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This combination product contains two medications: clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide. Clindamycin belongs to the family of medications known as antibiotics.
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This combination product contains two medications: clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide. Clindamycin belongs to the family of medications known as antibiotics. Benzoyl peroxide is a medication that has antibacterial effects and is a peeling agent. This combination product is used to treat certain types of Acne. It works by killing bacteria that cause acne and by peeling off skin cells. It may take several weeks to months for your acne to improve.
Benzaclin may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of Benzaclin may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of Benzaclin may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested Benzaclin for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given Benzaclin, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using Benzaclin without consulting your doctor.
Do not give Benzaclin to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use Benzaclin if their doctor has not prescribed it.
Clindamycin - benzoyl peroxide should be applied to the affected skin areas twice daily, in the morning and before bedtime. Wash your skin, rinse with warm water, gently pat dry, and then apply the medication. Avoid contact with eyes, nostrils, mouth, and sensitive skin. If contact does occur, rinse with plenty of cool tap water. Wash your hands before and after using Benzaclin.
It is important to use Benzaclin exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
Store Benzaclin at room temperature, keep the jar tightly closed and keep out of the reach of children. Discard any unused gel after 90 days.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent. The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes Benzaclin. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of Benzaclin with your doctor.
The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking Benzaclin. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.
Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.
Although most of these side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not check with your doctor or seek medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking Benzaclin.
Each 1 g of gel contains 10 mg of clindamycin and 50 mg of benzoyl peroxide. Nonmedicinal ingredients: carbomer, dioctyl sodium, sulfosuccinate, purified water, and sodium hydroxide.
Do not take Benzaclin if you:
There may be an interaction between clindamycin - benzoyl peroxide and any of the following:
If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
Medications other than those listed above may interact with Benzaclin. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the Nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or Allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use Benzaclin.
Colitis: When applied to the skin, clindamycin is absorbed into the bloodstream and can cause colitis (inflammation of the colon). Contact your doctor immediately if you experience abdominal pain, cramps or bloating, severe watery diarrhea that may be bloody, or nausea and vomiting.
Contact: Avoid contact with eyes, mucous membranes (easily irritated areas around the nostrils and mouth), and sensitive skin. If contact does occur, wash with plenty of cool tap water. Avoid contact with hair, fabrics, carpeting, or other materials, as benzoyl peroxide may cause bleaching.
Other acne medications: Other acne medications and skin preparations should not be used at the same time as clindamycin - benzoyl peroxide as it may cause increased skin irritation. If severe irritation occurs, stop using Benzaclin and contact your doctor.
Skin irritation: Some people may experience temporary skin irritation, especially in early weeks of treatment. Your skin may also become more sensitive to the sun. If you experience severe reactions and your skin becomes extremely red, swollen, and crusted, stop using the medication and contact your doctor.
Pregnancy: Benzaclin should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while you are on Benzaclin or if you are planning to become pregnant, contact your doctor.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if clindamycin - benzoyl peroxide gel passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are using Benzaclin, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of Benzaclin have not been established for children under 12 years of age.
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