clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide gel, Benzaclin, Acanya, Duac, Onexton

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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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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