clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide combination pack-topical, Z-Clinz (cont.)

SIDE EFFECTS: Dryness, redness, mild irritation/itching of the skin may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: severe burning/skin peeling. Avoid contact of this medication with hair or colored clothing because it may cause bleaching. The clindamycin in this medication may be absorbed by the skin into your body and may rarely cause a severe intestinal condition (pseudomembranous colitis) due to a resistant bacteria. This condition may occur while receiving therapy or even weeks after treatment has stopped. Do not use anti-diarrhea products or narcotic pain medications if you have the following symptoms because these products may make them worse. Seek immediate medical attention if you develop persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, or blood/mucus in your stool. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include: rash, severe itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

PRECAUTIONS: Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to benzoyl peroxide, clindamycin, lincomycin; or if you have any other allergies. This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: certain intestinal conditions (e.g., enteritis, ulcerative colitis, antibiotic associated colitis). Avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning booths, or sunlamps to prevent excessive irritation or drying of the skin. Use of other skin products that contain alcohol, peeling, or abrasive ingredients (e.g., tretinoin, salicylic acid) may increase skin irritation or dryness. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for instructions on how to minimize this side effect. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Based on information from related drugs, this medication may pass into breast milk and could have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Therefore, breast feeding is not recommended while using this drug. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

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