Clindamycin Phosphate

Generic Name: Clindamycin

  • What is Clindamycin Phosphate?

    Clindamycin phosphate is a topical medicine (applied directly on the skin) that is used to treat acne. It is available in a solution, lotion, or gel.

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

    Clindamycin phosphate is for external use only. This medication can cause burning and irritation of the eyes. Do not use it in your eyes. If contact occurs, rinse your eyes thoroughly with water.

    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 Clindamycin Phosphate?

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

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with clindamycin phosphate. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have allergies, other skin conditions, plan to have surgery with general anesthesia, or a history of inflammatory disease of the colon or intestines.

  • 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 layer of the solution, lotion, or gel to the affected area(s) twice a day.

  • How should I take Clindamycin Phosphate?

    Apply clindamycin phosphate as prescribed by your doctor.

    Remove the application pad from the jar just before use of clindamycin phosphate solution. You may use more than one application pad. Dispose each application pad after single use only. Do not use the medication if the seal is broken.

    Shake the lotion well immediately before use.

  • What should I avoid while taking Clindamycin Phosphate?

    Do not use clindamycin phosphate in your eyes.

    Clindamycin phosphate has an unpleasant taste. You should be careful when you are applying it around the mouth.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Clindamycin Phosphate?

    If clindamycin phosphate is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is important to check with your doctor before combining clindamycin phosphate with any other medication.

  • What are the possible side effects of Clindamycin Phosphate?

    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, colitis, dryness, itching, oily skin, peeling, redness, stomach pain

  • Can I receive Clindamycin Phosphate if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of clindamycin phosphate 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 Clindamycin Phosphate?

    If you miss a dose of clindamycin phosphate, 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 Clindamycin Phosphate?

    Store at room temperature.