What is Onexton?
Onexton gel is a drug with a combination of antibiotic and drying properties made by Valeant Pharmaceuticals. It’s indicated to be topical treatment of acne vulgaris and works by killing the bacteria associated with acne.
Contents of Onexton
Onexton gel contains:
- Clindamycin – an antibiotic with bacteriostatic effect, which means that it inhibits the bacteria from reproducing and growing, however it may not necessarily kill the pre-existing ones on its own
- Benzoyl peroxide – an organic compound with antiseptic and bleaching properties
Both drugs are combined to get more results as compared to what either of them would have achieved alone. Note that both of these drugs are used for various purposes other than the treatment of acne. They both have their own side effects and therefore shouldn’t be used without doctor’s advice. Ingredients of Onexton gel include:
- Active ingredients
- Clindamycin phosphate 1.2%
- Benzoyl peroxide 3.7%
- Inactive ingredients
- Potassium hydroxide
- Carbomer 980
- Propylene glycol
- Purified water
The active ingredients provide the intended pharmacological and therapeutic activity directly. Any other compound present in the drug is called an inactive ingredient.
When Not to use Onexton
Onexton and other drugs should not be used without a qualified physician’s advice. There are many conditions in which using Onexton is questionable and should not be taken including:
- Children of age under 12 years should not use Onexton gel
- Women who are pregnant or planning to be pregnant
- During breast feeding
- For longer than 12 weeks
- If you have a known allergy to the ingredients of Onexton (clindamycin, benzoyl peroxide or to lincomycin)
- If you have a history of bowel disorders including:
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Crohn’s disease or regional enteritis
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Pseudomembranous colitis
- Severe diarrhea or inflammation of colon due to antibiotics usage
- You are already taking drugs containing erythromycin
- You are taking herbal preparations
- You are taking dietary supplements
- If you’re already using any other medicine for you skin
- If you’re using sulfones containing topical products like:
The constituents of this drug can interact with various other drugs not listed here, thus using this medication should be discussed in detail with your doctor. Discuss your past and current medical and surgical histories. Also tell them if you have allergy to any food or medicine.
How to use Onexton Gel
Use this gel exactly like your doctor instructs you. He may advise you to use it as follows, however if he tells you differently as per your condition, follow his advice.
- Apply gel on your skin only once daily, on almost the same time of the day.
- Wash your face gently before using Onexton using a mild cleanser and warm water. Pat your skin dry and don’t rub it.
- Taking a pea sized amount of gel on your finger tip should be enough to apply it on your entire face
- Place dots of cream on your finger tip on six places on your face including:
- Left forehead
- Right forehead
- Right cheek
- Left cheek
- It’s important to rub the gel all over your face, therefore spread the gel over your face and rub gently
- If you’re adviced to apply the gel on other skin areas with acne, confirm from your doctor how much you should apply there
- Never use the gel more than the amount prescribed by your doctor
- Never use the gel if not prescribed
- Repeated or long-term use of Onexton gel can result in undesired secondary infection. If you experience any, discuss with your doctor and he may possibly change your medication to treat your condition and infection
Precautions for using Onexton Gel
While using Onexton, make sure you don’t have any of the above mentioned conditions when not to use it. Also make sure that you:
- Limit sun exposure
- Avoid sun lamps
- Avoid tanning beds
- Use wide brim hat when in sun
- Use sun screen of SPF 15 or higher when in sun
- Avoid letting Onexton touch your hair or skin as it contains bleaching agent and may change the color of your hair or fabric.
- Do not use Onexton for any non-prescribed condition.
- Do not give your Onexton gel to anyone and don’t use anyone else’s gel yourself, even if both have the same symptoms.
- Stop using Onexton if your symptoms worsen instead of getting better.
Side effects of Onexton
Onexton may cause serious side effects in some patients, including:
- Allergic reaction
- Stop using immediately, wash your skin thoroughly and contact your doctor as soon as possible
- Can be potentially life threatening if not managed urgently
- Symptoms of allergic reaction include:
- Severe itching
- Swelling on or around:
- Or any other unexpected swelling
- Difficulty in breathing
- Colitis (inflammation of colon)
- If you experience severely watery or bloody diarrhea, stop using the medicine immediately and consult your doctor
- Skin irritation
- Symptoms include:
- Skin rash
- Redness of skin
- Burning sensation on skin
- Itching on skin
- Swelling on skin
- Stop using the gel immediately, wash thoroughly and contact your doctor as soon as possible
If you experience any of the side effects related to Onexton, stop its usage, clean it from your skin if possible and see an expert immediately and discuss in detail what might be causing these symptoms and if it’s safe for you to continue using it.
The medicine present in Onexton is not safe for swallowing. If swallowed or otherwise overdose is suspected, contact poison control or your doctor as early as possible to avoid any severe complications.
Storage of Onexton Gel
When storing the medicine, follow these guidelines:
- Do not freeze Onexton gel
- Store at room temperature at or below 25 °C or 77 °F
- Store the pump in upright position
- Keep its container air tight
- Make sure that the gel has clear expiration date and that you don’t use it after it’s expired
- Dispose off the expired or unused drug safely, don’t throw it in the water or in the open.
- Keep all the medicines out of reach of children
Remember that using medicines on your own can be harmful, even if they’re only topical gels. Onexton should be avoided if you have any of the above-mentioned concerns for its usage or if you’re pregnant, expecting to be pregnant, or breast-feeding. If there are any undesired symptoms or results while using the medicine, stop using it immediately and consult your doctor.