Cleocin T

Generic Name: Clindamycin

  • What is Cleocin T?

    Cleocin T is an antibiotic used to treat acne.

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

    Cleocin T is for external use only. Although applied only to the skin, some of this medication could be absorbed into the bloodstream, and it has been known to cause severe, sometimes even fatal, colitis (an inflammation of the lower bowel) when taken internally. Symptoms, which can occur up to several weeks following discontinuation of the product, include severe diarrhea, severe abdominal cramps, and the possibility of the passage of blood.

    If you have diarrhea while taking Cleocin T, check with your doctor before taking an antidiarrheal medication, as certain drugs may cause your diarrhea to become worse.

    Use with caution if you have allergic disorders such as hay fever, asthma, or eczema (an inflammation or irritation of the skin).

  • Who should not take Cleocin T?

    If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to Cleocin T or similar drugs, such as lincomycin, you should not use this medication. Make sure your doctor is aware of any drug reactions you have experienced.

    Unless your doctor directs you to do so, do not take this medication if you have ever had an intestinal inflammation, ulcerative colitis, or antibiotic-associated colitis.

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with this drug. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have allergies, asthma, eczema, or stomach problems.

  • 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 thin film of gel, solution, or lotion twice daily to the affected area. If necessary, use an application pad, called a "pledget."

  • How should I take Cleocin T?

    More than 1 pledget (application pad) may be used. Each pledget should be used only once and then be discarded. Remove the pledget from foil just before use. Do not use it if the seal is broken.

    Shake the lotion well immediately before using.

    Use this medication exactly as prescribed.

  • What should I avoid while taking Cleocin T?

    Take care not to get this medication in your eyes, nose, mouth, or any skin abrasions. In the event of accidental contact, rinse the affected area with cool water.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Cleocin T?

    If Cleocin T 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 Cleocin T with antidiarrheal medications such as diphenoxylate and atropine.

    Cleocin T may interact with neuromuscular blocking agents such as succinylcholine and pancuronium, which are used during surgical procedures. Notify your doctor that you are using Cleocin T prior to any surgeries or medical procedures.

  • What are the possible side effects of Cleocin T?

    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: burning, itching, peeling skin, oiliness, redness, dryness, abdominal pain

  • Can I receive Cleocin T if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Cleocin T 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 Cleocin T?

    If you miss a dose of Cleocin T, apply the missed dose as soon as you remember it. 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 Cleocin T?

    Store at room temperature. Protect from freezing. Store liquids in tightly closed containers.

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