Duac

Generic Name: Clindamycin

  • What is Duac?

    Duac is indicated for the topical (on the skin) treatment of inflammatory acne.

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

    Duac is for external use only.

    Duac may bleach hair or colored fabric.

    Try to minimize sun exposure by wearing appropriate clothing.

    Do not use any other topical acne preparations unless otherwise directed by your physician.

    You should not use erythromycin-containing products in combination with Duac. Clindamycin taken by mouth or applied to the skin has been associated with severe colitis, which may result in death.

    Diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, and colitis have been reported. Colitis is usually characterized by severe persistent diarrhea and severe abdominal cramps and may be associated with the passage of blood and mucus.

  • Who should not take Duac?

    Do not apply Duac if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients. Also, do not apply Duac if you have a history of diarrhea (ulcerative colitis, pseudomembranous colitis, regional enteritis, or antibiotic-associated colitis).

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Duac. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you are experiencing bowel 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: Duac should be applied once daily, in the evening or as directed by your doctor.

  • How should I take Duac?

    Wash the affected area gently with warm water and pat dry. Apply the topical gel on the affected area as directed.

  • What should I avoid while taking Duac?

    Avoid exposing your eyes, and inside the nose, mouth, and all mucous membranes. Limit your exposure to the sun or artificial sunlight while using this product. In addition, avoid using other acne medications with Duac unless directed to do so by your doctor.

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

    If Duac 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 Duac with erythromycin and other acne medicine-containing products.

  • What are the possible side effects of Duac?

    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, dryness, peeling, redness

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

    The effects of Duac during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Talk to your healthcare provider if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

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

    If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as you remember. If it is close to the time of your next dose, skip it and resume your scheduled dose. Do not apply two doses at the same time.

  • How should I store Duac?

    Store at room temperature. Keep the tube tightly closed and discard it after the expiration date.

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