Benzaclin Topical Gel
clindamycin - benzoyl peroxide
In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02248472 ||BENZACLIN TOPICAL GEL|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
This combination product contains two medications: clindamycin and benzoyl peroxide. Clindamycin belongs to the family of medications known as antibiotics. Benzoyl peroxide is a medication that has antibacterial effects and is a peeling agent. This combination product is used to treat certain types of acne. It works by killing bacteria that cause acne and by peeling off skin cells. It may take several weeks to months for improvement of your acne to occur.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
Clindamycin - benzoyl peroxide should be applied to the affected skin areas twice daily, in the morning and before bedtime, after the skin has been washed, rinsed with warm water, and gently patted dry. Avoid contact with eyes, nostrils, mouth, and sensitive skin. If contact does occur, rinse with plenty of cool tap water. Wash your hands before and after using this medication.
It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
Store this medication at room temperature, keep tube tightly closed and keep out of the reach of children. Discard any unused gel after 90 days.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each g of gel contains 10 mg of clindamycin and 50 mg of benzoyl peroxide. Nonmedicinal ingredients: carbomer, dioctyl sodium, sulfosuccinate, purified water, and sodium hydroxide.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take this medication if you:
- are allergic to clindamycin, lincomycin, benzoyl peroxide, or to any of the ingredients of this medication
- have a history of colitis associated with antibiotic use
- have a history of Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, or inflammation of the small intestine