Acanya

Generic Name: Clindamycin

  • What is Acanya?

    Acanya is a topical gel (applied directly on the skin) that is used to treat acne.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Acanya?

    Acanya is for external use only. Do not use it in your lips, mouth, eyes, vagina, o open wounds.

    This medication can cause severe colitis (inflammation of the colon) and diarrhea. If you notice severe diarrhea, stop using this medication and tell your doctor immediately.

  • Who should not take Acanya?

    Do not use Acanya if you have a history of inflammatory disease of the colon or intestines, or inflammation of the colon with past antibiotic use.

    Do not use Acanya if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Acanya?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Acanya. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have any allergies, a history of inflammatory disease of the colon or intestines, plan to have surgery with general anesthesia, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children ≥12 years: Apply a pea-sized amount of the gel to the affected area(s) once a day.

  • How should I take Acanya?

    Apply Acanya as prescribed by your doctor. Wash your face gently with a mild soap, rinse with warm water, and pat your skin dry. Apply a pea-sized amount of Acanya onto your fingertip and gently spread the gel over your face. Use enough medication to cover your whole face. Wash your hands after applying Acanya.

  • What should I avoid while taking Acanya?

    Do not use Acanya in your lips, mouth, eyes, nose, vagina, or open wounds. If this occurs, rinse the affected area with warm water. If it becomes red, itchy, or swollen, tell your doctor immediately.

    Do not wash your face more than 2-3 times a day.

    Do not excessively expose your skin to the sun. Use a sunscreen if needed.

    Do not get Acanya gel in your hair or on colored fabric. This medication can cause bleaching.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Acanya?

    If Acanya is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Acanya with the following: erythromycin-containing products, or other medications for external use.

  • What are the possible side effects of Acanya?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: allergic reactions, application-site irritation, colitis, skin irritation

  • Can I receive Acanya if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Acanya during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Acanya?

    If you miss a dose of Acanya, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store Acanya?

    Store at room temperature.