clindamycin, Cleocin T, Clinda-Derm

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GENERIC NAME: clindamycin phosphate, topical

BRAND NAME: Cleocin T, Clindagel, ClindaDerm, Clindets, Evoclin

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PRESCRIBED FOR: Clindamycin topical (for application to the skin) is available as gels, foam, lotion, solution, and swab for treating acne.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of topical clindamycin are:

  • burning
  • Itching
  • Dryness
  • skin redness
  • oily skin

Some clindamycin topical solutions contain an alcohol base which will cause burning and irritation in the eye.

Possible serious side effects of clindamycin include:

Stomach pain and folliculitis (inflammation of the tissue surrounding the base of hairs) may occur during treatment with topical clindamycin.

Orally administered and injected clindamycin may cause severe colitis. Topical formulations of clindamycin may be absorbed from the skin surface, and diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, and colitis (including pseudomembranous colitis) have been reported with the use of topical clindamycin.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/19/2016



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