clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide gel, Benzaclin, Acanya, Duac, Onexton (cont.)

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PRESCRIBED FOR: Clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide is used for the treatment of acne.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effect of clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide are:

Allergic reactions may also occur. Diarrhea, sometimes bloody, has been reported with topical clindamycin. This reaction, although quite rare, can be dangerous. Discontinuation is recommended if marked diarrhea develops.



PREPARATIONS: Gel (clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide): 1%/ 5% or 1.2%/2.5%, 3.75%

STORAGE: The gel can be stored at room temperature, up to 25 C (77 F), for up to three months after it is dispensed by the pharmacy. Unused gel should be discarded after three months.

DOSING: Clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide should be applied to acne lesions at bedtime (Duac), once daily (Acanya), twice daily, morning and evening (Benzaclin), or as directed by a physician. Affected areas should be washed, rinsed with warm water, and patted dry before applying clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: There are no known drug interactions with clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide.

PREGNANCY: Clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide has not been tested in pregnant women.

NURSING MOTHERS: Clindamycin/benzoyl Peroxide has not been tested among nursing women. Orally ingested clindamycin is secreted into breast milk and may cause side effects in the infant. Mothers should decide whether to stop breastfeeding or discontinue clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide.

Medically reviewed by Eni Williams, PharmD

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/6/2015

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