STORAGE: Clindamycin topical preparations should be stored at room temperature, 20 C to 25 C (68 F to 77 F).
DOSING: A thin film of the lotion, and solution should be applied to affected areas every 12 hours. A thin film of the foam should be applied to the affected areas once daily. The gel may be applied once or twice daily depending on the brand. The swab is used to apply a thin layer of clindamycin film to the affected area twice daily. Each swab should be used once and then discarded.
DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM:
- Clindamycin is an antibiotic used for treating several infections. It is effective against several types of bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Staphylococcus epidermidis, and Propionibacterium acnes.
- It reduces growth of bacteria by interfering with their ability to make proteins.
- The FDA approved clindamycin for topical (on the skin) use in July, 1980.
Medically reviewed by Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Reference: FDA Prescribing Information
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