Clindamycin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic and works very well against some specific types of bacteria and is used for acne treatment.

Uses of clindamycin

Clindamycin is used for managing infections and conditions caused by susceptible aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, including:

The dosages for all these conditions vary and should only be used as per doctor’s advice.

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Uses of clindamycin topical

Topical clindamycin is used for the treatment of acne. It works by reducing the growth of acne-causing bacteria. This results in reduction of number of acne lesions. Usually clindamycin is used along with benzoyl peroxide to treat acne, as both combined result in more effective acne management than any of the products alone.

How to use Clindamycin Topical

Clindamycin should only be used if it’s prescribed by a doctor. Every medicine has its side effects and may result in antibiotic resistance if the course is not properly completed. Therefore use it for the complete duration advised by the doctor. Don’t stop using the medicine before prescribed duration even if your acne resolves before that period or isn’t resolving at all, at least not without informing your doctor. Use topical clindamycin exactly as advised by your doctor. Also read the prescription label that comes along the medicine before using it. Usual usage instructions include:

If you’re planning to undergo any surgical procedure, inform your doctor that you’re using clindamycin topical so that they may consider stopping its use if needed in your specific case.

When NOT to use Clindamycin

Avoid using clindamycin when you:

Discuss in detail with your doctor if clindamycin topical is safe for you in your condition.

Safety and Precautions

If you’re allergic to clindamycin or lincomycin, inform your doctor before using it. Also tell him about any other allergies that you have. Check other ingredients in the product that you’re being advised to use. It may contain other drugs and chemicals along with clindamycin too. Make sure you’re not allergic to any of them. Tell your doctor regarding your past and current medical history, especially:

Make sure you keep the drug out of reach of children. Dispose off the drug properly when not used or expired, don’t throw it in the water. Never use the expired drug and never give your medication to anyone else, even if they’re suffering from the same symptoms.

Drug interactions

Medicines can interfere or interact with other drugs or products being used by the patients, which may reduce its efficacy or enhance the side effects. Several drugs interactions associated with clindamycin include:

Discuss in detail with your doctor if you’re planning to or are already using other drugs so that he may advise accordingly.

Side effects of topical clindamycin

Every drug has its side effects and can result in unexpected results. Clindamycin has a risk of common side effects along with less common life threating ones too that can occur especially if the medicine is absorbed into the blood stream. This is not the complete list of side effects that may occur; however the common side effects of clindamycin include:

These side effects are mainly associated with oral or systemic use of clindamycin, but are possible with topical one too:

If you experience any of these side effects, stop using the medicine and take advice from your doctor. Rarely, in less than 0.1% of the patients, clindamycin may also cause:

Serious side effects of include:

If you experience any of the serious side effects, stop using the drug, wash the applied medicine if possible and rush to the hospital immediately to prevent any life threatening condition.