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

HOW TO USE: Use this medication topically, usually twice daily, or as directed by your doctor. Do not use it more often than prescribed. You may need to use it less often if your skin becomes too dry at the beginning of your treatment. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for further details. Before applying this medication, gently wash your face, rinse it, and pat the affected skin area dry. Avoid getting this medication into your eyes, nose, mouth, and broken or inflamed skin since it may cause irritation. If this occurs, rinse the area well with water. There are two different medications in this product. Apply the clindamycin solution first and then the benzoyl peroxide gel as directed by your doctor or pharmacist. Wash your hands after each use. Follow the instructions provided with these medications. If you have any questions, ask your pharmacist. Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same time(s) each day. It may take a few weeks before you notice significant improvement. Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

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.

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