently massage into the affected area(s) until the foam disappears. Apply as often as prescribed by your doctor or health care professional. Do not use this medicine near the eyes, nose, or mouth. If you do get any in your eyes rinse out with plenty of cool tap water. Use this medicine for the full course prescribed by your doctor or health care professional, even if you think your condition is better. Do not stop using except on your the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • medicated cosmetics, including coverup preparations
  • other acne products including benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or tretinoin
  • skin care products that have a high alcohol content (some shaving creams, lotions, or after shave lotion)
  • some skin cleansers or medicated soaps

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your acne should start to get better within about 6 weeks. Complete improvement may take longer. Tell your doctor or health care professional if you do not see any improvement.

Your skin may get very dry and scale or peel. Let your doctor or health care professional know if this happens and do not use any soothing cream or ointment without advice.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • diarrhea that is watery or severe
  • pain on swallowing
  • stomach pain or cramps
  • unusual bleeding or bruising

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • dry skin
  • nausea, vomiting

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Do not freeze. Do not puncture the container. Do not expose to heat or store at temperature above 49 degrees C (120 degrees F). This medicine is flammable. Keep away from lighted matches, cigarettes and other naked flames during and immediately following application. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


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