Generic Name: Clindamycin

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Evoclin is a topical medicine (applied directly on the skin) used to treat acne. Evoclin is available as a foam.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Although it is unclear exactly how Evoclin works, it is thought to stop the growth of a bacteria associated with acne.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Evoclin has been shown to clear or almost clear your acne.

    When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Evoclin exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may start to notice an improvement in your acne after starting treatment with Evoclin. This is a good indicator that your medication is working.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: headache, application-site reactions (such as burning, itching, or dryness).

    Less common side effects may include:

    Watery and bloody stools (with or without stomach cramps and fever), even as late as several weeks after having taken the last dose of Evoclin.

    Skin irritation, with symptoms such as redness, scaling, or stinging.

  • Who should not take this medication?

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

    Do not use Evoclin if you have a history of enteritis (inflammation of the small intestine), ulcerative colitis (inflammatory disease of the large intestine), or severe diarrhea with previous antibiotic use.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Evoclin. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of eczema (an inflammation or irritation of the skin) or if you are planning to have surgery.

  • What is the usual dosage?

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

    Adults and children >12 years: Apply once a day to the affected area(s) as directed by your healthcare provider.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Use Evoclin exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Before applying Evoclin, wash the skin on the affected area(s) with mild soap and allow it to fully dry.

    If you do not see an improvement in your condition in 6 to 8 weeks, call your healthcare provider.

    Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly use Evoclin.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not get Evoclin in or near your eyes, mouth, lips, or broken skin. If you get Evoclin in your eyes, mouth, lips, or broken skin, rinse well with water.

    Do not go near fire, flames, or smoking during and right after you apply Evoclin on your skin. Evoclin is flammable.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    If Evoclin is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Evoclin with erythromycin.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Evoclin during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are using Evoclin. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Evoclin, 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 this medication?

    Store at room temperature. Protect from heat.