BenzaClin

Generic Name: Clindamycin

  • What is BenzaClin?

    BenzaClin is used for the treatment of acne.

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

    Although BenzaClin is applied only to the skin, some of this medication can be absorbed into the bloodstream. Once in the system, it can cause severe colitis (inflammation of the colon), which may result in death. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience colitis symptoms, including severe or bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps.

    You should not use any other topical acne preparation unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

    If you develop allergic symptoms such as severe swelling or shortness of breath, discontinue BenzaClin and contact your doctor immediately.

  • Who should not take BenzaClin?

    Do not use BenzaClin if you are allergic to any of its components or to lincomycin. Also, avoid BenzaClin if you have a history of colitis or regional enteritis (inflammation of the small intestine).

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with BenzaClin. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, including if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • 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 BenzaClin twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, or as directed by your doctor.

  • How should I take BenzaClin?

    Apply BenzaClin twice daily, in the morning and evening or as directed by your doctor to the affected area. Before applying BenzaClin, gently wash the affected skin, rinse with warm water, and pat dry.

    Evenly spread a small amount of BenzaClin with your fingertips over the affected areas. Do not use BenzaClin more often than recommended by your doctor. Excessive use can make your skin dry or irritated.

  • What should I avoid while taking BenzaClin?

    BenzaClin is for external use only. Avoid contact with eyes and all mucous membranes. Avoid or minimize exposure to natural or artificial sunlight (tanning beds or UVA/UVB treatment). To avoid sunburns, apply a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. BenzaClin may bleach hair or colored fabric; avoid getting it on your clothes.

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

    If BenzaClin is taken 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 BenzaClin with medications containing erythromycin.

    Use other topical (medicine applied to the skin surface or directly on the skin) acne therapy only when directed by your doctor, since irritation may occur.

  • What are the possible side effects of BenzaClin?

    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: application-site reactions, dry skin, itching, peeling, skin redness, sunburn

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

    The effects of BenzaClin during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Talk with your doctor before taking this drug if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

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

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

  • How should I store BenzaClin?

    Store BenzaClin at room temperature in a tightly closed container. Do not freeze. Discard any unused product after 3 months.

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